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September 19, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats roster: Four likely camp additions

With less than two weeks until the Charlotte Bobcats open training camp at UNC Asheville, the team is firming up commitments for some extra players for camp.

                Look for Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), Paris Horne (St. John’s), Josh Owens (Stanford) and DaJuan Summers (Georgetown) to be added to the roster.  The Bobcats plan to bring 17 or more players to new coach Mike Dunlap’s first training camp.

                Horne and Owens were both on the Bobcats’ summer-league team in Las Vegas. Adrien and Summers both have NBA experience. Some background:

    --Adrien, a 6-7 forward, has spent part of the last two seasons in the NBA.  He played 23 games with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11 and eight games with Houston Rockets last season. He averaged less than nine minutes in both situations, but seems to be a good rebounder per minutes played: Double-digit boards per 36 minutes.

                --Horne, a 6-3 guard, played professionally in Germany last season.  He’s the only backcourt player of the four.

                --Owens, a 6-8 forward, averaged 11.6 points his senior season at Stanford. Over his four college seasons, he shot 57 percent from the field, but just 62 percent from the foul line.

                --Summers, a 6-8 forward, has played 81 total games over the past three seasons – the first two with the Detroit Pistons (who chose him in the second round) and last season with the New Orleans Hornets. He hasn’t shot well in the NBA (39 percent career), but he has some of the rugged qualities the Bobcats need in the frontcourt. 

Posted by Observer Sports on September 19, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


They should def win double digit games this year with those key additions.

Posted by: Dash | Sep 19, 2012 5:52:47 PM

This is cool, but I'm going to boycott this team is Cory Higgins is on the roster at the start of the season......

Posted by: TheRealJD | Sep 19, 2012 5:55:17 PM

No kidding....they HAVE to know that the fans do not want to see cory higgins. He needs to make someone else's roster this go round.

I like owens game...similar to d.j. white but probably a better rebounder, weaker shooter.

Walker/henderson/mkg/mullens/biyombo looks like the starting 5 and that's the way it should be. 82 Games and no augustin will make this season a lot longer but def winning 14 games.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 19, 2012 6:48:10 PM

I agree. I cannot by into this team if Higgins is on the roster. That is ridiculous. Is there another team in the NBA that would do something like that?

Posted by: Skip | Sep 19, 2012 7:20:17 PM

Why not bring Jordan Williams in for a look. Good rebounder that will take up space

Posted by: bob | Sep 19, 2012 7:28:34 PM

Charlottean you think Byron Mullens starts over Haywood ???

Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | Sep 19, 2012 10:26:30 PM

Whatever happened to Malcolm Thomas? I thought the Bobcats were looking hard into him about two months ago, but not a word since. He blew it up in the D-League and could be a good fit for our very suspect PF position.

Posted by: KYL | Sep 19, 2012 10:35:08 PM

I was just checking out the draftexpress reports on both Biyombo and Anthony Davis and they were eerily similar including that their worst case scenario were same Taj Gibson. The difference is obiously that Davis has had many more years of competitive basketball and is therefore more skilled.

But it's also interesting to note that Biyombo has longer wing span 7'7 to Davis' 7'4 and longer standing reach 9'4 to Davis' 9'0. Also Biyombo was bigger at 245 lb. to Davis' 220...while, Biyombo had body fat of 4% to Davis' 8%.

This shows that, while Davis has much more developed NBA ready game...Biyombo has naturally superior body frame and possibly stronger athleticism to bang inside.

And put that together with Biyombo's intensity and work ethic and character, Biyombo might turn into something special by the time he turns 22 years old (he is 20 now).

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 19, 2012 10:45:37 PM

also Biyoombo has the 5th longest wing span ever that Draftexpress has kept file of. That's including all those freakish long centers like Yao.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 19, 2012 10:51:18 PM

I will wait for the day when cory higgins is no longer with with this team. Do they even care about what the fans think? Rod higgins is nothing but a moocher. Shame on him!

Posted by: crymeariver | Sep 19, 2012 11:13:35 PM

Jordan Williams would be a good pick up for this team. Or maybe Josh Howard.

I could see CoreyHiggins on this team last year because they were basically a D league, but if he is on it this year, these guys still have no clue. Your telling me there is not a better guard some where? Same old Higgins and MJ.

Posted by: Jacko | Sep 20, 2012 5:03:25 AM

Paul Silla's son coaching and Higgin's son playing on the team...became a joke. They should let cory find his own job. If he is an NBA player, someone will pick him up. If no one picks him up, then, he doesn't belong in the NBA. If that's the case, let him earn money overseas. That's what a real father would do.

But, 15th player on the roster right now is not a big deal. So, let's not get hung up on that.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 20, 2012 7:42:18 AM

What happened to the player from Ohio State that did well at Summer League?

Posted by: Spencer | Sep 20, 2012 7:51:14 AM

Adding scrubs to camp will not produce wins. Bobcats need their core players to execute "consistently"...hit open jumpers and play hard-nosed defense. With an average roster I project maybe 20 W's this season.

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Sep 20, 2012 9:44:02 AM

Cory Higgins can play folks, Coach Dunlap wants this guy on the team; he had several other offers around the league but wanted to prove himself in Charlotte. Listen to Coach Dunlap, he wants high energy, superior work ethic and desire on a team that will press and run up and down the court; ya'll need to lay off Cory.

Posted by: Charles | Sep 20, 2012 9:50:37 AM

It's funny that with all the new additions to the team (Gordon, Sessions, Haywood, MKG, Taylor), new coaching staff, new colors, new uniforms, all most of you can come up with is comments about Cory Higgins. Shame on ya'll...and to crymeariver, you clearly are not a fan of the team.

Posted by: Charles | Sep 20, 2012 9:58:38 AM

Dude, I condider myself the biggest Bobcat fan in the world. The fact is there are a ton of guards in the D-League who are better than Higgins and the fact that he was on this roster last year was a complete joke.

Posted by: TheRealJD | Sep 20, 2012 10:21:10 AM

Cory Higgins has no place in the NBA or on this roster....

Posted by: Scott Silverstein | Sep 20, 2012 11:39:37 AM

These guys are all total garbage along with the rest of this pathetic team and ownership!

Posted by: Dash | Sep 20, 2012 12:09:00 PM

@Dash - So why did u comment on this story then? That makes sense...ignore the haters


Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Sep 20, 2012 1:06:19 PM

Cory Higgins is a decent, not bad, player.

Is he good enough for an NBA team (or, for one of the top Euroleague teams) ? Not really...
Are there many guards more talented than him - in Europe, or in the D-League ? Sure.

Still, leave that kid (and his dad) alone. If he gets the 15th spot on the roster it doesn't hurt anybody. This season the 'Cats are not a playoffs team anyway. Next season, it should be different (and then, Cory should look for a job elsewhere).

I'm more bothered that they did nothing about our thinness at PF, and they already missed some opportunities. There is still time to fix this.

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 20, 2012 5:03:16 PM

Cory Higgins can play folks, Coach Dunlap wants this guy on the team; he had several other offers around the league but wanted to prove himself in Charlotte. Listen to Coach Dunlap, he wants high energy, superior work ethic and desire on a team that will press and run up and down the court; ya'll need to lay off Cory.

Lol. Is this cory or a member of his family? You should look at his ranking because he would not be in this league wihout his dad(or should I say mj). And folks Cho can't have it both ways. He can't be credited for the good things that happen with the team and not get any blame for the bad things.

Posted by: crymeariver | Sep 20, 2012 11:11:44 PM

Even though this is just the 2nd year of rebuilding and we don't want to win more than 35 wins this year (we need another top 5 draft pick this year), I think we improved a lot compared to last year.

1. guards this year: Walker, sessions, Gordon, Henderson

last year: Walker, DJ, Henderson.

2. sf this year: MKG, Taylor, Williams

last year: Maggette, Williams

3. pf this year: White, Thomas,

last yer: White, Thomas

4. Center this year: Haywood, Biyombo, Mullens

last year: Biyombo, Mullens.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 12:16:06 AM

We added MKG, Taylor, Gordon, Haywood, while only losing only one player that played for any length of time, and that is DJ. And even he was out a long time with injury. So we added those players and another draft pick next year...while not losing anything worthwhile.

Usually during the offseason, we are used to throwing aways a pick or two while picking up washed up veteran.

We just finished 1 year of rebuilding. after 2 more years of rebuilding...Bobcats will have a lot of talented young players and a lot of cap room.

In the meantime, I am gonna enjoy young players develop. MKG is 18. Biyombo just turned 20. Mullens is 23. Taylor is 22. Kemba is 22. sessions is 26. Henderson is 24. Thomas is 26.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 12:25:12 AM

Corey Higgins can play? Where? I have not seen any reports of others offers. The way to prove yourself is not to play for your dads team. Dunlap wants him? What is the guy supposed to say? A legitimate team would not even put it's coach in a position like that.

Let me know when the a bobcats start acting like a real NBA team. I hope Higgins doesn't have any more kids. Absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by: Beans | Sep 21, 2012 6:37:59 AM

Jordan deserves credit for hiring the right people to do the job. That's what CEO or an owner is supposed to do.

And though I did not like Silas' son doing his father's job last year or picking up cory higgins...it seems the father and son Higgins are not trouble makers or overbearing type. So, let's see if cory higgins develop into a legit 15th player this year. If not, we could always let him go next year.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 11:30:16 AM

I am excited to see how Mullens (23), MKG (18), Taylor (22), Kemba (22), Biyombo (just turned 20)develop and mesh with other young players like sessions (26), thomas (26), henderson (24.

let the pre-season begin!!!

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 11:33:04 AM

Last season we had Diaw (for more than half the season), Tyrus Thomas, D.J. White and Eddy Najera at power forward. Now, we only have Tyrus. Some people like to say that Biyombo is a PF; that's true about his size only - not about his basketball skills. Will he develop PF skills ? I don't know, maybe, at this point this is wishful thinking only.

D.J. White is a RFA now, and they don't seem interested to re-sign him; they didn't make him a qualifying offer.

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 21, 2012 11:47:22 AM

i mean i am excited to see how those young players develop under the leadership and coaching of the coach Dunlap.

we have a high energy ..good character guys now.

I think the energy and intensity of team leaders MKG, Biyombo, Kemba will translate into high energy team as its identity. These guys will lose a lot of games this year...but it will fight back. It will be fun to cheer for them.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 11:49:17 AM

After vincent, Brown, Sillas...i am excited as hell about dunlap who is finally a legitimate coach.

Vincent was over his head.

Brown is a old nag who disrupted the player development and did not play young players after he begged to draft DJ and Ajinca. And how do you barely make the playoffs and get swept in the 1st round with Chandler, Diaw, Thomas, Wallace, Jackson, Felton, DJ, Nazr, Henderson, Dampier.etc. No wonder he got fired 20 times in 40 years in NBA while winning only once in that time.

Silas was just an old fart. He did not coach. He did not teach. He even let his son do his job. He belonged on the porch in a farm...not basketball court.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 11:56:15 AM

sandy...biyombo can play center and mullens can play pf. we need to pick up a pf for sure...but we could do that in the coming year. This is only the beginning of 2nd year in rebuilding. We can't patch up everything in 1 year. If that were the case.every team would be champions.

But, you're right. They need to pick up a legit pf for this year.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 12:04:28 PM

We should sign White too.

Posted by: championshipss | Sep 21, 2012 12:07:49 PM

Q: So why is Corey Higgins on this team?

A: Because MJ is a cheapskate.

Like the Panthers, until there's a change in ownership this team will always be a failure.

Posted by: George Hanson | Sep 21, 2012 9:59:43 PM

Funny how you former 3rd string elemetary school subs are better NBA talent evaluators than Rich Cho and Coach Dunlap. Go evaluate talent at the 3rd grade church league. You'd be kicked out of the gym there. I don't know if Corey Higgins is a good fit at #3 PG, but I'll go with Cho, Dunlap, and the rest of the coaching staffs evaluation over you blabbermouth bimbos, and believe me, lack of your support, won't cause them any games or any worries. Get a grip on reality. Go 'Cats.

Posted by: McClatch | Sep 22, 2012 1:48:00 PM

cory higgins is a legitimate fringe nba player. it's still infuriating that they have him here because they already gave him 1 year and he's clearly not any more than a fringe player so why not bring someone else in to possibly be more than that. especially at point guard where we are now officially looking for the pg of the future. scoop jardine isn't the answer but he's surely as good as higgins. let higgins get someone that isn't his dad to get him a contract.

dude that said dampier played for the bobcats can go ahead and stop commenting permanently.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 23, 2012 6:27:25 PM

@George Hanson Yea, because we sure are seeing the fruit of Hurney's work on the field this year.....

Posted by: TheRealJD | Sep 25, 2012 12:25:50 PM

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