With our best option at power forward out for the year, who will pick up the slack?
Oakafor's agent, and the Bobcat FO should be in close contact for the next few weeks to get his contract extension done. Coupled with the 57 million for Gerald Wallace, over 6 years, 27 million for Matt Carroll, over 5 years, and 4 years left on Jason Richardson's 51 million contract, it's not likely the Bobcats will be bringing in any more bigs right away. IMHO.
In earlier posts, I argued that until May got healthy, it would be best to start Hermann at the 4. Even though Sean is our best option, giving better Rebounding, and inside scoring, Hermann gives us better speed and spacing. When he's dragging the opponent's 4 outside, to guard against the 3 ball, it opens up the floor for our best penetrator, (Felton), and our best finisher/slashers-J Rich and G Wallace.
With Primo backing up Okafor, and Ryan Hollins getting reserve minutes, I think the best option to back up Hermann, will be Jared Dudley. Don't be shocked if he even starts a few games. He may not be the most athletic guy, but has a high basketball IQ. He does all the little things, is a good shooter, and is a tenacious rebounder for his size.
Option 3 is Gerald Wallace himself. No explanation needed.
Jermareo Davidson has the height, length, and shot blocking skills. He just needs to bulk up, and gain some experience.
Bottom line: When you lose your 3rd best player, pre J Rich, when healthy, it will take off a few games from your win total. Can the Bobcats still make the playoffs? Can they even match last years total?
Part of the answer of course, depends on how the other players respond to the challenge. Who will step up to provide leadership, rebounding, scoring, defense, and all the other things Sean brought to the table. (Don't say doughnuts ;>) Actually he was more into taking them away. LOL
Seriously, all our best wishes should go out to Sean and his family, for a speedy and successful recovery. We're pulling for ya big guy !!