In our forums Proudiddy breaks down his reasons for why this is the best Bobcats team yet. Take a look.
This is our best team yet, simple as that. That being said, I’d like to point out why, with our strengths.
*Felton and Augustin have to be among the top PG duos in the league, if not the best. They both look great.
*The SF position looks REAL good. We all know what GDub brings to the table… IMO, probably the most underrated and under appreciated player in the league, yet still one of the best night in and night out. The real surprise here is Stephen Graham. The recent articles about him on the Observer, I chalked up to just being fluff.
The guy is good. I figured he would be the intensity, energy, come-off-the-bench, defensive specialist guy. Well, he is. And more! The guy can play offensively. He has range, and is athletic. He can drive and get to the basket. And best of all, he’s smart about his shots, they’re taken within the offense, yet he seems to recognize when to push the issue and create his own shot. I don’t see a lot of drop-off at all from Gerald to Stephen.
*I am shining up my knife and fork right now… Getting my salt and pepper out… And preparing to eat my crow. Why? Lexy may be a legitimate NBA player. I thought he was a bum when we drafted him and it was a wasted pick. I thought when LB came out and trashed him to the media, that was the final straw. Well, LB is a smart guy… And that apparently was more to challenge Lexy than anything else.
Lexy looked like a legitimate big last night. He has stepped it up. When I saw him play last year, he looked like exactly what I thought he would be on draft night – nothing. Watching him last night, he looked great. Despite his slight frame, the few times I focused on him in the post defensively, he was holding his own. He was fronting DJ Mbenga without losing position consistently. He was beating Mbenga for position.
Another positive to his game, is the guy has a stroke. I saw a few ill advised shots, but that just comes with experience. If he’s ever in the game late, he will definitely be an asset in terms of the free throw line. He caught an awesome alley-oop from Ray on one play last night, and just seemed to be in good position for rebounds. All around, other than Boris, he looked like our best big on the roster.
*Our rookies. Didn’t see Derrick Brown at all last night, so, I don’t know what that was about… I’ve heard all the great things about him and was eager to see him in action. I don’t know if LB was just giving him a rest or what, but I didn’t see him at all last night. Hendo had a few bad plays offensively with turnovers. But, there are flashes of hope. He made a couple shots. And he’s gonna get to the free throw line, bank on that.
I even saw several times where he was dribbling and the lane came wide open, yet he stepped back outside and passed it. I think it’s a rookie complex thing and he doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes still. He’ll get out of that, and he’ll be dunking on opponents in no time.
*Vlad looks better. Defensively, he has really stepped it up and his offense is expanding as well.
So what do you think? In this case I think Proudiddy is right on the money, ignore the preseason record because preseason is… well, its preseason. I think we’ve seen enough improvement from Ajinca, enough potential from the rookies Henderson and Brown and enough growth from the core unit under Larry Brown that I firmly believe that we are going to see good things from the Bobcats this season.