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June 11, 2009

Dumb jocks need not apply

To those who see the NBA as glorified street ball -- all improvisation and chaos -- consider this:

Bobcats assistant coach Dave Hanners has a summer project, cataloguing every play the team ran last season. That resulted in a 420-page playbook for next season.

Larry Brown is known for running a spectrum of plays with all sorts of variations. In reviewing the video from last season, Hanners found 80-plus "ATOs.'' That's the abbreviation for "after timeouts,'' as in something Brown drew up in a huddle.

This is why Mike Gminski said before last season that dumb players have little or no chance of succeeding with Brown -- there's just too much data to absorb to get away with lacking concentration.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM | Permalink


Does the NBA have an aptitude test like the NFL's Wonderlic? If so, do the Bobcats use it to assess players?

The Cats should have a much better start to the season this year because they understand what Brown expects.

Posted by: Token | Jun 11, 2009 12:07:43 PM

I certainly agree they should be better off, and not just because they were all new to Brown. It's also because the roster changed so much between training camp and the trade deadline.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jun 11, 2009 1:01:44 PM

Another reason we need to draft Henderson

Posted by: DNYCE | Jun 11, 2009 1:22:33 PM

I guess Terence Williams, Tyreke Evans, and Demar DeRozan are off the draft baord then?

Posted by: Teej | Jun 11, 2009 1:49:28 PM

It would be great if we can draft Henderson... His game is suited for the NBA already... He has the potential of being a special player... He's improved each year at Duke and he's going to get better... I've read that his jump shot is suspect, but so was Kobe's when he first entered... Not saying that Henderson will be Kobe but he definitely has all the tools to be a great player... If he continues to improve on his jumper, to go along with his ability to get to the rim, then the sky is the limit under Larry Brown's coaching... He'd be an All-Star in 3-4 years...

Posted by: Tyrone | Jun 11, 2009 2:09:08 PM

Rick, do you think that Henderson will be available at 12, and if so will the Bobcats take him? I think he can be a good player to go in and give us productive minutes to spell Bell. I see him maybe starting in year 2-3. Depends how quickly he'd pick up on what coach Brown wants from him.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jun 11, 2009 2:13:24 PM

A big ol no to henderson. He's one shining star is athleticism, but Stephen Curry beat him on standing jump and bench press. Ouch.

(So did wayne ellington, BTW...)

I'd rather take a slight risk on an Earl Clark type that is proved they're good enough to play ball, but also have the jaw dropping athleticism. unlike Frenchie that has the numbers but can't yet ball.

Posted by: A Fan | Jun 11, 2009 2:15:55 PM

I think Henderson would be a good use of the 12th pick. He's smart, he's a good athlete, and Brown is right that players can improve their shooting (Raja Bell being an obvious example). Having said that, we don't know whether Henderson will still be there and who ELSE might be there. This draft is going to be quite fluid -- teams trading in and out of the top 10.
There's not going to be a ton of difference in absolute ability between the 5th pick and the 15th, so it's going to be an "eye of the beholder'' draft.
I don't necessarily agree that Henderson has the potential to be a "special'' player on the NBA level. That's not a knock on him. It's an acknowledgement of how hard it is to be special, among hundreds of the best, most-skilled athletes in the world. I think the best thing about Henderson is his floor, not his ceiling; the guy is smart and has been well-coached and he'll figure out a way to contribute.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jun 11, 2009 2:29:17 PM

What matters is what Gerald does on the court...his defense and ability to get to the rim are what we need. Not to take anything from Curry i think he will be very good but somewhat one dimensional. Ellington is the picture of one dimensional, but maybe he can become a weight lifter when his career is over in a couple years.

Posted by: DNYCE | Jun 11, 2009 2:30:01 PM


Gerald Henderson got his hand 5-7 inches higher than Curry on those jump tests. Henderson's "length" helps equate to athleticism.

And I believe the bench press can penalize players with longer arms.

But I agree about taking Earl Clark over Henderson.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 11, 2009 2:53:59 PM

Kevin Durant could hardly bench the bar at the combine. A Fan wouldn't want him, either.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 11, 2009 3:40:27 PM

yeah, let's compare henderson to Durant...

I don't hold all that much stock in the combine numbers, but if you're drafting a guy based on his athletic ability alone, you want to make sure you're actually getting an athlete.

Posted by: A Fan | Jun 11, 2009 4:00:40 PM

A Fan kind of has a point. If Henderson could shoot it like Durant nobody would be talking about his bench press.

That being said, we could do worse than Henderson at number 12.

Posted by: Bobby | Jun 11, 2009 4:46:07 PM

There have been players that come in the league whom made themselves better shooters. One thing everyone has to realize is this draft's a crap shoot. There's no sure thing. There's no Tim Duncan, Shaq, Lebron James. I didn't mentioned Kobe because coming out the same was said about him. Athletic, not a shooter, questionable decision making. I'm not saying that Henderson or anybody in the draft is Kobe or James; I'm saying that who knows until Henderson gets 2-3 years under his belt and if he can take his game to the next level. He has the potential. He runs the floor, can not only create for himself but for others, plays defense and is coachable. As far as Ellington, the thing besides struggling defending the 2 position at the NBA level; he can't create for himself which in turn meaning he can't create for others. I think he's going to be a good spot up shooter coming off the bench and stretching the opposition defense but he's going to have to have a point that can set him up and a good post player who can pass out of the double team for him to has success.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jun 11, 2009 5:17:07 PM

The cats would be making a huge mistake with Henderson. He has a terrible stroke and he was hurt every year but this one. Please take someone who can give some help down low or trade the pick.

Posted by: Greg | Jun 11, 2009 5:18:43 PM

Henderson can drive right, that's about it offensively. I think he is a much better athlete than his combine numbers suggest but I think we can get better value at 12. We either need to trade the pick for a solid vet or trade down and dump Nazr's contract in the process.

Posted by: SCB | Jun 11, 2009 6:25:33 PM

Hendo is not going to be an NBA All-Star in 3-4 years on any team. He can play defense but he can't shoot and b/c of that will struggle getting to the rim...and if we take him at #12 the front office needs to take the Wonderlic Test.

His stock is falling as we near the draft anyway according to cbssports.

Posted by: H C | Jun 11, 2009 7:55:08 PM

We wouldn't be drafting him on "athleticism alone." We'd be drafting him because he's an NBA-ready defender, a good rebounder at his size, and he has a good slashing/iso game, which is how most NBA wings get their points.

Good points on Ellington, Tyrone. We know we don't have a point at the moment who can set his teammates up.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 11, 2009 9:13:24 PM

Wayne Ellington can create shots from himself. If you watched UNC play this year you would know that.

Posted by: Wrong | Jun 12, 2009 1:49:41 AM

I have to disagree with you Wrong. I've watched UNC play this year. Regardless if you're a UNC fan or not, you've got to acknowledge the fact that Ellington can't create for himself like Henderson can. Ellington can't even guard the 2 at the college level consistantly; let alone the NBA level. I don't recall Ellington making the All ACC Defense Team. I'll give credit when it's due, but Henderson is more NBA ready due to the fact he has a good one on one iso game, which is part of the NBA and he can play man to man defense. He also plays bigger than his size.

Posted by: Tyrone | Jun 12, 2009 6:46:09 AM

On many draft boards they have the bobcats taking Henderson, Blair, or Clark. I think the bobcats should take Terrance Willams from L'ville. He is a Larry Brown type of player, he's versitale, can create for others, plays great defense, and improved his shooting over his college career. I think he should be the guy or maybe a great score Chase Buildinger from Arizona. I'm not knock Henderson, but he see that duke players seem to reach their peak while playing for coach K.

Posted by: JJ not Reddick | Jun 12, 2009 9:08:19 AM

I don't think anyone is realistically suggesting Ellington over Henderson at this point.

I'm just suggesting that there are other options out there better than Henderson at 12. I'd rather take Blair, Earl Clark, Any of the projected top 10 if they slip, Sam Young, maybe even Budinger (sp?).

And, while there's no way the bobcats could afford to draft another tar heel, TH would be a really good fit behind Boris.

Posted by: A Fan | Jun 12, 2009 9:14:26 AM

i think we should the freaking pick for a solid vetern and dump sean may contract, has anybody even consider that??

Posted by: teemac | Jun 12, 2009 10:02:18 AM

Yeah, JJ...Duke players reach their peak in college. That's why nine of them were starting in the NBA this past season, including several for playoff teams.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 12, 2009 12:02:00 PM

There is no Sean May contract to dump. He's a free agent as of July 1.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jun 12, 2009 2:23:05 PM

...IF they don't qualify him.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 12, 2009 4:16:39 PM

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