The Hornets left town and the concept got stuck in the heads of many that the only way our new Bobcats could every regain their glory or even compete was to tank until we drafted a so called "Super Star" 8 Years of tanking and here we are, we didn't draft a *Star* Although we had our chances, we drafted bust after bust ahead of more stars than you could fit on an NBA roster. Even today with the Bobcats on the verge of a Playoff push we still have fans claiming we are throwing away our future because we refuse to lose and get a better draft pick. Well, in light of that we have this guy on our roster you might know of, he goes by the name "Big Al" and unless you live under a rock you've seen Big Al is putting up big numbers. Putting up 21 Points and 10 Rebounds a game. The only player in the east to average 20/10 a game. There is a laundry list of numbers he is putting up that other so called stars are not. Al Jefferson has been blazing his way through the NBA trying to find someone who can defend him. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 25.4 points and 10.4 rebounds on 53.5 percent shooting. Players, coaches and even legends of the game are not afraid to admit that what Al Jefferson is doing something special with the Cats this year.
Just two days ago Paul Pierce had this to say..
No one on the planet can guard him. We tried to double him. Single, triple-there’s nothing we could have done with him tonight."
Not so long ago Kemba Walker was facing an unnecessary amount of criticism. He was "Not the PG of the future because he lacked the ability to assist the ball and run the offense properly" Averaging just about 18 Points, 6 Assists, 5 Rebounds and 1.4 Steals is spectacular considering he is only in his third season. Since coming back from injury Kemba is averaging around 7 assists per game. Kemba is putting up numbers in the same neighborhood as Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. While Lillard and Irving seem to be hitting a wall Kemba is continuing to play better basketball. Just like every level headed fan expected. Against the Nets Jefferson had 35 Points 15 Rebounds, Kemba has 20 Points 12 Assists and that's no fluke. This has been the norm over the past few games.
It isn't just his offense that is improving..
Coach Steve Clifford said he's seen dramatic improvement in Walker's defense, as well as his pick and roll game on offense.
The future is bright and it goes well beyond the duo of Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Like most of the fan base I was in disbelief when we drafted Cody Zeller. I didn't have much faith in the pick at the time but Rich Cho made the right choice and he continues to keep making the right decisions to move the future Hornets in the right direction. Cody Zeller showed flashes early in the season. While most rookies hit the rookie wall Cody Zeller powered his way through the wall and continues to get better every game, especially on offense. On the other side of the ball Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has struggled offensively averaging only 7 Points and 7 Rebounds per game. His offensive production can easily be overlooked since he is anchoring the #4 defense in the NBA. We have yet to see what Jeff Taylor can bring to the table. During Summer League play he averaged 20.3 Points 2.8 Rebounds 1 Assist and 1.8 Steals. He looked primed for a breakout season before rupturing his right Achilles tendon. Cho has shown he can truly find a diamond in the rough by pulling Chris Douglas-Roberts up from the D-League. Douglas-Roberts has done nothing short of everything that has been asked of him and then some. Cho and the front office have also shown the ability to make very valuable trade by bringing in Josh McRoberts last year and Gary Neal this year via trade. On top of that we could end up with Detroit's top 10 pick and we already own Portland's late round pick. We also have enough cap to go out and sign another top free agent like Al Jefferson last year.
You don't need to draft that Super Star to be successful after all Charlotte.