Once again, next year is the first season that the salary floor jumps to 90% of the salary cap, and it will also be the first year of the graduated luxury tax that teams are so scared of. Cap space will be very valuable next year. McRoberts doesn't have to go, but he also can't get in the way of Charlotte making one or two major trades to get real difference makers.
Into the crevasse!
"Climb down Lemon, Climb down"
This really really hurts me to say this, because I really hate the Raptors commentators... I mean they are my least favourite in the entire league, but they did make a good point during the game last night. They said "If Mcroberts could focus on the game the entire time, he would be much better than he has been so far in his career". I totally see where they are coming from, at times Mcroberts seems laxidazical, like his head is elsewhere, but then he can just turn it on. The 1st and 2nd quarter were prime examples last night, he was like a totally different player.
One thing that I have personally noticed is he does seem to be quite a laidback guy, he isnt the type to stay after training or enjoy getting better. He strikes me as the guy who comes in and does what he has to and waits until the game to really do his thing. This is a common occurance in sports, you have some people who have some guys who just don't enjoy training and their heart isn't really into it.
I think this is why attitude is so important, if McRoberts had the attitude of say MKG, Kemba or Biz he wouldn't be on his 5th NBA team making just under 3 mil. I think teams get drawn in by his talent and then disappointed by his lack of drive to use that talent and reach his potential.
Final 2 notes:
1) If he went away over the off season and actually got in good physical shape that would help him a lot. We have all noticed his moobs on that tight NBA jersey, if this guy got in shape then maybe it would enable him to play well for longer stints, not just a quarter or two there... But I doubt this happens, he has been that shape since he joined the league and unless he has an epiphany I don't see him changing
2) His shot is really flat, but again I don't see this changing now but will always limit his shooting percentage, especially down the stretch of games when he is tired.
This is my first post on this thread, mainly because I wanted to wait a few weeks and get to see him and listen to his interviews first. Might just be me who thinks this and could have posted to early still but will be interesting to see how he adjusts. I would like him back next year already though, having a good passing and handling big is a blessing for this raw young team.
one thing i think people are overlooking is the term role player. i totally agree that the way mcbob is playing now, he is worth 3-4mil per year as a role player/backup 7th or 8th man. the problem is on a rebuilding team like the bobcats he is a starter. he is not a good starter as referenced by the playoff starters at his own position.
i think bogg's point (correct me if i am wrong) is that the bobcats should not be committing long term money for role players who do not have a defined role on the team. all cap space should be preserved for facilitating deals that net assets or picks UNTIL we have well defined core with a true superstar/alpha player. right now we have a very good 2nd banana in kemba and pretty solid utility guy in mkg. we need at least 2 more pieces (ideally a true superstar alpha score, a better 2nd banana which would let kemba slide to a 2b or even 3rd option scorer and let him concentrate on running the offense and killing the breaks like he already does). at that point we need to focus on setting the long term rotation guys into place.
We never had high draft picks, (Paul George was the highest pick at 10) but we turned many of those picks into serviceable players and kept building until eventually we snuck into the 8th seed of the playoffs. It started with picking Jerryd Bayless and swapping him for 3 contributors, (traded on draft night with others for Brandon Rush, Josh McRoberts, and Jarrett Jack) Roy Hibbert, Tyler Hansbrough, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard (traded on draft night for George Hill). It is a myth that you have to get really, really bad, to ever get really, really good. You don't. None of those guys were high lottery picks. You just need to draft better.
Everyone seems intent on trying to rebuild using the "OKC model." How often does that work? They got an eventual all-time great player in Kevin Durant with the 2nd pick. Charlotte got MKG. They got a perennial All-Star in Russell Westbrook with the 4th pick. Charlotte got Adam Morrison with the 3rd pick. They got Serge Ibaka with the 24th pick in the 2008 draft. Charlotte got Alexis Ajinca with the 20th pick that year.
You better hope Josh doesn't keep playing as well as he has been for the next 14 games, at this rate, you'll be advocating him getting a max contract this summer.
I'm not sure how much money you think most serviceable NBA players make, but $3-4 million for someone who contributes as much as McRoberts does, is cheap. It's not some exorbitant amount that will hamstring the Bobcats' ability to do anything this summer, or the next few summers. It is absolutely vital to get contributors for that kind of money. You have unrealistic expectations about what you can pay for guys who are anything more than glorified D-Leaguers. Josh is not that.
Sessions got $5 million a year. McRoberts is a better player and asset than Sessions, and nobody is arguing he should get as much annually. Has Sessions' contract done anything to hurt the Bobcats' cap situation?
gm in potty training (03-21-2013)
Charlotte is not signing a superstar in free agency, most likely. As long as they are only capable of 20-25 wins every year, they absolutely never will sign that guy. McRoberts obviously makes them a better team. Anyone who disagrees with that, is watching an entirely different game. Shouldn't they want to keep getting better?
better than motejunas..