Key Additions: Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller and Anthony Tolliver
Key Departures: Desagana Diop, Reggie Williams, and Tyrus Thomas
Being the best player in history apparently does not translate into being a competent owner. Under Jordans mismanagement the Bobcats have been one of the worst teams in the league and that is a trend which probably is not going to be broken in the very near future. However, there is possibly a light on the horizon for suffering Charlotte supporters. This off season the Bobcats ownership went out and got the first legitimately decent big man in the short history of the franchise. Al Jefferson will be a threat inside who can score 20 points a night and even provide some inside presence defensively. With the sound core of Gerald Wallace, Kemba Walker, and Cody Zeller the future may actually be good for this struggling franchise.
Offense is nice but the thing that is consistent even on nights where the shots just wont fall is defense. Last season Charlotte ranked second to last in defense and that is something which much change if they are to have any success. Their new head coach, Steve Clifford, will have to instill some defense first mindset into these young players to give them a chance to hang around with teams which have better talent overall. Another major issue facing this Bobcat team will be floor spacing. With few legitimate outside shooters Gerald Henderson will have to step up and knock down shots from behind the arc as well as Kidd-Gilchrist and it would be huge for this team if Kemba Walker could find some touch from deep as well.
This looks to be another season full of losses for Charlotte. The signing of Al Jefferson is rather confusing as this team should be looking to lose as many games as possible in order to move up in what looks to be a loaded draft next year. This looks like another year of management being unable to get out of its own way. The middle ground between the playoffs and being completely horrible is not where you want to be and unfortunately that's right where the Bobcats are.