Charlotte Bobcats Preseason Report 2014 posted by Bobcats Fan
Charlotte Bobcats, who are now known as Charlotte Hornets received a major setback during the playoffs first round when they were overwhelmed by Miami Heat. From the looks of it, the Hornets were not able to match the experience and talent of the other team, even with very hard play. However, progress of Charlotte cannot be ruled out. The team that was known for its worst defense now ranks fifth for efficient defense, and credit goes to Steve Clifford, the coach. Free agency addition Al Jefferson also made considerable difference to the team with his experience.
In the last season's second half, Charlotte made good progress in their offense, even though they were ranked 24th for efficiency in offense. What the team required was a good shooter, and one more wing playmaker. The team wanted to retain Josh McRoberts who was going free agency, and one more protector for the rim would have been ideal, since Bismack Biyombo still does not show much promise.
The forward spot starting power of the Charlotte Hornets was greatly reduced when McRoberts joined Miami Heat. McRoberts was the team's best shooter and passer, and his absence was felt, even with Cody Zeller and Vonleh still playing in the wings. For replacing McRoberts, the team made a deal with Marvin Williams, for an amount that was considered quite high. Experts feel that resigning Anthony Tolliver would have worked much better and saved money for the team. However, the best deal, the team made was signing Lance Stephenson for three years, who is an excellent defender and scorer.
Stephenson is expected to play a major role in the playoffs success of Charlotte Hornets. However, the team could acquire another good shooter through free agency, to improve its chances considerably. The team seems to be proceeding ideally, and it will mainly depend on Stephenson's performance.Continue reading "Charlotte Bobcats Preseason Report 2014"