Originally written on Trade Street Post  |  Last updated 11/18/14



In Parts 1 and 2, we looked at the "Overpaid and Tough to Move!" and "Free Agents" groups.  Part 3 will focus on the most important group to the future success of the Bobcats, "The Future."  All of these players are young and have affordable guaranteed contracts.  The development of these 5 players, along with the upcoming draft picks, will determine how quickly we forget about the 7-59 season and start looking forward to the playoffs.


1)      Kemba Walker


Odds of Being on the Roster Next Year:  99%

Why He Will be Here:  Kemba was drafted 9th in the 2011 draft and was thrust into the backup PG role early in the season.  Due to injuries, he quickly jumped into the starting lineup and took a few turns at PG and SG.  Early in the season, Walker tended to rely on his jump shot too much and he also tended to miss too much.  I felt like his ability to run the offense improved throughout the season and I expect him to open next season as the starting PG.  Kemba needs to spend a lot of time working on his shot this summer and getting stronger, as he isn't quite big enough to handle some of the bigger guards in the league.  Overall, he showed enough game to give the team hope he can be the answer at PG and he'll get the job full time next season to prove it.

Why I Could be Wrong:  Honestly, it's difficult to envision a scenario where Walker isn't a Bobcat this fall.  Maybe if the Hornets offer us the #1 pick for Kemba and the #2?  Yeah, not happening.

2)      Bismack Biyombo


Odds of Being on the Roster Next Year:  99%

Why He Will be Here:  The Cats used Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston to move up 12 spots and grab Biyombo in last year's draft.  Biyombo had a contract dispute with his Spanish team and it looked for a while like the Biz would be stuck in Spain for this season.  Luckily, he finally arrived and for the most part, lived up to his billing.  He is an incredibly strong and competitive person and has great instincts as a shot blocker.  His offensive game, however, was also as raw as advertised.  Biyombo has a long way to go but showed the desire to work on his game and showed improvement throughout the season, especially from the FT line.  The Bobcats drafted Biyombo as a long-term project and he'll be here working on his game next season.

Why I Could be Wrong:  Similar to Kemba, I just can't see a scenario where the Biz is moved this summer.

3)      Gerald Henderson


Odds of Being on the Roster Next Year:  95%

Why He Will be Here:  I know we're talking about the worst team in NBA history but Henderson was undoubtedly the best player on the team.  Gerald continued to improve his offensive game and was the go to guy for the Cats late in games.  He still isn't a 3-point threat but is very reliable in the 18-20 foot range.  As was the case from his first 2 seasons in the league, Hendo is an above average perimeter defender and was used to lock down the biggest perimeter weapon on most nights.  I think Henderson has shown a nice progression in each of his 3 seasons and the Bobcats have a lot invested in him to continue developing as the starting SG.

Why I Could be Wrong:  Henderson will be entering the last season of his rookie contract so if someone comes begging and offering draft picks, I could see the front office listening to the pitch.  But I don't think that's very likely.

4)      Byron Mullens




Odds of Being on the Roster Next Year:  95%

Why He Will be Here:  Mullens was acquired from Oklahoma City in December for the rights to the Cats' 2013 second round pick.  He shoots the ball very well for a guy his size but was sort of a one trick pony at times.  As the season progressed, Mullens showed some improvement in his rebounding and post game but still has a long way to go defensively.  Overall, it's easy to see why Cho liked Mullens and pulled the trigger on this deal though.  Finding a legitimate 7 footer with range out to the 3-point line is a nice get for a 2nd round pick.

Why I Could be Wrong:  Byron has one year left on his rookie deal and I expect the Cats to let this upcoming season play out and see where things fall.  He would have to be a throw in for a bigger deal to be moved this summer.

5)      Reggie Williams


Odds of Being on the Roster Next Year:  90%

Why He Will be Here:  Reggie was signed as a long-range specialist but unfortunately was coming off an offseason meniscus injury and never truly regained his form.  This team has a severe shooting deficiency so I expect Williams to be back to full strength next season and should provide a much-needed scoring punch off the bench.  He is only under contract for one more season but I think Charlotte intends to retain him for a longer period of time, assuming he has a productive season.  Williams is from Virginia and likes playing in Charlotte, where he is close to home.

Why I Could be Wrong:  Williams will be on an expiring deal this season so like Mullens, I could see him being a throw in for a trade.  I don't think the Cats will be wheeling and dealing next month so expect Reggie to be here bombing away in November.

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