Yesterday Roberto Gato took the frontcourt of the Charlotte Bobcats into the grading room.
Today it’s the backcourt’s turn. (All stats are as of Dec. 20)
Kemba Walker: A
He’s got my vote for most improved player of the year, and he’s brought fun (with a little help from his friends) into the Time Warner Cable Arena. His 18.8 points per game have him sitting at 15th in the NBA, and he’s top 20 in assists, and top five in steals. He’s been Charlotte’s MVP this season, and if you base your argument on statistics, he’s one of the best young players in the NBA.
Ramon Sessions: B+
I thought Brendan Haywood was the best free agent pickup the Charlotte Bobcats made this offseason. Sessions has proven me wrong so far this year. When Walker has an off night, Sessions is usually there to pick up the slack. He’s averaging a career high 14 points per game, and he, more so than Ben Gordon, has turned into the ‘Cats Super-Sub.
Ben Gordon: C+
It’s not that Gordon hasn’t done what he was expected to do for the Bobcats this season… It’s that he’s really only done that. At this point in his career, Gordon is an above average player, and his grade here reflects that. His three-point percentage is solid, and his PER is above average, but other than that his numbers are quite vanilla.
Gerald Henderson: C+
Hendo has had a confusing season; His numbers exceed his career averages, but are lower than his averages from last season. He is averaging fewer minutes per game this year, but he’s getting to the line more and taking more three pointers. He’s made, on average, more than 50 percent of his 1.5 attempts from behind the arc per game, but until he improves his all-around shooting ability and forces defenders to get in his face, his real strength, slashing to the rim and finishing strong, will not be utilized to its ultimate ability.
Cory Higgins was dropped, Matt Carroll was traded and Jeff Taylor is more a small forward than shooting guard.