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11 Charlotte BOBCATS
Ben Reiter
October 23, 2006
In search of shining moments, the team turns to yet another NCAA star
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October 23, 2006

11 Charlotte Bobcats

In search of shining moments, the team turns to yet another NCAA star

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F WALTER HERRMANN * (r) 10.5 ppg 3.0 rpg 0.50 apg 49.3 FG% 43.5 3FG%
F-C MELVIN ELY 9.8 ppg 4.9 rpg 0.77 bpg 0.51 spg 50.8 FG%
F-C SEAN MAY 8.2 ppg 4.7 rpg 0.52 bpg 0.74 spg 40.9 FG%
G BREVIN KNIGHT 12.6 ppg 3.2 rpg 8.8 apg 2.28 spg 39.9 FG%
G MATT CARROLL 7.6 ppg 2.0 rpg 0.60 spg 40.3 FG% 38.9 3FG%

It's no accident that the Bobcats resemble the cast of so many One Shining Moment montages, with 10 members of the training camp roster having reached the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "When we were formulating our plans for the franchise, we wanted to try to find players who had been in winning programs," coach and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff says. "These people know how to win, and know how to surmount difficult times."

Difficult times, indeed: In its two seasons Charlotte is 44--120. But Bickerstaff is sticking to his plan. Adding to a nucleus of NCAA stars--forwards Emeka Okafor and Sean May and guard Raymond Felton--the team used the third pick to draft Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison. The most resounding support for the choice came from new part owner Michael Jordan.

While some snickered last March as Morrison's tears dripped from his wispy mustache in the closing seconds of Gonzaga's 73--71 regional semifinal loss to UCLA, Jordan was touched. "It is hard to find people who are willing to put their heart into something so much that they become emotional about it," he said on draft day. The Bobcats, whose field goal percentage (43.3%) was last in 2005--06, will find a go-to scorer in the 6'8" Morrison (a career 50.3% from the field in college). Meanwhile the defense, which ranked 28th in opponent field goal percentage (47.8%), will get a boost from the returns of Okafor and May, who missed a combined 115 games last season. Charlotte still won't make the playoffs, but it's on the right path to finding a few shining moments.

Projected Starting Lineup with 2005--06 statistics

Record: 26--56 (T13 in East)
Points scored: 96.9 (18th in NBA)
Points allowed: 100.9 (24th)
Coach: Bernie Bickerstaff
(third season with the Bobcats)

Primoz Brezec

PPG 12.4
RPG 5.6
APG 0.6
BPG 0.41
SPG 0.24
FG% 51.7
FT% 73.2

Adam Morrison * (R)

PPG 28.1
RPG 5.5
APG 1.8
SPG 1.06
FG% 49.6
3FG% 42.8
FT% 77.2

Raymond Felton

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