Crazy things happen when the Bobcats don't play for three... interminable... days. Tony Parker confirmed he's getting divorced. It came out that the Warriors' new owner has named his 22-year-old son the director of basketball operations. The Like A Bosh video was foisted upon the world. Other people started noticing D.J. Augustin is having himself a nice start to the season on the offensive end. And Greg Oden is going to miss another season. (Bonus links for the Oden-philes in the crowd: Ben Golliver's sober -- yet intensely sad -- recap of how this latest injury was discovered, and Zach Harper's lament for basketball greatness unrealized.)
And you know what? D.J. Augustin has been having a nice start to the season. As noted several places, including in the comments here, we really shouldn't be worried anymore about the point guard position this season.
We're not going to get All-Star production out of an Augustin-Shaun Livingston platoon, but there's strong reason to believe that the one major problem the Cats face is Larry Brown's unwillingness to roll with a small lineup and simply put his best players on the floor, and not whether or not Augustin can handle being an NBA starter -- by my estimation, we have a clearly better PG situation than five other teams, whereas our center situation competes for crappiness with Minnesota's, and they're sticking with Darko Milicic even though playing the defense-challenged Kevin Love at center is an obvious solution for their playing time crunch.
In the same way, giving primary minutes to Boris Diaw and Tyrus Thomas at our big man spots seems like an obvious (if nonchalant) solution to the Bobcats' playing time crunch at forward and horrific deficiencies at center. Nazr Mohammed has been a positive offensive player, but pretty horrible on defense, while DeSagana Diop has been awful on offense and somewhat better than Mohammed on defense, and not nearly enough to make up the difference between them on offense. That leaves Kwame Brown, who, to put it generously, is a wild card in all this, but most likely will fall somewhere in the same range of uninspiring bench-competency.
Comment starters: Are you confident that D.J.'s improvement this year is more or less permanent, and if so, why? Also, setting aside starting Diaw and Thomas together, what is the most rational course of action to improve the front court this season, under the assumption that making the playoffs is imperative to the organization's success?