October 23, 2008
Andre Brown seems safe; is everyone else?
Waiving Justin Williams this morning trims the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster to the NBA-maximum 15 players. Seemingly that means Andre Brown makes the squad with an unguaranteed contract.
Keeping Brown seemed a no-brainer; he was arguably the team’s second-best big man this preseason, behind Emeka Okafor. It wouldn’t shock me if coach Larry Brown starts Andre Brown at power forward in the season-opener, because of Sean May’s conditioning issues.
The next question is what shows up on the waiver list, as other teams make their final trims. Larry Brown still wants a veteran third point guard, and I’m not sure Shannon Brown fits that job description.
If someone like Kevin Ollie (in Minnesota’s camp) becomes available, he’d upgrade the position. Ollie thrived under Brown in Philadelphia.
The question becomes whether the Bobcats would cut someone with a guarantee (Shannon Brown? Jermareo Davidson? Ryan Hollins?), who is not currently in the rotation, in order to fill another area of need.
Posted by Observer Sports on October 23, 2008 at 12:51 PM | Permalink
Great Questions, Rick!
It looks like Shannon Brown would be able to find work elsewhere, but he hasn't shown enough to have any trade value. I can see where Jermareo could make the team's opening roster with May + Brown ahead of him.
Hollins doesn't seem to make sense on the squad with Okafor / Mohammed / Ajinca at the center position. While Alexis might stay in the D League for a stretch (or serve as practice squad), he's a duplicate of Ryan Hollins and the team's new developmental project. As well, Hollins has had a couple of seasons now to become a productive player and hasn't really found any success.
Posted by: Baseline | Oct 23, 2008 1:14:41 PM
Rick, What happened to Justin Williams' game?
Most of us only saw his brief, impressive outburst of blocks, rebounds, and a dunk against Atlanta on TV. But, according to the boxscores, he never again duplicated that promising play.....
Posted by: DeLaQuest | Oct 23, 2008 1:26:11 PM
When is the last day to make roster cuts? When can the team, realistically, start looking at the waiver wire?
Posted by: Will Parker | Oct 23, 2008 2:07:14 PM
I am glad Brown is going to make the roster. He seems to have a good work ethic and a firm understanding of how privileged he is to be in the NBA. I wouldn't be opposed to Hollins or Davidson being cut. I am disappointed in their lack of development. Davidson is more skilled than Hollins, but he isn't stepping up.
Posted by: Token | Oct 23, 2008 2:32:11 PM
Addressing your questions:
1. It's my understanding they had to make a roster cut today, to allow 48 hours for that player to clear waivers. So we should see today and tomorrow which players other teams cut.
2. Justin Williams would have had to be CLEARLY better than a player with a guaranteed contract to justify keeping him. And he wasn't.
Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 23, 2008 3:23:46 PM
thank you for your response! Keep the info coming.
Posted by: Will Parker | Oct 23, 2008 4:00:21 PM
Smush Parker and Ruben Patterson were both cut today and both have had success at need positions for us.
Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 23, 2008 4:53:48 PM
Thanks for the updates Rick! Keep em rolling!
I'm glad Brown made the roster. It can never hurt to have a guy with that type of hunger and ruggedness playing. Especially when he just happens to play at our worse position depth-wise.
I agree with you Token, I'm not opposed to either being cut, nor S. Brown. Twiggy and Supermareo haven't done much in camp or preseason to justify holding on to if a better player is available. I haven't seen much from Shannon Brown either, he's made a few defensive stops in the preseason, but nothing spectacular from what I could tell.
Posted by: Daniel | Oct 23, 2008 4:58:24 PM
Both have also had trouble off of the court, and our team respectably avoids that.
Posted by: Yeah? | Oct 23, 2008 5:01:34 PM
Take a look at this link from ESPN.com - John Hollinger projects the Bobcats to take the 8th spot in the East and to finish the season 40-42.
Rick, what are your comments about that?
"In My Opinion", I would love to beleive that, but it seems too good to be true. But, I have to admit that if the scenario he writing occurs, this could be possible.
Posted by: RobC | Oct 23, 2008 5:09:35 PM
Thank God we kept Andre Brown, I saw several preseason games and he outplayed any other big in the roster (except Okafor). Plus he is athletic enough, he follows instructions and he knows his role in the team.
An interesting fact from Andre Brown is that if you add all the games (NBA) were he played 20+ minutes (30+ games) he averaged a double double (11pts-10rbds). If he can play 25+ minutes in Charlotte and provide 10/12pts and 8/10rbds per game, he would be a steal and deserves to be the starting PF.
I would definetly love to see him start over May. May is WAY behind and he looks lost in the court.
Opening Roster should be:
From the bench:
Posted by: RobC | Oct 23, 2008 5:19:33 PM
YahooSports is reporting Wallace is on the block? What teams are interested bonnell?
Posted by: Dougie | Oct 23, 2008 5:44:42 PM
As with so many players, being available in trade might be more about the contract than the player. Gerald makes $9.5 million each of the next four seasons. Agent Rob Pelinka did his job well.
Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 23, 2008 6:24:27 PM
Charlotte should pick up Steven Hill, who played well at Arkansas and for the Blazers during summer league. He's a real seven-footer and is a great defender, albeit a little stiff on the offensive end. But what a rebounder and shot blocker. No room for him on the Blazers unfortunately.
Posted by: Scott | Oct 23, 2008 7:42:15 PM
I'd take the Blazers' best concession stand worker to be our PF. Those guys have lucked into so many young ballers, it's unbelievable. Of course, their backcourt for the next 7 years is compliments of us.
Posted by: DeLaQuest | Oct 23, 2008 7:58:46 PM
LARRY AYUSO! We need shooters. Long range shooter who can open up the floor!
Posted by: Tony Toca | Oct 24, 2008 11:50:05 AM
Larry Ayuso, are you crazy??? Yes, he is a pretty good shooter in PR and maybe in Europe, But he doesn't have what it takes to be in the NBA. He is too small for a SG, inconsistent, has no defense abilities at all and he has no PG abilities. He' will never be a Larry Brown kind of guy. He is pretty decent at international level, but the NBA is not his league.
Ohh, and by the way...just in case, I'm from PR and i know exactly who is Larry Ayuso. If Carlos Arroyo strugled in the NBA, and he is a true PG & playmaker, Ayuso will have no chance in the NBA. That's why he has been invited to camps for the last 4 years and he has never even made to the preseason games.
Posted by: RobC | Oct 24, 2008 2:00:32 PM
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