Coming into this season I was thinking that the Bobcatswould win somewhere between 30 – 35 games because of the additions of AlJefferson and Cody Zeller. While thosetwo pieces certainly help the team this team still has a huge flaw – The backcourtcannot shoot the three for shit:
Kemba Walker – 25.8%
Gerald Henderson – 16.7% (Never should have re-signed him)
Ramon Sessions – 20%
MKG – 0%
Jeffrey Taylor – 17% (Huge disappointment so far)
Then those are your five perimeter players and they receivenearly all of the minutes for the PG, SG and SF that is not going to come anywhereclose to getting it done in the NBA.
Team Shooting Percentage: 41.5% - 28th in the NBA
Team 3-Point Shooting Percentage: 27.8% - 26th inthe NBA
Free Throw Shooting – 69.7% - 28th in the NBA
Assists – 17.7 Per Game – 28th in the NBA
I am not a basketball expert but when you look at thosenumbers it is clear that the team can’t shoot the ball for shit. That is a major problem for the Cats primaryfree agent acquisition – Al Jefferson. Teams can collapse around him because there is virtually no threat of a3-point shooting or a player making a perimeter jump shot. Simply put this team is going to struggle toscore the ball all season long and may end up as the lowest scoring team in theNBA by the time the season is over with.
And the main thing is that this is not Coach Clifford’sfault. This is a fault of the managementfor not surrounding the core of this roster with the right players. When you have Kemba, MKG and Al you need tosurround them with people who can a SG and a PF that can stretch thefloor. Henderson can’t do that becausehe can’t make a 3 and McRoberts isn’t a stretch four because his jump shot isnot consistent enough and he doesn’t look to score first. I have faith that Zeller could be thatstretch 4 down the road once he gets comfortable with the NBA game. Then when you look at the players that comeoff the bench – Sessions can’t shoot, Jeffrey Taylor has been horrific, Bismackshould not be allowed to shoot and Adrien can’t shoot. Simply put, this is a dysfunctional NBAroster.
That being said, I think it is a good thing. As we all know, this is an incredibly deepdraft. In my opinion there are a minimumof 3 franchise players (Wiggins, Randle and Parker) and I think the Cats willbe in position to get one of those 3 because they are such a bad shooting teamthat they will end up with one of the three worst records in the league. After that, It is especially deep with shooters. Just look at some of the names:
James Young – 6’7 SG/SF
Wayne Selden – 6’5 SG
Gary Harris – 6’4 SG
Sam Dekker – 6’8 SF
Rodney Hood – 6’8 SG
Doug McDermott – 6’7 SF
Aaron Harrison – 6’5 SG
Adreian Payne – 6’10 PF
Rasheed Sulaimon – 6’4 SG
P.J. Hairston – 6’5 SG
Can you imagine this team landing their “franchise”superstar finally with one of the Top 3 Picks and then using their otherpotential 2 first round picks and early 2nd round pick to load up onplayers that can flat out shoot the ball.
This team could get a lot better in a big hurry.
I more or less agree with you. I've been bringing up the spacing issue since I got here, especially in regards to proposed trades/signings. McRoberts has helped some, but the real issue is that Kemba/Henderson/MKG is never going to be a successful NBA backcourt. There simply isn't enough shooting - they need at least one drastic upgrade, possibly two.
I would love to see the criteria the front office puts on free agent signings and draft prospects... It doesn't look like they put very much emphasis on shooting the ball.
In recent drafts we have passed over 2 outstanding young shooting guards with incredible strokes, Klay Thompson & Bradley Beal and drafted Kemba and MKG- I'm not saying those were the wrong picks but, it does show you that they may put more value on other attributes over shooting.
They also passed over some guards in free agency this year that could have helped our shooting woes... Kevin Martin, OJ Mayo, possibly Monta Ellis (whom I'm not real high on).
I think it's very important that we address the lack of shooting via the draft or free agency this year.
i think everyone would agree it would be great if we had some better pure shooters.
but if anything, you guys have just illustrated how easy it is to get some guys who can shoot. there were some available in free agency and usually at least one or two top notch shooters available in the lottery.
but you need big picture pieces as well, which the team has been trying to get (and you can debate whether we have them now or not).
so don't be surprised if the team picks up some shooters next year with that ben gordon money or through the draft, especially if hendo and taylor continue to underwhelm. let's hope.
I'd give anything to get Randle. He's going to be a legit franchise player in the NBA. The basketball gods owe us, right?
I'd also love to have Young or Selden. This draft class is out of this world.
I'm not overly worried about it for now, as I think Hendo and Taylor will get better. And as you mentioned, this draft is perfect to find a solid shooting scorer.
The only thing I hate is that a lot of the scorers' natural position is the 3. Ideally, we'd find a legit starting 2, but I'll take the best player whatever the position.
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Very few people foresaw Klay Thompson being this good. Passing on Beal was obviously a mistake.
It is? He looks like a surefire all-star to me. 20+ PPG scorer, easily. Remember, he's not much older than MKG.
we really need a guard who can shoot the three so yeah. i like gary harris a lot and he could be realistic for us
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