Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/19/12
The Charlotte Bobcats won just seven games in 2011-12, by far the worst team in the NBA. Just how bad? The second worst team in the league won 13 more games than Charlotte. The Bobcats were putting their hopes into the NBA Draft lottery, hoping to land star big man Anthony Davis. He was going to instantly come in and change the franchise. Just one problem, the lottery ping pong balls didn't go their way. A 7-59 record didn't land Charlotte the top pick.While the Bobcats did end up with the second pick, taking a different Kentucky forward, it looked like another long season in the Queen City. Look, it still could be, but early on it's easy to see that these Bobcats are no-pushover. Charlotte has already won four games this year, or 57 percent of last year's win total in just eight games. The Bobcats are a much improved offensive team with better shot selection and have cut down on turnovers. New addition Brendan Haywood and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have helped Charlotte become a solid offensive rebounding team. But during its recent three game winning streak that was snapped Saturday by Memphis, defense has gotten the job done. In Charlotte's first four games, in which it went 1-3, the Bobcats gave up an average of 109.8 points and allowed opponents to shoot 50 percent from the field. Now in the last four, in which they've gone 3-1, the Bobcats have given up just 88.5 points per game and cut their opponent's field goal percentage down to 37 percent. Early on, new coach Mike Dunlap was trying a press and a matchup zone. It wasn't working, so Dunlap has scaled back on using them. It's also been about Dunlap getting a young team to buy into his defensive mindset and the continuous effort it requires. Personnel wise, second year guard Kemba Walker has taken a step forward in his game. His points average is up to 18.8, and he's taken the ball to the hoop more, getting more points from the foul line this season. Additions Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon have added some scoring punch to the backcourt, while Kidd-Gilchrist, Haywood and an improved Byron Mullens have shored up the front line. While the Bucks are still more talented than the Bobcats and probably still consider this a game they must win, it won't be easy. Add in the fact that this is a classic trap game with Miami and Chicago looming later in the week, and Milwaukee could have its hands full tonight. Follow Andrew Gruman onTwitter.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lane Johnson raises over $55K for Philly schools with 'Underdog' shirts

Thomas, Pierce get snarky on social media amid tribute drama

Rockets upset Clippers weren't disciplined

Report: Tom Brady ‘should be OK’ despite right hand injury

Jalen Rose tells Paul Pierce he is ‘petty’ for denying Thomas tribute

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Spurs announce Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely

WWE's Roman Reigns, famous actors implicated in steroids ring

Report: SEC will not stop Alabama from hiring Hugh Freeze

Austin Rivers cleared air with Ariza, has yet to with Chris Paul

Mike Tomlin confirms Todd Haley out as OC

Bortles grateful for teammates' support amid heavy criticism

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

College basketball’s most underrated stars

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Eight gutsy NBA trade deadline deals that would turn the tide

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Hornets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

The 'Fumble and The Miss' quiz

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

The 'It's a walk-off!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker