A Look Into the Future: The Charlotte Bobcats of 2013

December 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (15) congratulates shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) after Henderson got fouled during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats of 2012 have been nothing short of terrible.

What will the ‘Cats of 2013 look like?

For one, they probably won’t look like winners; The Bobcats are young, inexperienced, and, honestly, not as talented as most NBA teams. The talent will be upgraded through the draft this year, but that inexperience will only get more, well, inexperienced.

Also, it’s unlikely that there will be any different faces on the Bobcats bench as far as coaches go. Dunlap isn’t going anywhere, and the team isn’t good enough for other franchises to pluck assistant coaches from his group.

The team will probably look better defensively and on the glass as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist develops and because I believe they will draft a big man this year.

Kemba Walker will look even better as his shooting skills, court vision, and defensive ability continue to improve.

Bismack Biyombo should become a consistent rebounding and defensive threat with more practice and hard work that he’s known for.

The bench should still look solid with Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon holding down the fort.

Jeff Taylor should look much better next season with the confidence he’s gaining from all his minutes this season.

Finally, they might not even look like the Bobcats next year.

With New Orleans opting for a name change next season, the Hornets name is up for grabs if Charlotte wants it.

Since that name is owned by the NBA, a Charlotte/Hornets reunion could be completed in quite a short time period.

 

 

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