There’s nothing like having a pro basketball player with an elite pedigree join your basketball team. That is, unless they’re one of Michael Jordan’s sons or one of the many, many spawns of pro players that simply don’t live up to their last name.
But that shouldn’t stop the Charlotte Bobcats from giving Patrick Ewing Jr. a shot in 2013. Ewing Jr. has performed pretty well during summer league action, and based off of several solid outings, it’s worth wondering if Charlotte should/will give him an invite to training camp.
Ewing Jr. the son of legendary center Patrick Ewing and a former Georgetown product, continues to try to make his way into the NBA the hard way, but could finally be getting closer to a legit shot at proving he’s worthy of sticking on an NBA roster.
In fact, Ewing Jr. nearly registered a double-double in Charlotte’s last summer league game, with 10 points and eight rebounds. With solid outings throughout summer league that haven’t always popped out in the box score, Bobcats fans might be wondering if Charlotte has a place for an NBA legend’s son.
More importantly, it’s time NBA fans found out that Patrick Ewing’s son actually deserves a roster spot, and that the Bobcats might be the perfect team for him.
After all, the Bobcats are far from a contending team, meaning they can use all the help they can get, and even if Ewing Jr. made the team as the final guy on the bench, it could still potentially mean a chance to hit the floor and prove himself during the regular season.
Working in his favor, besides his solid effort and play, is that Charlotte is far from done at the forward position – the very position Ewing Jr. plays.
There is literally no one behind starter Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at the moment, and the Bobcats could still arguably add some depth at the power forward position, as well. Ewing Jr. doesn’t have the size or strength his dad did (he’s only 6’8″), so he can’t play center, but he’s more versatile and more athletic, which means he can hang at the three or four.
One last thing that makes Ewing Jr. to the Bobcats a realistic possibility – the fact that Patrick Ewing Sr. is the associate head coach of the team. Ewing Jr. won’t be asking for any special treatment or hand outs. But having his dad putting in his opinion when final cuts (or at least training camp invites) come around surely can’t hurt.
At 29, Ewing Jr. is surely hitting the end of the road in his bid to stick in the NBA. He could add depth to a position that sorely needs it in Charlotte, while giving the city a feel good story to talk about, as well.