During the last few months, the Charlotte Bobcats have stood at an organizational crossroads. Should the team attempt to soldier on in mediocrity with veterans, hoping to break through the proverbial 8th-seed-in-the-East wall, or begin afresh with a core of young players? After trading away the greatest player in franchise history, Gerald Wallace (sorry, Eduardo Najera), to Portland in order to acquire two first-round draft picks, the latter process began. A series of moves followed, including the trading of Stephen Jackson (and the immediate drafting of Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo), and the Bobcats seemingly moved into "rebuilding mode", an oft-dreaded but necessary period of time. As a fan, the important notion to understand when your team begins "rebuilding" is that results will almost definitely not be immediate. It can be a lengthy, difficult, and even unsuccessful process, but the long-term possibilities can easily be worth the struggle. Come along with me on a magical journey of reading after the jump!
As the process of rebuilding begins for the Bobcats begins, there are several important things to keep in mind:
- The team will probably be terrible next year. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the leading scorer for the team this year (if there is a season) will most likely be Corey Maggette. Based on my basketball knowledge, that doesn't bode well in the wins department for the Bobcats.
- The core of the team must consistently be the focal point of team moves. Currently, the "core" is comprised of two guys definitively, Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker (Gerald Henderson and even D.J. Augustin may also be included in this group, but I'd be surprised if they were deemed "untouchable" by the team). After next year's strong draft (and what I expect to be a lottery pick, though nothing can be certain), another player will be added to this young "core". Beyond developing them as players correctly, it's also important that other players are added to fit cohesively with their skill set.
- Basketball teams aren't built in a day. It usually takes years, and this won't be any different. For all purposes, the Bobcats are starting over with a new (though promising) foundation.