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December 10, 2013
Source confirms Charlotte Bobcats in process of signing D-Leaguer Chris Douglas-Roberts
The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of signing Chris Douglas-Roberts, a 6-7 swingman currently playing in the NBA’s development league, an informed source confirmed Tuesday night.
The Bobcats’ interest in Douglas-Roberts was first reported by espn.com
Douglas-Roberts is averaging 18.7 points this season for the Texas Legends, a D-League team run by the Dallas Mavericks. He has 161 games of NBA experience since the 2008-09 season, playing stints with the Nets, Bucks and Mavericks.
In his NBA career, Douglas-Roberts averages 7.5 points, shooting 44 percent form the field and 28 percent from 3-point range.
The Bobcats are depleted by injury at the small forward position. They lost starter Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a broken hand last week that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. The other primary option at the position, Jeff Taylor, has an inflamed left heel. Taylor missed Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors and is questionable for Wednesday’s home game against the Orlando Magic.
Since the Bobcats are at the NBA maximum 15 players, they would have to waive a player to add Douglas-Roberts. The logical candidate might be undrafted rookie James Southerland out of Syracuse. He’s playing on an unguaranteed contract and played the fewest minutes on the team (three) this season
Posted by Observer Sports on December 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM | Permalink
Yay, another wing who can't shoot....
Posted by: TheRealJD | Dec 10, 2013 11:52:56 PM
JD, funny thing is this kid will be the best shooter we have!! 83% from the line!!
Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 11, 2013 1:47:25 AM
That is nice for CDR. Going from the D League to the 5th seed in the East!
Posted by: Jamie | Dec 11, 2013 7:08:02 AM
CDR is a better all-around player than Southerland: better scorer, better at creating his own shot, better defender, plus having years of pro experience. Southerland is a talented shooter, but not much else.
I saw both of them when they were playing in college, and CDR made a much stronger impression.
In the D-league he averaged last season 39% for 3 point shooting, and this season 50% (in 7 games) for the same. In his last year in college he went 41% for 3 points.
So, he can shoot, when he plays enough minutes to get in a rhythm.
The issue is that in the NBA he didn't get the minutes he was getting in college and in the D-League, and that's where that 28% comes from. Even in the NBA, he improved his long range shooting from year to year, from 25% (as a rookie) to 33% (third season).
Jeff Taylor probably shouldn't be out much longer, and that won't leave much PT available for Douglas-Roberts. Still, he's a good addition to the team, as insurance against future injuries.
Posted by: Sandy | Dec 11, 2013 9:58:46 AM
CDR is way better than southerland and slightly better than tolliver.
dude has deserved a 2nd chance in the league for a while. he's no doubt an nba rotation caliber player.
Posted by: charlottean | Dec 11, 2013 10:23:38 AM
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