A man has to know his limitations. Same with a team. What do we have in Charlotte? Here is what I see:
A very good power forward in Okafor. The rock of the team. We need to keep him a Bobcat.
Crash is a solid small forward who is lethal when he slashes to the rim and he plays solid Defense. However, he is limited from outside of 15 ft as he does not have a good jumper.
J-Rich is a wonderful spot up 3 pt shooter and a great flyer on the fast break. He is not good in a set half court offense UNLESS we have a PG who can penetrate, draw in the Defense, and then dish out to a wide open J-Rich for an uncontested 3. That is where he is most lethal and we saw that in the first 2 games.
WE have NO Center - period. I would love to get Hibbard from Georgetown, but we would have to be a bottom 5 team to even have a shot at him. Likely have to address that via FA or trade.
We have a good PG in Ray. The question I have is "Do we have a great PG in Ray?" That is what we must see this season. This is his year. He showed great stuff the first 2 games, scoring and getting big assist numbers. He was not so good vs the Suns before the injury. But, everyone is entitled to a bad game now and then.
For me, Ray is the key to this team being an elite team vs just a good team. One that can vie for a Playoff spot, but whom we know will likely lose in the 1st round and who will surely lose in the 2nd, compared to an elite team who can seriously vie for the Eastern Conf Title.
What is is that every great team has? Is it a great Big man? No. The Shaq's, Duncans, are the exceptions. Those are teams that beome Dynasties. Every great team, however, does have a GREAT PG. That guy who somehow finds a way to score 20+ on you, and get 12-15 assists before you realize how he just tore thru your Defense like a hot knife thru butter. Nash is the epitome of this - 2x MVP. Look at the Spurs, Hornets, Jazz, and Mavs. Why did Cavs fail in Finals? Answer: A "Boobie" is not going to lead them to the promised land, no matter the fact that they have a King. They have no great PG.
Bottom line for me is "I love Ray and hope he elevates to that level of greatness." This is his year to do it. If he elevates his game, we can be a GREAT team once we land a big Center to help Okafor. If he cannot raise his game though, then I accept the fact that we cannot be a great team with him leading us. We can be a good team, but not great. I am a real Bobcat fanatic, and cannot stomach the thought of our ownership being content with just being a good team. I want owners and management who will do everything possible to make this team one of the elite. I believe MJ feels this way as you saw that in him as an athlete. i don't know about Bob Johnson, and that part scares me. If he looks at this as an income maker, he will never allow MJ to make the moves to move us from good to elite. Perhaps someone like a George Steinbrenner or a Mark Cuban will show up and offer enough $ to Johnson to sell. Perhaps that person then says "MJ, my partner, go buy what we need to win a Title." Maybe I am mis reading Bob Johnson, but my gut tells me I am correct.