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January 12, 2012

Byron Mullens will start for Bobcats tonight

Byron Mullens will make his first NBA start for the Charlotte Bobcats tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

Coach Paul Silas announced that at the morning shootaround. Mullins was acquired in a preseason trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mullins will replace Gana Diop at center.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on January 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

Comments

Nice!

Posted by: JPhanatic10 | Jan 12, 2012 12:51:31 PM

He should be replacing Diaw! That piece of garbage only plays when he wants to. At this point we might as well play Mullins and Bismack to get them experience. If we're going younger, then go younger!

Posted by: jrguyiii | Jan 12, 2012 1:02:57 PM

Diaw is the most versatile player on this thin roster of underachievers. Except Byron Mullens. I'm wondering when he's gonna come back down to earth. Hopefully he doesn't and continues to Diop it like it's hot.

Posted by: Buckley | Jan 12, 2012 1:12:51 PM

I like this! Mullins has been playing hard and Diop still looks out of shape.

Posted by: aaron | Jan 12, 2012 1:15:34 PM

Mullens has been a great pick up, glad to see this move. just hope it does not make him jumper happy

Posted by: 336nda704 | Jan 12, 2012 1:43:48 PM

Finally...a move that should stay permanent. Mullens has skills and is showing more willingness to bang inside (at least for rebounds). I'd love to trade Diaw, but I doubt we'd get any value at this point in the season. Biz is far too raw to start. He needs minutes in d-league, then here off the bench, but won't do that while Tyrus is off and on.

Posted by: Bassman | Jan 12, 2012 1:54:59 PM

Good news!

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 12, 2012 1:56:56 PM

I think Mullens could be the next Dirk and should be playing 4 not 5. At 35 min a game he would likley be a 25 and 10 guy - which is what the Bobcats need at the 4. Diaw is just not consistent. Some games he looks great and then others he is way off. I would start DJ, Kemba, Henderson, Mullens and Biyombo until Corey gets back then i would bring in Kemba off the bench. White, Thomas (if he can ever get healthy) and Diaw would come off the bench for me although White would be real close to starting.

Posted by: Dirt | Jan 12, 2012 1:58:04 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA THE NEXT DIRK???? WOW.

Posted by: Mike | Jan 12, 2012 2:14:19 PM

Starting Mullens will help Diaw. Having Diop in the lineup is like playing 4 on 5.

Posted by: Skip | Jan 12, 2012 2:15:19 PM

Anyone who says that Diaw has no value apparently doesnt understand the value of a 9 million dollar expiring contract.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Jan 12, 2012 2:31:11 PM

Dirt, I hope you are joking.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Jan 12, 2012 2:31:53 PM

Starting Mullen is the best move the Bobcats have made all season... and there haven't been many thus far.

Posted by: PantherDave | Jan 12, 2012 2:46:37 PM

The Dirk comparison is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. If he can learn to shave and improve his post d and rebounding we might have something.

Posted by: Mike | Jan 12, 2012 2:52:59 PM

Mullens is not Dirk by any means, but he is a solid player to have in the starting lineup. He will have games where he will do better than expected, but right now the Bobcats could use that. Looking at the stats, you can see the team lacks a go to guy, fouls too much, and they turn the ball over time and time again.

Posted by: Greg Ray | Jan 12, 2012 3:47:32 PM

Comparing to Mullens to Dirk at this point is as ludicrous as comparing Adam Morrison to Larry Bird, which some did when we drafted Morrison with the 3rd pick. HOWEVER (as Stephen A. would say), Mullens has already shown more promise than Morrison ever did, and I definitly think he deserves to be in the starting lineup on this offensively challenged team.

Posted by: Yo Yo | Jan 12, 2012 4:21:38 PM

Bout time.

Posted by: Kevin | Jan 12, 2012 4:30:04 PM

No reason Mullens can't start and play at the 5. When we play a bruiser like Dwight Howard we need Diop to come in and lean on him for a while, but Mullens is rebounding and defending adequately in the post and his offense is desperately needed. Starting five should be Augustine, Henderson, Thomas, White, and Mullens. Sure, Diaw has skills but he has consistently had no heart. We all know he is gone after this year and we all know we aren't going to the playoffs this year. Wasting minutes on Diaw is pointless. Bring him off the bench when Bis and Kemba are on the floor to give a little leadership and hope someone comes calling before the trade deadline.

Posted by: JeffC | Jan 12, 2012 4:39:33 PM

Whoever made the Dirk comparison is obviously kidding. Or on a ton of mind-altering drugs.

Posted by: Buckley | Jan 12, 2012 4:46:25 PM

stop with the adam morrison is a bust ish. that's why he's about to do to euro league the same thing deron williams did. that's why he's scored 30 points in a game as a rookie (look that list up, it's not long).

that dude WAS larry bird. i'm sorry but that dude was. larry brown RUINED that dude. he said he and matt carroll were the same player so he traded matt carroll. explain to me when you saw matt carroll dunk on dudes and when matt carroll was 6-8. and when you saw morrison come off screens like reggie miller and knock down spot up 3's. larry brown RUINED adam morrison.

mullens isn't dirk but he might be a poor mans dirk. ryan anderson/sabonis without passing/sam perkins but in shape/bargani with balls/kukoc with weight speaking english/rasheed wallace without the tech's.

that's mullens. not dirk. but he could be a LONG TIME starter in this league. if he keeps rebounding and playing aggressive like he has the last few games.


we are looking fine long term. keep the core. let maggette go. bring back boris on the cheap or let him go. or trade him for more draft picks. let diop's contract die and have a parade when it does. draft barnes. draft more people later. trade multiple draft picks for THE RIGHT GUY. resign augustin/henderson/mullens/brown/white long term while they can still be had cheap. let these guys learn how to win together. they aren't the wizards. they can actually win these games once they learn how to. they're winning a few on accident and almost winning a few more on accident. there's legit top end talent on this roster. they aren't d-leaguers. we finally have it right, now we just need to keep it right until it gets right.

right?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 12, 2012 5:05:17 PM

I have to agree with charlottean on that note because Mullens will be a valueable asset in the future. Dude is no Dirk but he will be a star with his skill set given time. I kinda see some Rick Smits Dutchman and he is not chop liver. The core of this team looks bright in the future. Which the group gels and reggie williams return with a consistent tyrus thomas. Yes Tyrus a hustle guy like that should stay I mean I like white too, but once he gets consistent games and time. His upside still is there. I have a funny feeling that they may use Augustin in trades because his value is growing more and more each game.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 12, 2012 6:32:32 PM

I know they are going to trade/not resign augustin sometime this year or next and i know they are going to look stupid for doing so.

Mullens is also looking mighty mighty dirkish for his first few starts. 22 Years old. Rik smits might be dissing the guy at this point. He'll only get better from here. Develop a handle, back to the basket game, better defensive insticts, better rebounding. Franchise kinda guy. If he was a rookie this year (like it really is) espn and everyone would be absolutely raving about the guy. They need to get that extension done ASAP.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 16, 2012 2:03:32 AM

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