Thirty percent of the way through the NBA season, the Charlotte Bobcats have had their share of highs and lows.
November was the best month the team went through in a while, and December has resembled nothing short of absolute misery.
Still, there are several players who’ve impacted the team in a positive way, and who’ve kept the Bobcats in most of their games this month.
Glue Guy: Jeff Taylor.After not playing much in the first few games of the year, Taylor was inserted into the starting lineup, and has lived up to, and maybe surpassed the expectations of a typical second round draft pick. The Vanderbilt Commodore is doing a little bit of everything for Charlotte this year; In 25 minutes per game he’s scoring seven points, grabbing 2.3 rebounds, dishing out one assist, and coming up with a combined 1.1 blocks/steals per contest. He’s also threes at a 32 percent clip, which is good for fourth on the team amongst players who see the court more than 10 minutes per game.
Best Rookie: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. If you wondered why MKG wasn’t the glue guy, it’s because Taylor has done too much for this team not to be included in this list. It’s obvious that Kidd-Gilchrist is Charlotte’s best rookie. He’s scoring 10.4 points, grabbing 6.2 rebounds, dishing 1.8 assists, and blocking 1.4 shots per game in just 27 minutes of action per contest. He’s got the fifth best PER on the team, and at 16.2, it’s more than a whole point over the league average.
Best Sixth Man: Ramon Sessions. Ben Gordon got serious consideration for this accolade, but Ramon Sessions has had a better year coming off the bench than him. In just under 27 minutes per contest, Sessions is scoring 14 points and dishing 4.3 assists per game. His PER of 18.8 is good for second on the team, and when Kemba Walker has gone through rough stretches, Ramon Sessions has been there to run the team on the court.
Best Big: Byron Mullens. If you follow this site at all, you know how much it pains me to write this. But, the numbers don’t lie, and Mullens has been the best big man on the Bobcats this year. Sure he appears to shoot way too much, and at times he looks lazy on the glass, but after a 17 rebound game against the LA Lakers, Mullens is now averaging 7.7 boards per contest. I’ll stop at that number, because I may get sick if I have to praise Seven-feet-of-smooth too much.
MVP: Kemba Walker. Who else? In my opinion, Walker is the most improved player in the league. He’s got a PER of 19.9, he’s scoring 18.5 points per game, dishing out 6.1 assists per game, recording two steals per game and grabbing over three rebounds per game. His shot selection has improved, and his overall shooting ability has improved, too. He doesn’t have the best jump shot, yet, but Charlotte fans will certainly take his 43 percent field goal shooting and 30 percent three-point shooting after last year.
Most likely not to succeed: Tyrus Thomas
Most likely to be traded this year: Gana Diop
Least likely to see the floor: Jeff Adrien
Least likely to catch a pass under the basket: Bismack Biyombo