After an underwhelming tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, Brendan Haywood was picked up from the amnesty wire by the Charlotte Bobcats last offseason.
Haywood, who played high school and college basketball in North Carolina, began the season as the Bobcats starting center. However, he would only make 17 starts before being moved to the bench and having an inconsistent role in Mike Dunlap’s rotation.
Haywood finished the season with 3.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 19 minutes per game. He had the lowest field goal percentage of his career at 43.8%.
He’s signed through the 2015-16 season, with an unguaranteed salary and still has a good chance of being the Bobcats backup center next season.
Let’s see how Roberto Gato writers viewed Haywood’s season:
Bryan’s Grade: D
I had high hopes for Haywood this year, especially after his decent start to the 2012/13 campaign. In just 28 minutes per game he averaged almost seven points and exactly seven rebounds per game in the first month of the season. He also averaged one block and just 1.4 turnovers per game in that span.
After that, though, he never averaged more than 3.3 points or 4.4 rebounds per game in a single month. He finished the year averaging 3.5 points and 4.8 boards per game. Can’t give him anything more than a D for his season-long performance.
Edward’s Grade: D+
The 2013 season was a rough ride for veteran players on the Bobcats. Ben Gordon had inconsistent minutes despite a strong shooting start at the season. Tyrus Thomas, despite obvious shortcomings, never got much of a chance to do otherwise.
Haywood can certainly relate. He averaged 6.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and a block as a starter this season. He shot 52% from the field during that time, which is a drastic difference from his 36.5% shooting as a starter.
If I had to guess, Haywood wasn’t too much into his role this season with the Bobcats. Dunlap did a terrible job managing the veterans on the team and the next coach is going to have to appeal to both veterans and young players if he wants success. Haywood can either be a high-quality backup center or a solid stop-gap center. Either way there’s no doubt in my mind that he can contribute positively to this team.
I would like to see him play with a little more aggression though. Haywood throughout his career has been a hot/cold player. He’s blessed with so much size and has good defensive instincts, that you’d hope for some respectable level of consistency. It’s hard to give Haywood a strong grade off this season, because of the circumstances and poor production. I hope the next coach can harness some type of positive impact from Haywood.