Five things, pertaining to the backups, I think are crucial to the Charlotte Bobcats maxing out their potential this season:
Gordon is a 40-percent career shooting from 3-point range. He is as well-suited as any Bobcat to make spot-up jumpers. You might not want him dribbling all around the court, but you want him shooting the J.
The Bobcats made the deal for Gordon knowing the Detroit Pistons would owe them a future first-round pick. But Gordon still has skills this team needs. And the better he plays early, the better the chance some team might want to absorb his $13.2million expiring salary at the trade deadline.
Sessions might play fewer minutes, exclusively as the backup point guard. He has great speed off the dribble and a knack for getting to the foul line. This could be a less-is-more situation where Sessions is playing in five-minute stints, but making more explosive plays.
Clifford has told Biyombo to lean on what he does best – blocking shots, rebounding – and not worry too much about his weaknesses for now. That’s a recurring theme for Clifford, who says players should spend as much time refining their strengths as addressing their weaknesses.
Biyombo was the seventh overall pick in 2011. It’s hard to say whether he’ll end up justifying such a high pick, but it’s too early to give up on him. As soon as you trade away a big, it seems another one gets hurt. It’s a lot harder finding another center than another guard.
Something changed, and it was apparent at Las Vegas summer league and Eurobasket, where Taylor represented his native Sweden. Taylor was aggressive and assertive. He was making his shot, constantly stealing passes and doing windmill dunks at the other end.
That’s the guy who can impact the Bobcats’ rotation all over the court.
Tolliver won’t be a big part of this rotation but he was brought in for that specific skill. Poor as the Bobcats’ spacing has been past seasons, he can hopefully put defenders in places they don’t want to be.