Bobcats Player Profiles

10/02/2010 10:13 AM - 

Contributed by Mike Gallagher

Oh what a difference a season makes. The Bobcats were the laughing stock of the NBA since their inception and were able to make the playoffs for the first time last season. The biggest part of their turn around had to be the acquisition of Stephen Jackson. Jackson gave the team a legit scoring threat from the perimeter with above average passing and penetration skills (that‘s what she said). The Bobcats lost a couple key pieces to their rotation with Raymond Felton headed to New York and Tyson Chandler now sporting a Dallas uniform.
The Bobcats are most known for their defensive-minded strategy thanks to Larry Brown at the helm. Brown’s teams have always been in among the best teams with respect to PPG against. Charlotte didn’t disappoint with by becoming the league leader in that category. Charlotte isn’t as great defensively as that number would dictate since it’s more of a by-product of a slower tempo. The Bobcats were also on the other end of the spectrum at just 28th in PPG.
While the points won’t be there for most of the Bobcats, the goodies tend to accumulate. Charlotte was eighth in steals and seventh in blocks. Their team is one of the shallowest out there, which means those players fortunate enough to crack the rotation should reap the rewards statistically.

Gerald Wallace

Crash has been one of our favorite players since he joined the Bobbies in 2004. Why? Wallace is a multi-cat monster. He swiped two steals and swapped 1.2 blocks per game over the last five seasons. Last season Crash messed around and averaged a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds per game while playing in a career-high 76 games. Obviously any owner that took chance on him in the third round was extremely happy with that selection.
This year it’ll cost you a second rounder in standard leagues and possibly a late-first in deeper leagues. He’s obviously worth that much considering he has shaken his free throw shooting concerns. In the four seasons prior to the last two Crash averaged a sub-par 67 percent from the line. The last two seasons he buried 79 percent from the line. Add that number to an 48 percent that’ll pull up the field goal percent category for fantasy teams, and this guy makes for a great player to build a fantasy team around.

Stephen Jackson

Wallace is a guy we’ve been targeting, conversely, Jackson has traditionally been one of the guys we’ve been avoiding. Cap’n Jack is a career 42 percent shooter from the floor and stayed the course by shooting 42.3 percent last season. Jackson also pulled down fantasy teams across the globe with his 18 shots per game in Charlotte last season. While that 42 is about as gruesome as Ronnie Lott’s pinkie, Jackson is helpful in just about every other category. S-Jax cleared the 20-point barrier with 21 PPG to go along with 5.1 boards, 3.5 dimes, 1.6 steals, 1.6 treys, and a very respectable 79 percent from the line at a 5.5 shot per game clip.
Jackson is also a warrior and has a rep for playing through injuries. He played in 81 games last season after battling through a 59-game 08-09.
You have our blessing to draft Jackson in the early-to-middle rounds, but be cognizant of field goal percent for every other pick.

Boris Diaw
Diaw looked to lose some value once the Suns sent him packing a couple seasons ago, but he’s actually sustained his value to become a very nice unsung asset for fantasy owners. Diaw played in an Cal Ripken-like 81.7 games per season over the last three years and is clearly one of the least injury-prone player you’ll find. Diaw also logged 36 MPG in his two seasons for Charlotte. This is the type of reliability that car companies inspire to portray. No warranty needed either.
Diaw doesn’t dominate any category, but he produces across the board. While he’s kind of a slouch in the rebounding department at 5.2 RPG last season, he made up for it with 11.3 points, four dimes, 0.8 triples, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game. Diaw isn’t a percentage dynamo with 48 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line, but those numbers are right on par with what fantasy teams should shoot over a given period.


D.J Augustin
So you’re looking for a breakout point guard, eh? D.J. Augustin was one of the unheralded winners this offseason. Raymond Felton is now running the point at The Mecca and Augustin now has minimal competition behind him. Augustin has been a sleeper since he was drafted when the Bobcats surprised many by taking him over Brook Lopez a handful of seasons ago despite a glaring need in the frontcourt. This is probably the year that the sleeper potential could match the fantasy production.
Augustin is really a stereotypical young point guard. His field goal percentage was abominable (39 percent), his assist numbers were relatively low (2.4 last season), and his turnovers are a bit high (0.9 in just 18 MPG last season). He’s going to go through some growing pains this season, but he has some useful fantasy tools. Augustin is a career 41 percent shooter from behind the arc which is higher that his field goal percentage. Weird. Augustin did steal 0.6 per game last season, so that number should easily clear one per game with the perceived substantial minutes increase.
It’s not going to cost much to add this Longhorn, but the rewards could be huge.

Tyrus Thomas

Ah, Tyrus The Virus. Any owner with the guts to draft Thomas last season had their patience tested like arguing with the worst nagging wife ever imagined. Granted that most of his owners should’ve cut bait after missing most of November and December due to injury. Those that scooped Ty-Tom were rewarded when he was traded to Charlotte as he produced nine points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks in his first game. Thomas continued his production for the next handful of games and even averaged 3.1 BPG over his first eight games. The honeymoon, and the minutes, would soon come to an end as Tyrus failed to be a major factor and never eclipsed the 28-minute mark for the rest of the regular season as a Bobcat. Thomas did go out with a bang in the playoffs with an impressive 9-of-12 from the floor for 21 points and nine rebounds.
It’s easy to neglect the defensive categories, but in that event, Tyrus makes for a must-draft in the last couple rounds.

Nazr Mohammed

Nasty Nazr was a lot of fantasy owners secret weapon as he dropped solid numbers from January to February. Mohammed shot 55 percent while averaging nine points and seven rebounds over that span. He was a bit up-and-down, but he sent a shock wave through the waiver wire as he put up 23 points and 17 rebounds on the Lakers on 2/3, then the 21-20 line against the Wolves on 2/10.
Mohammed’s minutes evaporated down the stretch and he even played just 12 MPG during the playoffs. However, the beauty of taking Mohammed lies in the lack of competition around him. Charlotte finally dumped Erick Dampier, which leaves just Desagana Diop as the only true five on the roster.

Shaun Livingston

Livingston suffered one of the ugliest injuries we’ve ever seen when he blew out his entire knee on February 26, 2007. Incidentally that game was against the Bobcats. Well, a lot has changed for the former Mr. Basketball for Illinois and the fourth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Livingston had a very nice finish with the Wizards last season with averages of 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in the month of April. The Wizards were quite depleted at that time, so those numbers are a bit inflated. However, it’s not like Charlotte is chock full of guards. D.J. Augustin is the only guard ahead of him and Livingston could see time at the two while Stephen Jackson needs rest. The upside on S-Liv isn’t going to be all that high since he doesn’t shoot the three and isn’t exactly a thief with just an average of 0.5 steals per game. He did play 36 MPG in April and still could just muster that same 0.5.
Livingston isn’t going to be drafted in standard leagues, but deep league owners might want to take a chance on him if they can afford to stash him. Having too many potential point guards is a good problem to have.


Comments

  1. Maxmillien Rosenberg says:

    So much promise with Livingston. A 6′7 PG! The potential was incredible there.

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