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Why the Charlotte Bobcats Will Be the Best Team in the League in 5 Years

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Bob Sun Contributor IIIJanuary 13, 2013

The Bobcats are one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Their record of 9-27 is only better than the records of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards.

They are 30th in points allowed and 29th in assists per game, 18th in rebounds per game and 19th in points per game.

It is clear that they are not going anywhere this year.

However, there is hope for Michael Jordan’s team.

The Cats have very good building blocks in Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. And if they keep losing, it’s quite possible that they will get the first pick in the lottery and get Shabazz Muhammad. This young team has defeated teams like the Bulls, Mavericks, Timberwolves and Pacers already. Imagine what they could look like when Walker, MKG and Bismack Biyombo are in their prime.

Perhaps a little bit like the Oklahoma City Thunder.

They already have a dynamic point guard in Kemba Walker. They have a stingy perimeter defender in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They have a great shot-blocker in Bismack Biyombo. They also have a fantastic sixth man in Ben Gordon.  If they land Shabazz Muhammad, they will have a future superstar.

Now does it look familiar?

Not only do they have all those guys, they also have something OKC doesn’t have: a good center. Byron Mullens is 23 and was averaging 12 points, 8 rebounds and a block before an ankle injury stopped him from playing. He could turn out to be the next J.J. Hickson.

Their bench also looks good. The Cats will have good depth in the backcourt in Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon, and they will have respectable depth in the frontcourt with Tyrus Thomas and Jeff Adrien.

Not that the starters will need it.

After an abysmal rookie season, Kemba Walker is looking like an All-Star. He’s averaging more points than Tim Duncan, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin and even Dwight Howard, at 18.1. He’s also eighth in the league in steals and 19th in the league in assists. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a blue jersey come All-Star Weekend. This is just his sophomore season.

Bismack Biyombo is like Serge Ibaka. They’re both young, they’re both foreign and both of them are in the top 15 in blocks. At one point, Biyombo was even in the top five.

If they land Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller or Nerlens Noel, they will have a future superstar. If they land Muhammad, they will have the best shooting guard in the league. If they receive Noel, they will have a dominant center in a league devoid of dominant centers. Same with Zeller.

The Bobcats have already defeated the Bulls, Pacers, Timberwolves, and the Bucks. They also took the Blazers to overtime and came within three points of beating the Lakers and Knicks. The sky is the limit for this team, and look for them to be contending in 2018. 

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