Perhaps you noticed a particular young player a couple nights ago. Not on the Bobcats, but on the Cleveland Cavaliers. All told, this fellow had an impressive showing with 25 points on 18 shots, 6 assists and 8 rebounds, though with the ever-present asterisk that is "but he was playing the Bobcats." His name's Lester Hudson and he's received a considerable amount of shine since Kyrie Irving went out with injury. Hudson's shooting percentages aren't great and he sure ain't hesitant to pull the trigger on shots, but the magic is in finding -- well, I won't call him a diamond -- quartz in the ground. He's been a nice surprise not only for the team, but for the fans.
Meanwhile in Charlotte, a roster spot remains unfilled. Maybe they're paying an homage to Diaw's late-season productivity. Maybe the lawyers have risen and are protesting signing more players because of the strain on their hands to type up new contracts. I don't know. It's confounding. Why haven't the Bobcats at least spent a 10-day contract on someone to fill that last spot?
The odds aren't great. Chances are you're going to get a guy whose impact is next to nil. But the simple fact of the matter remains: there is a shot in the dark that you can get a player who can bring something new to the team. Energy, sheer will, scoring touch, defensive intensity. There are players to be found.
And what's the risk? Especially with injuries recurring and limiting the already weak Bobcats depth to a lineup that can barely compete for a quarter against the Wizards, for cryin' out loud -- why not bring up a guy for ten days? What could go wrong? The Bobcats lose? Playing time? They don't need much. Start em off with somewhere between five and 10 minutes and see where they go from there. No big deal.
Outside of just the basketball impact, there are beneficial externalities to be had. Bringing up a guy from the D-League gives the fans a new underdog to root for, and for the Bobcats this season, they could use all the underdogs to root for they can get. And there's the matter of rewarding a player toiling away mostly without recognition with a shot to make it to the big league. Consider that Cartier Martin parlayed an initial 10-day deal with Charlotte in 2009 into another 10-day and then being signed the rest of the season based on his skills and effort. From there he built what's currently a four-year NBA career.
But no, the Bobcats' last roster spot remains empty. I can't pretend to know the D-Leaguers that the Bobcats should look at; my time is full up as is. But there has to be someone who can at least knock down open threes.
Please -- at least sign someone if for nothing more than to fill a seat and make the arena look less empty.