That “free-throw” attempt might be the best visual metaphor for Charlotte’s season that I’ve seen all year.
A simple answer to the question “how bad were the Bobcats?” is “extremely bad.”
But those two words don’t do this team justice.
Not only did the Bobcats finish last in the league by way of overall record, they ended the year last in offensive and defensive efficiency, point differential, field goal percentage and three-point percentage.
They also finished pretty close to last in opponent field goal percentage and rebounding.
Their leading scorer averaged 15 points per game, their leading rebounder averaged 5.8 boards per game and no one on their roster had a player efficiency rating above 15.
They finished the year on a 23 game losing streak.
They lost 30 plus games by more than 10 points.
They beat just two teams that finished the year with a winning record.
Somehow, the good people of Charlotte cared enough to make sure their team didn’t finish last in attendance.
There is reason for optimism looking forward, though.
Charlotte’s rookies played as well as they could have given the extended minutes they were forced to play. Kemba Walker finished seventh amongst rookies in minutes per game, fifth in points per game, third in assists per game (fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio), sixth in steals and he was the only rookie to record a triple-double this season.
Bismack Biyombo finished the year first amongst rookies in blocks per game, third in rebounds per game and fourth in double-doubles.
With some hard work on their weak areas this off season, both should be able to put up even better numbers in their sophomore seasons.
Despite injuries, DJ Augustin finished top 15 in assists per game, assist-to-turnover ratio and top ten in free-throw percentage. If he ever decided to show consistent effort on defense, he could become a top 10-15 point guard in this league.
As a team, Charlotte finished ninth in the league in turnover differential, ahead of teams like Chicago, San Antonio and Boston.
They also finished top ten in blocks per game, top 15 in turnovers per game and top 15 in attempted free-throws.
Sure the 2012 Bobcats are officially the worst team in NBA history, but there’s nowhere to go but up, right?