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Old 10-02-2006, 04:48 PM   #1
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Default 06-07 Roster Analysis

Primoz Brezec returns for his third year with the Bobcats, and will more than likely see the majority of time at center. Reserves Jake Voskuhl and 2006 second-round draft pick Ryan Hollins, a rookie will compete for the backup minutes at center, while Emeka Okafor, Melvin Ely, Sean May and free agent signee Othella Harrington will also be able to contribute minutes there as well.

Primoz Brezec -- One of only two Bobcats originally selected in the Charlotte Expansion Selection (along with Gerald Wallace), Brezec appeared and started in 79 games for the Bobcats in the 2005-2006 season. Brezec ranked 14th in the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting .517 from the field. He also ranked fourth on the team averaging 12.4 points and third with 5.6 rebounds. Brezec ended the season strong scoring in double figures in 16 of the final 19 games. During the offseason, Brezec averaged 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while playing for his native country, Slovenia, in the World Championships.

Jake Voskuhl -- The 2006-2007 season will be Voskuhlís seventh in the league, and his second season with the Bobcats after appearing in 51 games last season. He provided depth at the center position behind Brezec, averaging 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16 minutes.

Ryan Hollins -- Drafted 50th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Hollins is an athletic seven-footer who played his college ball at UCLA. He suffered an ankle injury during the first game of summer league play, cutting his experience short. With his long wingspan and athletic ability, Hollins could prove to be an imposing shot blocker inside.

The Bobcats are loaded at the forward position this year, with Okafor, May, Harrington, Ely and newcomer Walter Herrmann all expected to see time at the power forward spot this season. ďG-ForceĒ Gerald Wallace returns to the fold this year after the best season of his five-year career, and while most of his minutes could come at small forward, he is versatile enough to play the two, three and four. Expect to see first-round pick Adam Morrison getting his share of minutes at both the three and the two, while Herrmann could also see some time at small forward.

Emeka Okafor -- The 2004-05 Rookie of the Year will look to bounce back from his season-ending ankle injury last year. He averaged 13.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.92 blocks and 33.2 minutes in 26 games last season and ranked second on the Bobcats with 16 double-doubles, despite missing 56 games. Okafor is a versatile big man, who can play both the forward and center positions, and has proven to be a force at both positions when healthy.

Gerald Wallace -- G-Force showed in 2005-06 that he truly is a multi-dimensional player and a statistical freak. He averaged a career-high 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting .538 from the field -- fourth best in the NBA. He also led the league in steals with 2.51 and averaged 2.09 blocks, becoming only the third player in NBA history to average more than 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Wallace is the heart of a Bobcats team that doesnít back down no matter what challenges it faces.

Adam Morrison -- The third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft averaged 28.1 points in his final season with Gonzaga. A highly competitive player and a great scoring talent, at 6-8 he is athletic enough to play both forward and guard. During Orlando Summer League play, Morrison averaged a league-high 24.6 points in five games while playing averaging a team-high 29 minutes. He gives the Bobcats the long-range scoring option they were lacking last year, but has the ability to create his shot in other ways and open up the floor. Donít underestimate Morrisonís ability to rebound or find the open man either Ė he has a knack for getting his teammates involved as well.

Sean May -- The 13th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft had his rookie season cut short due to a season-ending knee injury in 2005-06, but is ready to go in 2006-07. May appeared in 23 games and averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in 17.3 minutes last season, and should mainly play at the power forward position. May showed he is ready to go again in the offseason, averaging 18.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 26.1 minutes during Orland Summer League play. He also shot .500 from the field, showing his good shooting range, and showcased a new shooting touch from beyond the arc.

Walter Herrmann -- The Bobcats newest acquisition comes all the way from Argentina and could prove to be a steal on the free agent market. The 2006-2007 season will be Herrmannís first in the NBA, but donít expect Herrmann to play like most rookies. The 27-year-old is a former Player of the Year in the Spanish ACB League and member of the 2004 Argentinean Olympic Team that won the gold medal. Herrmann averaged 9.8 points on .500 shooting from the field and .471 from three-point range in the World Championships. In 379 professional games in Spain and Argentina, Herrmann averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting .526 from the field and .386 from the three-point line.

Othella Harrington -- The 2006-2007 season will be Harringtonís 11th season in the league and first with the Bobcats. Harrington has played for Houston, Vancouver, New York and Chicago before arriving in Charlotte. He will add depth and experience to the young frontcourt already in place. Harrington will also add his consistent play in the post to the Bobcats; he has a career .507 field goal percentage.

Melvin Ely -- The 6-10 big man appeared in 57 games, posting career-best averages with 9.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 23.6 minutes. Ely will be entering his fifth season in the NBA and has shown that when given the opportunity he can produce. He also ranked third on the team with 44 blocks and .508 shooting from the field. Ely is a restricted free agent this offseason and still has not signed with a team yet.

It is clear the Bobcats have good depth at the point guard position with Brevin Knight returning for his 10th season and Raymond Felton looking to build upon a solid rookie campaign as he enters his sophomore season. Kevin Burleson also gives Charlotte some depth as a third point guard. General Manager & Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff has many options at the shooting guard position, with Morrison, Wallace, Matt Carroll, Alan Anderson and Bernard Robinson all able to play the swing positions effectively.

Brevin Knight -- The 10-year veteran hasnít seemed to miss a step as he gets ready to enter his third season with the Bobcats. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 34.1 minutes in 2005-06, with his minutes and points both career highs. He finished third in the NBA in assists and second in steals and teamed with Wallace to become the first tandem to finish one and two in a major statistical NBA category since Kevin McHale and Robert Parish did so in 1987-88 for field goal percentage.

Raymond Felton -- Returning from an impressive rookie year, Felton will look to continue to build upon his progress. Felton played in a team-high 80 games where he averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.28 steals in 30.1 minutes. He ranked fourth among rookies in scoring and second in both steals and assists. Feltonís numbers and productivity increased substantially as the season went on, and he earned Rookie of the Month honors for February, March and April, while helping lead the team to an 8-7 record in its last 15 games. Felton could again end up playing both guard positions and should see an increase in minutes this season.

Matt Carroll -- The third-year swingman out of Notre Dame appeared in 78 games, starting six of them, averaging 16.3 minutes and 7.6 points in 2005-06. He shot a team-high .821 from the free-throw line and ranked 37th in the NBA in three-point shooting .389. Carroll showed that if asked to play more minutes he can produce -- in the 22 games he played 20-plus minutes, he averaged 14.1 points.

Alan Anderson -- In his first NBA season, the undrafted free agent averaged 15.3 minutes, 5.8 points and shot .414 from three-point range, as well as .805 from the free throw line. After biding his time early in the 2005-06 season, the Bobcats posted a 4-3 record in the seven games Anderson started toward the end of the season.

Bernard Robinson -- In Robinsonís sophomore season, he averaged 6.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and steals in 19.7 minutes. He made 18 starts in 66 appearances after being called upon to play everywhere from power forward to point guard. His ability to play multiple positions makes him a valuable commodity off the Bobcats bench.

Kevin Burleson -- In his first NBA season, Burleson made 39 appearances with the Bobcats averaging 1.8 points and 1.2 assists in 8.7 minutes. Burlesonís summer league played showed he has progressed both running the point and softening his shooting touch.
this report paints a pretty good picture for the upcoming year. I still think we will not only improve from last year, but we will turn heads and have a pretty good year.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:48 AM   #2
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this report paints a pretty good picture for the upcoming year. I still think we will not only improve from last year, but we will turn heads and have a pretty good year.

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW MANY FANS (of other teams) AND COMMENTATORS WILL HAVE TO EAT CROW FOR DEMEANING THE ABILITY OF OUR PLAYERS AND TEAM OVERALL. "I told ya so" has such a nice ring to it. This will be an incredibly exciting season.
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