Leading up to the NBA’s Trade Deadline, rumors circulated that names like Gerald Henderson or Ben Gordon could be moved. However, both stayed with the Charlotte Bobcats after the deadline passed. Instead, the Bobcats made a single move when they sent Hakim Warrick to Orlando in exchange for Josh McRoberts.
After spending four seasons at Duke, landing in Charlotte was a bit of a homecoming for McRoberts. Most Bobcats fans expected him to sit on the bench and be a new face during garbage time. Instead, McRoberts surprised everyone in his 26 games in the Queen City.
Here’s what our writers had to say about McBob’s Charlotte tenure:
Bryan’s Grade: B
In what turned out to be a pretty substantial move, Josh McRoberts came to the Bobcats in a trade-deadline deal for Hakim Warrick and helped the team stay out of NBA’s basement (his former team, the Orlando Magic, hold that distinction this year).
He scored 9.3 points and grabbed 7.2 rebounds per game for Charlotte. He also had 2.7 assists per game, and really got the ‘Cats offense moving in a different gear with his ability to pass the ball. For helping to keep his new team out of the basement, McRoberts gets a B.
Edward’s Grade: B+
I was at Time Warner Cable Arena for the first game that McRoberts was on the active roster as a Bobcat. Many fans were yelling at Mike Dunlap to throw him into the game, as the Bobcats were being pounded by the Chicago Bulls. What seemed like a fun heckling idea, actually turned into reality.
McRoberts was fantastic for the Bobcats in the last half of the season. He played very similar to how Boris Diaw did in his first season with the team, except with much more energy. He runs the floor, he’s very athletic and he’s a good rebounder. Per 36, McRoberts averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, one steal and just under a block. It’s an understatement to say he fills out the statsheet.
McRoberts might be one of the most underrated passers in the league. He sees the floor well and has a good handle for a big man. McRoberts passing was a welcome change from Byron Mullens, who always seems more interested in low-percentage shots than moving the ball for a better quality attempt. Simply put, McRoberts played basketball and he’s the type of player the Bobcats need to acquire more of. He plays a smart, team-oriented style of basketball. Missing players like that has been one of the reasons why the Bobcats have struggled so much.
While the Bobcats still need to find a player better than McRoberts to start, I am all for bringing him back next season. He would be the first big man off the bench if I were coaching.