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rufuspaul 01-02-2013 06:30 PM

My Thoughts On The Cats So Far
 
Well after a strong start I knew we would hit a losing streak. I just didn't think it would last 18 games. :hammerhead: Anyway, we finally got that elusive 8th win and avoided going 0-December. Here's my take on the team going forward.

MKG- Wow this guy is all that and a bag of chips. He's making the typical rookie mistakes (foul trouble, giving up the fist step, etc.) but you just know watching him that the sky is the limit with this kid. He still has that hitch in his jump shot but I kind of feel it's like an ugly golf swing. As long as it works, who cares?

Jeff Taylor- So far he's the best 2nd round pick in team history. Like MKG he's got some learning to do but his upside is huge.

Kemba Walker- I had a feeling we would see some improvement from Kemba this season but he has surpassed anything I've hoped for. He's on his way to becoming an elite, if unconventional, PG. He's not a good shooter, but then neither was Isaiah Thomas. I see a lot of similarities between the 2. If we keep the young core together for a few seasons I think we'll see Kemba's scoring go down and his assists go up.

Bismack Biyombo- The jury is still out on Biz. It's hard not to like his energy and work ethic and he's a decent defender but he has no real post moves offensively. He could really benefit from spending the off season working with someone like Olajuwon.

Byron Mullens- See above. I like the kid but he relies too much on the outside shot. He needs to realize that he's 7 ft. tall.

Brendan Haywood- I liked this signing but now you can see that he's just going through the motions and cashing his paycheck. I understand why Dallas didn't want him.

Ramon Sessions- The team seems to do well when Ramon is on his game and likewise he was struggling during the losing streak. I think part of the problem is Dunlap playing him with Kemba out of the need for some scoring. If we had a reliable scorer then Sessions could settle into being the #2 PG.

Gerald Henderson- Solid as usual. It was tough losing him to injury and he's still working his way back but he's such a strong physical presence at the 2. Hopefully he's a good mentor for Taylor.

Ben Gordon- Too streaky and expensive for my tastes.

Reggie Williams- Big disappointment this year. At least he's cheap. :(

Gana Diop- nuf said.

Tyrus Thomas- He was playing some of his best ball in 3 years before his injury. I hope he comes back with the same enthusiasm.

Hakim Warrick- Solid. I'm glad Dunlap is giving him more playing time.

Jeff Adrien- Nice pick up from the D league. Gave the Cats some solid, productive minutes against the Bulls.

Mike Dunlap- I like that he's working with the young guys on the fundamentals and they seem to like and respect him. He's still got a learning curve himself and he's not afraid to change what isn't working. I think by the all-star break we'll see some more consistency in the rotations.

What we need: Mostly we need to keep the core of Kemba, MKG, Biyombo and Taylor together and build around them. As much as I like Hendo, I think he's more valuable as trade bait. Keep the young core together and add a pure shooter and a low post scorer to the mix through the draft, trades and FA.

LJJ 01-02-2013 10:49 PM

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In all seriousness the Bobcats are still missing the head. I appreciate the statement Kemba is making this season, but the ball only really starts rolling once a team acquires a guy that can play at a real All-Star level. The management is doing nice things and creating that value, but in the end the payoff is only there if they acquire a big time talent.

C-A-T-S 01-03-2013 04:43 AM

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Well said rufuspaul.

Hopefully we get the Blazers pick in the draft this year. That would help a lot.

rufuspaul 01-03-2013 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by LJJ

In all seriousness the Bobcats are still missing the head. I appreciate the statement Kemba is making this season, but the ball only really starts rolling once a team acquires a guy that can play at a real All-Star level. The management is doing nice things and creating that value, but in the end the payoff is only there if they acquire a big time talent.



Yeah we definitely need that player, but we also need a core to stay together for a couple of seasons. Look at San Antonio. Those guys have been together so long it's like they have esp. They know exactly where anyone is going to be on the court, where they want the ball, their strengths and weaknesses, etc. They are the definition of the well-oiled machine.

onewickedlady 01-03-2013 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Yeah we definitely need that player, but we also need a core to stay together for a couple of seasons. Look at San Antonio. Those guys have been together so long it's like they have esp. They know exactly where anyone is going to be on the court, where they want the ball, their strengths and weaknesses, etc. They are the definition of the well-oiled machine.


Agreed. With our constant coaching changes and the fact that our team gets a totally different look about every two years there has been little consistency over time. Just how can a team build success into itself if there's no core, no consistency. We seem to need to reinvent ourselves just about each season. Enough of the constant cry of 'we're a young team' and all that jive and let someone just put together a team and a vision that can make us a winning team over time.

rufuspaul 01-10-2013 10:25 AM

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Looks like we're on a pace to win 15 games this season. I'm cool with that.

onewickedlady 01-10-2013 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Looks like we're on a pace to win 15 games this season. I'm cool with that.


Well I think that's pretty depressing. But am still looking forward to the jan 21st game in person!

rufuspaul 01-10-2013 04:09 PM

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Originally Posted by onewickedlady
Well I think that's pretty depressing. But am still looking forward to the jan 21st game in person!


At least you get to see Jeremy Lin.

onewickedlady 01-10-2013 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by rufuspaul
At least you get to see Jeremy Lin.


He's on the Rockets?? Will you be there?

TarCat 01-11-2013 11:11 PM

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Originally Posted by onewickedlady
Well I think that's pretty depressing. But am still looking forward to the jan 21st game in person!

Where are your seats?

onewickedlady 01-12-2013 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by TarCat
Where are your seats?


104-H-15 and 16.

onewickedlady 01-12-2013 12:23 AM

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Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Looks like we're on a pace to win 15 games this season. I'm cool with that.


I think that our team is past its prime. I don't see us improving at all over the coming seasons. Unless some sort of miracle happens.

wally_world 01-12-2013 11:00 AM

Re: My Thoughts On The Cats So Far
 
What can the Cats fetch for Sessions, TT, Henderson, Mullens and Diop's expiring contract?

I think the team needs some veterans to help get them on the winning track. Oh, and a scoring big would help a ton too.

onewickedlady 01-12-2013 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by wally_world
What can the Cats fetch for Sessions, TT, Henderson, Mullens and Diop's expiring contract?

I think the team needs some veterans to help get them on the winning track. Oh, and a scoring big would help a ton too.


Do you think that's realistic??

rufuspaul 01-14-2013 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by onewickedlady
He's on the Rockets?? Will you be there?


Not sure. I'm gonna try.


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