The worst season in NBA history is in the books, and it’s time to look at the players who made it all possible.
In the coming days I’ll take a look at every single Bobcats player (and I mean every single one), grade their season, and take a look into their future.
The other day I looked at Gana Diop’s (aesthetically displeasing) season. Today, it’s Cory Higgins’ turn.
When I say “every single… player (and I mean every single one)”… I mean every. single. one. Higgins played in just 38 games, but he still gets a grade.
He might just be the first player I’ve graded this season that didn’t crap his pants every time he touched the ball offensively. His per 36 minutes numbers of nearly 13 points and just over three assists are even pretty good.
But Higgins’ 33 percent field goal percentage this season was dreadful.
The former Colorado Buffalo averaged less than half a steal per 36 minutes, sported a 114 defensive rating (points produced allowed per 100 possessions) and according to Basketball-Reference.com, he corralled less than eight percent of available defensive rebounds while he was on the floor.
The guy is young, and he’s basically the opposite of Matt Carroll and Diop; A kid who played well in the D-League and was signed for a minimal amount of money to an NBA team that needed to shore up its bench… As opposed to a sagging veteran, who never really amounted to much in the NBA, but still commanded an unreasonable contract with a team that just needed him to sit on the bench for 40 minutes a game.
Charlotte should keep Higgins around and see what he turns into. He went from scoring eight points in 33 minutes a game as a freshman at Colorado, to scoring nearly 17 points in 32 minutes a game as a senior.
There’s room for improvement, and he’s shown a knack for it in the past.