OP, the Cats are my second favorite team, I like them a bunch, and they might even compete for a playoff spot if they stay healty and Okafor/Felton continue to develop, but you seriously must be on something...
@geewiz: Wallace should be out of his rookie deal, shouldn't he?
Felton's got game, but he's not the shooter, defender, or cool head the Heinrich is. He may catch him this year, but he didn't last year.
I've never seen G. Wallace make a jumper. He's a tough defender and a good runner and finisher, but he can't do much on his own dribble, and is a liability in a half court set unless everybody else can shoot (like Rodman without the 6 offensive boards a game). Luckily for him with Felton and Knight the team should run a lot. He's also not a natural 2 guard and may have trouble staying with shooters as they come off screens.
Morrison... He can shoot. Uh... He can shoot under pressure. He's probably big enough to get his shot off. Which is good because he doesn't bring ball handling, rebounding, passing, or defense. He can shoot though.
May was great in college, but so was Juan Dixon. He has yet to prove that he can do it at this level on a consistent basis. I'm pulling for him though, because he's that undersized Elton Brand type of 4 you love to see succeed against the big guys. If he works on his shooting touch, he's got Antoine Carr written all over him. Not bad to be the Big Dog. I wonder if he could get some of those orange shades the Carr wore...
Okafur has the goods to be an Alonzo Mourning type of player IF he can stay healthy and keep his athleticism.
Unless Morrison turns out to be the second coming of Glen Rice, I think the playoffs are still one more aquisition away. They still need a bonafide shooting guard (somebody who can get his own and bring the ball up against pressure when Felton / Knight is denied the ball) and they may need to upgrade the 4/5 if it turns out the May is more of a backup calibur than a starter.
I like the Bobcats, but I'm not going to lie to myself. Point blank, they're just not good enough. Not good enough to make the playoffs, much less contend for a championship. Think about it, how silly does that sound? Charlotte Bobcats - 2007 NBA Champions!
The Bobcats are like the new kid on the block, and there will be growing pains. Eventually, they'll find the playoffs, and with a little luck, perhaps even do some damage when they get there. That's also not happening anytime soon. Their future looks bright (Morrison is a great addition), but they're still missing some key players to really do something special.
A more accurate assumption would be the Bobcats making the playoffs in 3 - 5 seasons.
Look I know how some ppl feel about the bulls being the best young team but its almost all hype. Bobcats were injured all last year think about it.
Now they have the following lineup of sick players:
1) Raymond Felton... enough said. Backed up by one of the top 15 pg's in th e league Brevin Knight
2) Gerald Wallace... most underrated player in the league. Beast on both ends of the floor
3) Adam Morrison- who knos.
4) Sean May- Last year didn't play much at all but showed defnsive prowess and great post moves.
5) Emeka Okafor Last year he didnt play much but wow he is good defensive etc.
What now chicago homers? I will also tell you this: Felton WILL BE and may ALREADY BE a better PG than Hinrich.
*Yawn* ban this guy already
it seems every cycle or so, a new AlJeffersonRules, Superboy, KobeLamar type springs up from a pile of dog sh1t to ruin this forum
Anyway, this would be my starting five for the Cats:
As far as their bench rotation is concerned, I think these guys should come off in this order:
BK - hopefully 20-25 minutes per game. Great court vision and fills it up in terms of steals/assists.
May - 15-20 mpg - instant offense - hope they find a way to get him minutes alongside Okafor. They could compliment each other way
Bernard Robinson - 10-15 mpg - He was great last year when he got minutes--he showed some hustle and had a couple of double-doubles. I hope they keep him. He's a good back-up swingman.
Matt Carroll - >10 mpg - One of the few Cats to get hot in the last quarter, and one of the few Cats who hit open jumpers.
Brezec - >10 mpg - I'd actually start Ely at center. Brezec is a cream-puff but can provide instant offense off the bench. He shouldn't play much. Ten minutes is about how long it takes him to get into foul trouble anyway.
I just don't see how the Bobcats are competing for a title next year let alone making the playoffs. Lets see the playoff standings:
These teams will all likely have a playoff spot next year barring major injuries leaving one spot to compete for. So the question becomes is Charlotte better than Indiana, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston (the Knicks?). I say no to all but the questionable Knicks and maybe Boston. So thats a no-go as it stands for a Charlotte post-season in my mind.