Charlotte Hornets 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 9, Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
Round 1, Pick 26, P.J. Hairston, SG, D-League/North Carolina (via trade with Miami
Round 2, Pick 45, Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford
Round 2, Pick 55, Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier (via trade with Miami Heat)
5-5-14: This franchise will finish with a 0-8 postseason record under the “Bobcats” name. LeBron James and the Miami Heat swept the future Charlotte Hornets and won each of the Bobcats’ two home games by double digits. James dominated this series and was able to score at the hoop easily because Al Jefferson was hobbling. Charlotte still has not beaten the Heat since James went to South Beach. In Game 3, Jefferson gutted out 20 points in 30 minutes, but he could not play in Game 4. Kemba Walker made up for the big man’s absence with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists in the final game of the series.
4-28-14: Al Jefferson put up double-doubles in each of the first two games of the series, but the Bobcats lost both contests. It is unfortunate that he is not fully healthy for just the fifth and sixth starts in his postseason career. Early in Game 1, Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia. He had the potential to score close to 30 points per game against this Heat team because Miami does not have a strong interior presence on defense. However, the injury has limited Jefferson, who is important to both the Bobcats’ offense and defense. Therefore, it will be very difficult for this year’s Charlotte team to get the first postseason win in franchise history.
4-21-14: Al Jefferson, who was among the best players this season in scoring and rebounding, continued his strong play in April as he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. He made the most two-point shots in the NBA in April and led the Bobcats to the league’s best regular-season record in the shortened month. Charlotte finished the season winning eight of its final nine games, and Jefferson was the game-high rebounder in all nine contests. Unfortunately, the Bobcats, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, have to take on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. The last time Charlotte defeated the Heat in a game, LeBron James was in Cleveland.
4-16-14: Charlotte Bobcats playoff tickets average $260 on the secondary market, which is 2nd in the East and 3rd overall. The regular season average was $113, meaning there is a 129% playoff premium. The Bobcats are currently in the 7th seed in the East and are set to face the 2nd seeded Heat in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Bobcats suffered a frustrating overtime loss on Friday at Orlando, but Josh McRoberts had a fantastic night. He scored a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Kemba Walker and Eastern Conference Player of the Month Al Jefferson helped the Bobcats bounce back to win their remaining two games. On Monday, Charlotte beat the Washington Wizards by six points, and Walker led all players with 21 points and 10 assists at the Time Warner Cable Arena that night. Al Jefferson was the game-high rebounder in that contest as well as Wednesday’s one in Philadelphia. The Bobcats beat the 76ers by 30 points behind 25 points and 10 rebounds from Jefferson.
4-1-14: The Bobcats are looking very good, as they went 2-1 on a difficult homestand. They hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, and Al Jefferson had a fantastic game as the Bobcats won, 124-94. Not only did Jefferson lead all scorers at the Time Warner Cable Arena that night, but he also dished off a game-high six assists. Then on Monday, James Harden was too much for Charlotte as the Bobcats fell, 100-89. However, Jefferson was back at it on Wednesday. Jefferson put up game-highs in points and rebounds as the Bobcats defeated the Brooklyn Nets by five points in overtime.
3-24-14: The Bobcats have had an interesting schedule, in which nine consecutive mid-March games have alternated home and road venues. On Friday, they returned home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Al Jefferson’s game-highs in points and rebounds helped Charlotte get the 105-93 victory. On Sunday, the Bobcats traveled to Milwaukee and beat the Bucks by nine points. The Bobcats were not as successful on the second night of the back-to-back set. Their four-game winning streak and eight-game home winning streak both ended with a 97-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Bobcats then lost to the Nets in Brooklyn by five points on Wednesday.
3-17-14: Al Jefferson and the Bobcats had a strong week, as the franchise looks to make it to the playoffs for the first time in four years. On Friday, the Bobcats hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jefferson put up a game-high 28 points in the 101-92 victory. However, the back-to-back set hurt Charlotte. The team traveled to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Saturday. The Grizzlies won, 111-89, but the Bobcats bounced back in a big way. They went on to defeat the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards to push their record closer to .500. Jefferson was the game-high scorer in both of those contests.
3-10-14: The Bobcats had one of the most difficult weeks for any team this season. They faced the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in a six-day stretch. They barely survived with a 1-3 record. After losing the first three contests of the week, Charlotte showed resilience by blowing out the Pacers on Wednesday. Al Jefferson was the man of the match as he put up game-highs in points and rebounds. The Bobcats also made an interesting move this past week. They waived Ben Gordon, ensuring that he would not be eligible for any NBA team’s 2014 playoff roster.
3-3-14: A poor 4th quarter in which the Bobcats only managed to score 18 points crushed the hopes of gaining an impressive road win in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The Bobcats entered the fourth trailing by 4, but we're overwhelmed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom had 28 and 26 respectively. Al Jefferson continued to provide the backbone for the Bobcats with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
3-2-14: Al Jefferson is cementing himself as one of the league’s best big men. On Friday, the Bobcats hosted the New Orleans Pelicans, and Jefferson led all scorers with 33 points. Kemba Walker also tacked on a game-high eight assists. Then, Charlotte made it back-to-back wins on Saturday. The Memphis Grizzlies headed to the Time Warner Cable Arena with a four-game winning streak and lost, 92-89. Walker played very well that night for the Bobcats as he scored a game-high 31 points. Charlotte used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to grab the victory and get a perfect 2-0 week.
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive remaining Charlotte Bobcats tickets are: March 22nd vs the Portland Trail Blazers (Kelly Tripucka Bobblehead night), March 7th vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, March 24th vs the Houston Rockets, April 16th vs the Chicago Bulls, and March 26th vs the Brooklyn Nets. March 17th vs the Atlanta Hawks is the cheapest remaining game.
2-27-14: The Bobcats and shooting guard Ben Gordon are continuing buyout discussions. Gordon is being paid $13.2 million this year despite logging just 259 minutes of action. The Bobcats tried to unload him during the trade deadline to no success. Thus far, the team has enjoyed their most successful season in their history.
2-26-14: The Bobcats' new additions of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal are expected to take the floor soon to help Charlotte in their quest to reach the 6th seed or better. Neal has Final experience from his days in San Antonio while Ridnour is a pass-first point guard who can run things smoothly anytime Kemba needs a rest.
2-25-14: With a 4 game winning streak on board, the Bobcats have moved to the 7th seed in the East. While the Pistons and Knicks continue to struggle, the Bobcats can realistically land anywhere from the 4th seed to 9th. Overall, chance are looking good for the team's first playoff berth since 2009.
2-24-14: The Bobcats got some rest over the All-Star break and came back to finally stop alternating wins and losses. Charlotte swept its home-and-home set with the Detroit Pistons, winning by a combined 30 points. On Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Al Jefferson put up 32 points and 12 rebounds in addition to matching his career-high with seven assists. Then, the following night, Jefferson continued to his hot stretch to bring the Bobcats closer to .500. He scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. This 2013-14 Charlotte team looks like it will have the opportunity to win its first playoff game in franchise history.
2-18-14: This past week, the Bobcats continued their seesaw February. They have gone loss, win, loss, win and loss to begin the shortest month of the year. They have fought through a difficult schedule recently and will hope to hold onto a playoff spot through the rest of the season. After Charlotte dropped Saturday’s game to the San Antonio Spurs, big men Al Jefferson, Anthony Tolliver and Josh McRoberts all stepped up on Tuesday. Jefferson continued his hot scoring stretch with a game-high 30 points, Tolliver added a season-high 22 points and McRoberts dished off a career-high 13 assists in Charlotte’s blowout win over the Dallas Mavericks. However, the second night of the back-to-back hurt the Bobcats as they fell by 16 points to the Brooklyn Nets.
2-10-14: The Bobcats are just barely holding onto that last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They impressed the NBA world this past week as they finished their four-game road trip against Western Conference. The final three games were against the Pacific Division, and Charlotte finished with a strong 2-1 record. On Friday, Al Jefferson matched his career-high with 40 points as the Bobcats beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 10 points. The Bobcats could not continue the winning streak on Saturday in Phoenix, but Kemba Walker returned to the lineup on Tuesday in Golden State. Although he left the game in the fourth quarter with cramps, he filled his stat line in the Bobcats’ surprising victory over the Warriors.
2-4-14: The Bobcats traveled to New York to face the Knickerbockers, but they did not know that they were going to see a show that night. They witnessed Carmelo Anthony score the most points in modern Madison Square Garden history in the Knicks’ blowout victory. Charlotte then returned home to face the Bulls and lost by two points to Chicago. Al Jefferson had a fantastic game though, as he led all players with 32 points and 13 rebounds that Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Al Jefferson then kept up his strong play with a game-high 35 points on Wednesday as the Bobcats began their four-game road trip with a 101-98 win in Denver.
1-27-14: The Bobcats had a very successful week; especially with starting point guard Kemba Walker out for two of the contests. In the game before Walker hurt himself, Al Jefferson became the first Bobcat in franchise history to score 30 points and grab 15 rebounds in a non-overtime game. Walker also posted the third double-double of his 2013-14 season, and Charlotte stayed perfect in those games. Then, the Bobcats hosted the Heat the next night and led at halftime, but after Walker sprained his ankle in the third quarter, the Bobcats could not get the victory. However, Charlotte bounced back with home wins over the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.
1-20-14: The Bobcats have struggled thus far in January. After having just eight losses in November and nine in December, they fell in five of their first six contests in 2014. However, Charlotte could turn it around now that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is back. In his return on Tuesday, the Bobcats defeated the Knicks by double digits and stopped New York’s season-long five-game winning streak in the process. In that game, Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points, and Kemba Walker chipped in 25 of his own. While the Bobcats lost to the Philadelphia 76ers the next night, Walker scored a game-high 26 points.
1-7-14: You cannot do worse than an 0-5 record over a seven-day stretch in the NBA. To finish 2013, the Bobcats lost by four on Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, lost by two in overtime to the Hawks in Atlanta the next night and then lost by three to the Utah Jazz on Monday. Late-game execution was not Charlotte’s strong suit during that unfortunate stretch. However, there was no much need for a fourth quarter in the next two games. The Bobcats lost to the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers by a combined 57 points.
12-30-13: The Bobcats recently received some unfortunate news on the injury front. Second-year small forward Jeff Taylor was diagnosed with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, which will force him to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season. Since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains sidelined with an injury of his own, the news of Taylor’s injury is especially difficult to swallow for Charlotte fans. However, the Bobcats still went 2-1 over the last week. Kemba Walker’s season-high 34 points helped extend the Bobcats’ winning streak to a season-long three games. Although the Utah Jazz halted Charlotte’s streak on Saturday with a 88-85 win, Kemba Walker registered 25 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in Monday’s overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
12-22-13: Even without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats find themselves fighting for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Although Charlotte dropped its first two games of the week to fall to 10-14, Kemba Walker helped the team bounce back with two important victories. After scoring a team-high 24 points in a 95-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, he hit an overtime buzzer-beater to defeat the Raptors in Toronto the next night. Additionally, in each of those wins, Walker made four 3-pointers, marking just the second time in his NBA career that he accomplished that feat in back-to-back contests.
12-13-13: This could be the year that the Bobcats finally win a postseason game. The only time in franchise history that Charlotte made it to the playoffs was 2010, but the Orlando Magic swept the Bobcats in that first-round series. Unfortunately, Orlando had the Bobcats’ number again. On Wednesday, the Magic defeated Charlotte, 92-83, to stop the Bobcats’ two-game winning streak. It was the team’s first two-game winning streak in almost a month. After the Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, they impressively took down the Golden State Warriors three days later. Kemba Walker tied his season-high with 31 points in the victory over Golden State.
12-6-13: The Bobcats have had difficulties keeping their starting lineup together this season. Al Jefferson has already missed nine games due to an ankle injury, and then Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand on Tuesday in Dallas. Although Kidd-Gilchrist is still working on his jumper, he has been a strong contributor to this Charlotte team. It will not be easy for the ‘Cats during the four to six weeks that he is out. The Bobcats have had to face some tough opponents recently, so it is going to be a challenge to get back to .500. After a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, they lost in Miami and Dallas.
11-28-13: The Bobcats are sitting at 7-9 on the season and the start of the year looks eerily similar to the beginning of 2012-2013. Charlotte has lost their last three of four, but did manage to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in that time frame. Kemba Walker has been playing well early in the season, but in Wednesday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers he shot just 3-17 on the night and had a team worst +/- of -25. Free agent signee Al Jefferson has played in just seven of the 16 Bobcats games so far and his averages across the board are his lowest since 2005-2006. In more exciting news, Charlotte announced that once they return their nickname to the Hornets next season, they will also return to the purple and teal color scheme of yore.
11-22-13: Despite Al Jefferson being in and out of the lineup so far this year, Charlotte is starting the season very similar to last season – winning. With a 6-6 record through 12 games, the challenge for Charlotte will obviously be to maintain the consistent play they’ve displayed so far. Kemba Walker exploded for 31 points in the Bobcats win over the Nets on Wednesday night after struggling mightily against the Bulls and Heat, shooting a combined 10-32, in Charlotte’s two previous games. Five of the Bobcats next six games come against Phoenix, Milwaukee and Boston, so the opportunities for W’s will be there.
11-15-13: Charlotte started out week three of the 2013 NBA season with two straight losses, exhibiting their usual poor defense as they fell to the Knicks and Hawks. They were able to rebound in the middle of the week against the Boston Celtics, however, bringing them to a respectable 4-4 mark. Newly acquired big man Al Jefferson continues to pace the Bobcats in points and rebounds through the first three weeks. However, if Charlotte is to take a serious stab at the playoffs this year, point guard Kemba Walker will have to be much more effective going forward.
11-8-13: Through two weeks the Charlotte Bobcats are equals with the Miami Heat, using a solid 3-2 start to earn a first place tie in the Southeast division. The Bobcats are still an inconsistent team on both ends of the floor due to their youth, but that youth is the very reason Bobcats fans can finally be optimistic about a potential run at a playoff spot. Backed by impressive rookie Cody Zeller and newly added big man Al Jefferson, Charlotte has a bigger inside punch than they’ve had in years and could build positive momentum going into week three of the 2013 season.
11-1-13: The Bobcats enter their 10th season as an NBA franchise with new coach Steve Clifford as well as a new center in ‘Big’ Al Jefferson. He starts alongside power forward Josh McRoberts and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist is in just his second professional year of basketball, looking to improve upon his solid rookie season. Bismack Biyombo, who had great rebounding performances in the preseason, had his 2014-15 contract option picked up by the Bobcats near the start of the regular season. He will back up Jefferson at the center position as he hopes to make his third season in the NBA a great one.
10-18-13: The Charlotte Bobcats have not had the best record in their short history in the NBA but have made some good draft picks and are steadily getting better to the point where in a few seasons they should be on the verge of making the playoffs. They have won their last three preseason games to bring them to a record of 3-2 as they round out the preseason with games:
- October 19 vs Dallas
- October 24 vs Cleveland
- October 25 @ New York
8-23-13: As the Bobcats continue their rebuilding process, their fans can take comfort in knowing that their beloved Hornets name will soon return. The on-court product should be much improved this season as well, as Charlotte made serious strides in beefing up their frontcourt. The Bobcats selected uber-athletic 7-footer Cody Zeller with the 4th overall pick and he will man the PF position this year. Charlotte also made their first major free agent signing in years, luring Al Jefferson from the Jazz with a 3-year, $40.5M deal.
Charlotte opens their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and the Miami Heat will visit Charlotte twice, first on Saturday, November 16th and for the final time on Saturday, January 18th. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come to town on Friday, December 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Cleveland Cavaliers
- December 14th – L.A. Lakers
- January 14th – New York Knicks
- January 22nd – L.A. Clippers
- January 25th – Chicago Bulls
8-8-13: The Bobcats have signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.
7-1-13: The Charlotte bobcats drafted Cody Zeller out of Indiana with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. As an athletic seven footer Zeller will certainly make an impact on the bobcats roster. Zeller played two years at Indiana and Last year the average 16 points and eight rebounds per game. Cody is the second Zeller to make the NBA the last two years, As he is the younger brother of Cavs' center Tyler Zeller. The bobcats and their owner Michael Jordan continue to rebuild with young talent and their lottery draft picks. Zeller will compete with Byron Mullins for the starting center position In Charlotte. On a young roster that only won 21 games last season Cody should certainly see a bulk of minutes in Charlotte. In college Cody was an efficient scorer who could run the floor and play with his back to the basket. Bobcats tickets averaged $127 at home last season. It is no guarantee that the addition of Cody will change the bobcats position in the standings but average ticket prices should remain about the same.
2013 Bobcats Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 4: PF Cody Zeller, Indiana.
6-12-13: Toward the bottom of the standing is where you usually will find the Bobcats. This season was no different. Rookie head coach Mike Dunlap was unable to get the Cats out of the cellar and will not be given a second chance to do so. He was fired and replaced by Steve Clifford. Not all is bleak on the horizon for the Michael Jordan ran organization. With some nice young pieces and a strong position in this year’s draft, the Bobcats can continue to rebuild and possibly lure some free agents in the near future. Charlotte only won 6 games away from home this year. Kemba Walker led the team in scoring averaging 17 points per game. The Bobcats have the 4th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
2-25-13: At 13-43, the Bobcats are in bottom basement of the Eastern Conference and going nowhere fast. With some good young talent and a rookie head coach it will be interesting to see how legendary owner Michael Jordan tries to right this ship. With tough matchups coming up against the Clippers and Jazz, it seems more losses are in the near future. Hopefully for the Bobcats, Kemba Walker can continue to grow into the all-star point guard he has the potential to be. The ‘Cats also saw some positive contributions from rookie swingman Jeffrey Taylor who is out of Vanderbilt. The 23 year old rookie has shown the ability to defend and finish strong around the rim at the NBA level. The Bobcats will need to buckle down and focus more on defense currently allowing over 100 points per game ranking 28th in the league.
11-26-12: The Bobcats have been a pleasant surprise for their fans. Not rolling into this season with a boatload of talent, they have competed hard and and currently boast a winning record of 7-5. Not even a month of the season is complete and already the Bobcats have matched their entire win total from last year when they set an all-time low in winning percentage (.106). With inspired play from young guard Kemba Walker and a full commitment from owner Michael Jordan, the Bobcats seem to be headed in a positive direction. With games coming up against the Thunder and division rival Hawks, it will be interesting to see if this team can remain above the .500 mark.