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Bob-bits

Really corny name, but I think it sounds fun. I did one of these a couple weeks ago just looking at the things the Bobcats have done well as a team and individually. It really has been a lot of the same things. This team has completely changed its culture from last season. A lot of the credit here should be given to the coaching staff.

Offensively: One thing that has become apparent to me, and was apparent if you watched summer league, Byron Mullens is not a tremendous 3-point shooter. He has shot well at times (pre-season) but his consistency isn't there. The other thing I have seen personally is the Bobcats need someone to space the floor. Kemba, Sessions and MKG like to take people off the bounce, a shooter will really help open up space for these guys. Ben Gordon is not the answer, he is old and not efficient. Looking at Gerald Henderson's shot chart shows he isn't either. Some good things now. The team is clearly attacking the basket. They are top ten in the league in FT/FGA%. Probably my favorite part of watching Bobcat offense right now is the ease with which Ramon Sessions gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Most of the time this is to the rim, this is a big reason the Bobcats are 5-0 in 4 point games. Sessions takes over at the end and scores buckets from the paint. Final great thing is MKG. He is awesome and shooting 100% from 3. (I KNOW IT WAS ONLY ONE SHOT).

Defensively: Lets be honest the first thing we all want to say about the Bobcats is that when you come to Charlotte it is going to be a "BLOCK PARTY!!!!". Top ten in blocks is a real fun stat. This really did help the Bobcats win the last game. A negative to this is it could be said that the Bobcats are letting too many guys to the rim, where a block is more apt to happen. The team as a whole is still getting after it on the defensive end trying to make plays happen causing a good amount of turnovers per possession. Something that needs to be improved is the Bobcats defensive rebounding. The team ranks dead last in defensive rebounding. I really think the Bobcats need a bigger post presence (who doesn't?). This became even more apparent rewatching the game against Toronto. Mullens was absolutely destroyed by Bargnani. AB scored 8 points in the first 5 or so possessions. On top of that JV had 16 points and 10 boards. The team could really use a more versatile big that can cover both positions and rebound, I know that is asking a lot.

Just some side notes: The team is doing a great job on the offensive glass this year. The team ranks in the top ten in this specific category. This is a "hustle stat" and really should be attributed to the culture change. My last thing is MKG. MKG has to be second right now in rookie of the year voting, Lillard is killing it. But MKG has been one of the most effective rookies as of late. He knows what his strengths are and can get to the bucket with ease. He has also been efficient in the fourth quarter, he is 8 of 14 in the fourth and has only taken two shots outside the paint. Even when he isn't super efficient from the field he is drawing fouls to get to the line and making hustle plays that don't always show up in the box score. He will always be undervalued because he isn't a primary scorer, but he really has a good chance of developing into an Andre Iguodala type of player.

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