Fresh off a mind-numbing 7-59 record that included a 23-game losing streak to close out last season, the Charlotte Bobcats are in desperate need of a makeover. Michael Jordan may have been one of the best ever to play the game, but as an executive his record as a talent evaluator is spotty at best, but it's still his job to help turn around the Bobcats as the team's chairman.
The rebuild process started with Charlotte getting the 2 pick in last month's NBA Draft, in which Jordan selected Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Jordan had better hope he gets this pick right and itlooks like Kidd-Gilchrist could be as good as advertised. The 6'-7" Kidd-Gilchrist is known for his relentless approach bothoffensivelyand defensively on the court, as he averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds a game in helping lead Kentucky to the National Championship. Charlotte can only hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can breathe new life into a team coming off an historically awful season.
With Kidd-Gilchrist in the fold, he joins last year's first-round draft pick guardKemba Walker as the faces of the franchise. Walker averaged 12 points and 4 assists in his rookie campaign but more will be expected of him next season for Charlotte. Walker led UConn to the 2011 National title, but had his ups and downs in his first year in the NBA, only starting 22 of a possible 66 games.
In somewhat of a surprise, the Bobcats recently signed guard Ramon Sessions to a two-year deal.Thefive-year NBA veteran has averaged 11.1 points and 5 assists and would likely back up Walker even though he was a starter with the L.A. Lakers.
The Bobcats also picked up Brendan Haywood after the former Wizards center was amnestied by Dallas last week. Haywood was acontributorto Dallas when it won the 2010 NBA title but he struggled last season, averaging only 5 points and 6 rebounds.
Charlotte still has hopes that Bismack Biyambo, who came over via trade in the 2011 draft, canimprove byleaps and bounds and help the Bobcats next season.Biyambo, a 6'-9" forward from Zaire, struggled, scoring just 5 points and 5 rebounds a game in his rookie season.
Charlotte also has a new coach in Mike Dunlap who was plucked from relative obscurity as an assistant with St. John's. Known for player development, Dunlap will have his hands full trying to turn around an historically bad ball club next season. Safe to say for Charlotte it can't get any worse than it did last year.