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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Martellus Bennett thinks Rodgers is better than Brady?

Fairley expected to miss 2017 season due to heart condition

Cousins could get more than $30 million per year in free agency?

Charlie Sheen puts Babe Ruth trade contract, World Series ring up for auction

Miguel Tejada's home burglarized, suspect arrested

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Nationals players privately grumbling about bullpen woes

Dwight Howard responds to those who think he's washed up

Report: Red Sox interested in Sonny Gray

Jermichael Finley opens up about lasting effects of injury

Lionel Messi has allegedly hid tens of millions of euros through his own charity

John McEnroe: Serena Williams would be No. 700 on men's tour

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

NBA 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 Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

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