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September 23, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats will bring ex 1st-rounder Patrick O'Bryant to training camp

    Three years removed from his last appearance in an NBA game, former first-round pick Patrick O’Bryant will get a training-camp look with the Charlotte Bobcats.

            Rod Higgins, Bobcats president of basketball operations, confirmed Monday that O'Bryant, a 7-footer out of Bradley, has been invited to camp at UNC Asheville next week. O'Bryant, 27, was originally drafted ninth overall in 2006 by the Golden State Warriors. Higgins was in the Warriors’ front office at that time.

            O'Bryant did little his first two seasons with Golden State, and the Warriors chose not to pick up the third-season option on his rookie scale contract. He later played with the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. His best NBA season was 2008-09, when he averaged 4.7 points and 2.5 rebounds with Toronto.

            O'Bryant later played internationally (Greece and Latin America) and in the NBA’s development league.

            The Bobcats have 13 guaranteed contracts going into camp, with the NBA maximum roster limit at 15. New coach Steve Clifford has said rebounding and 3-point shooting are his areas of concern going into camp. Whether O'Bryant could address the rebounding concern is an open question.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 23, 2013 at 03:16 PM | Permalink

Comments

the sooner rod higgins gets replaced the better.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 23, 2013 3:41:18 PM

Will Jeff Adrien return? He has to be a better/cheaper version of this guy.

Posted by: Timeit | Sep 23, 2013 4:16:43 PM

Any 7 footer is better than Diop at 8M

Posted by: mr. west blvd | Sep 23, 2013 4:17:03 PM

the least shocking line of the article... "O'Bryant, 27, was originally drafted ninth overall in 2006 by the Golden State Warriors. Higgins was in the Warriors’ front office at that time."

Posted by: fats | Sep 23, 2013 4:20:08 PM

Is there any way they can bring in a new GM to training camp? Higgins has yet to prove he is capable of being a guy who can assemble a half way decent team.

Posted by: Smitty | Sep 23, 2013 4:37:20 PM

Why has he performed so poorly after being drafted 9th overall? Anybody know what the deal is on O'Bryant?

Posted by: Airbrush2020 | Sep 23, 2013 4:41:08 PM

At this rate, is Adrian Dantley available too?

Posted by: Derek | Sep 23, 2013 4:48:15 PM

I looked that draft up, and in Higgins' defense, that draft was TERRIBLE.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Sep 23, 2013 5:14:38 PM

GO PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANTHERSSS!!!!!

Posted by: The Three Degrees | Sep 23, 2013 6:22:34 PM

Rich Cho is the GM now! #nuffsaid

Posted by: Chan | Sep 23, 2013 7:54:17 PM

In that drafts defense. Higgins is terrible.

Posted by: Bingo | Sep 23, 2013 9:24:51 PM

true on it being a HORRIBLE draft.

that said......boobie gibson, ryan hollins, paul milsap, and leon powe were all middle 2nd round picks.

the only 1st round center taken after o'bryant still in the league is joel freeland and he gets an * because he was a rookie LAST YEAR at age 25.

really mind blowing to think that rajon rondo went 21st in that draft. even if you remove injuries to roy and morrison, he's still probably the best player in that draft. definitely between him, roy, aldridge and what morrison could have been. how that kind of guy goes 21st in that weak of a draft class is mind blowing.

sacramento took quincy douby 21st.


but eff any sympathy for rod higgins.....this is just ANOTHER example of his inability to do anything right. his only talent is being friends with michael jordan. great skill. he mastered it. that and being a mediocre 6 foot 7 basketball player. zero other abilities.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 23, 2013 9:27:04 PM

Chan, hate to tell you but Cho is 5th on the depth chart.

Same place as Biz will be if O'Bryant makes the team.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Sep 24, 2013 12:00:19 AM

Cho made the Zeller pick. He obviously has power in that organization. Thankfully!

Posted by: Bingo | Sep 24, 2013 11:37:07 AM

Cho doesn't do anything without the explicit approval of Air Min, Higgins, Whitfield, and Polk.

If you think otherwise you're kidding yourself...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Sep 24, 2013 12:15:31 PM

Why are some of you getting so upset over a Non-story? Chill out....

Posted by: TheRealJD | Sep 24, 2013 12:30:12 PM

Why was Patrick O'Bryant drafted so high in 2006?

Because, like so many others, he was drafted for potential, and at THAT TIME, his potential looked very high. At least he was picked 9th, not 1st overall, like Michael Olowakandi or Kwame Brown...

"O'Bryant is a player we watched a few weeks ago in person for the first time and came away EXTREMELY IMPRESSED from."
"THERE ISN'T ANYTHING in terms of raw skills that you don’t see out of this 19 year old center."
"All in all, O’Bryant showed off his TERRIFIC potential once again."

These are all quotes from Draft Express - an excellent site for talent evaluation - from 2006. Of course, they also mentioned that, at 19 years old, O'Bryant was still raw and needed work on polishing his skills.

What happened next was that, in the NBA, he got to play in just 90 games total in four seasons, for very scarce minutes.
Is this because he didn't earn more playing time, or because he was kept at the end of the bench, and coaches were not very interested in developing him?
It's impossible to tell now; both kinds of situation happen a lot in the NBA.

When he got half a chance ('08-'09, with the Raptors), where he played 11 mpg in just 13 games, he had 16.5 ppg and 8.6 rpg per 40 minutes played. Not too shabby for a seldom used 21 years old.

- - -

Here is the flip side of this story. Last season when he got a chance to play for an Euroleague team (Lietuvos), he disappointed and was released. Before that, he played in the D-League for Reno and for a Greek team, and he did just OK, he didn't shine at that level of playing.

- - -

Briefly: this is a player with great potential, who for whatever reason didn't get many real chances in the NBA, but then, didn't develop into a dominant force in Europe or even in the D-League either.

And my question is: how many more centers a team that already has Al Jefferson, Bismack Biyombo (who needs to play and develop) and Brendan Haywood needs?!

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 24, 2013 5:05:47 PM

Why was Patrick O'Bryant drafted so high in 2006?

Because, like so many others, he was drafted for potential, and at THAT TIME, his potential looked very high. At least he was picked 9th, not 1st overall, like Michael Olowakandi or Kwame Brown...

"O'Bryant is a player we watched a few weeks ago in person for the first time and came away EXTREMELY IMPRESSED from."
"THERE ISN'T ANYTHING in terms of raw skills that you don’t see out of this 19 year old center."
"All in all, O’Bryant showed off his TERRIFIC potential once again."

These are all quotes from Draft Express - an excellent site for talent evaluation - from 2006. Of course, they also mentioned that, at 19 years old, O'Bryant was still raw and needed work on polishing his skills.

What happened next was that, in the NBA, he got to play in just 90 games total in four seasons, for very scarce minutes.
Is this because he didn't earn more playing time, or because he was kept at the end of the bench, and coaches were not very interested in developing him?
It's impossible to tell now; both kinds of situation happen a lot in the NBA.

When he got half a chance ('08-'09, with the Raptors), where he played 11 mpg in just 13 games, he had 16.5 ppg and 8.6 rpg per 40 minutes played. Not too shabby for a seldom used 21 years old.

- - -

Here is the flip side of this story. Last season when he got a chance to play for an Euroleague team (Lietuvos), he disappointed and was released. Before that, he played in the D-League for Reno and for a Greek team, and he did just OK, he didn't shine at that level of playing.

- - -

Briefly: this is a player with great potential, who for whatever reason didn't get many real chances in the NBA, but then, didn't develop into a dominant force in Europe or even in the D-League either.

And my question is: how many more centers a team that already has Al Jefferson, Bismack Biyombo (who needs to play and develop) and Brendan Haywood needs?!

Posted by: Sandy | Sep 24, 2013 5:07:08 PM

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