Clearly, the Bobcats don't choose players based upon immediate contribution in drafts. Instead, Charlotte chooses potential and success in the long term, keeping in mind the struggles that they will be forced to face in the near-future. While all-star appearances and titles aren't on the rader in the Queen City, potential is. There's potential and hope found in players like Cody Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Kemba Walker. There's hope that these young players will blossom into stars and return a winning culture with an abundance of playoff appearances back to Charlotte. While next year won't be the season for success, it will be the year of progression for the Bobcat's youngest stars.
Kemba Walker: 19 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3 RPG, .475 FG%, .333 3P%, 2.1 STL - Walker made large strides in his development during the 2012-2013 season, improving in every statistical category from his rookie campaign. We saw a shaky and undependable point guard turn into a solution in Charlotte for years to come. While I still expect Kemba to grow this season, I just don't see Walker becoming an all-star caliber point-guard in only his third year in the NBA . An all-star appearance could occur own the road, but Walker is still one step away from stardom despite his new found dependability.
MKG: 11 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, .468 FG%, .235 3P%, 1.0 BPG, .9 STL - MKG certainly didn't put up the numbers that Bobcats fans were hoping for in his rookie campaign, but the Kentucky product still has the potential to become an everyday starter in Charlotte . While Kidd-Gilchrist's improvement won't be monumental next year, baby steps will be taken, giving the Bobcats some hope that MKG is the long-term solution at the small forward position in the Queen City.
Cody Zeller: 10 PPG, 5.1 RPG, .7 APG, .519 FG%, .9 BPG, .7 STL- I'm a firm believer that Cody Zeller will have to add a large amount of strength in order to be productive in the NBA. While he can run the floor and shoot, he won't be able to do much else until he can become physical enough to compete for position down low. Once strength is added, he will have the ability to rebound, post-up, and become a solid defender. Unfortunately, this season, the Indiana product will struggle to put up the big numbers Bobcats fans desire.
Bismack Biyombo: 5 PPG, 7 RPG, .5 APG, .476 FG%, 1.9 BPG, .5 ST - With the addition of Cody Zeller and talks of Al Jefferson coming to Charlotte, Biyombo might not see the 27 minutes per game as he did in 2012-2013. While Biz is still only 20 years of age, time off the bench as a defensive specialist is likely the role that he will recieve, limiting his statistical production. Unless we see some offensive improvement out of Biyombo this season, he's destined to become a role player in Charlotte for the rest of his career.