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March 02, 2014

Bobcats signing D-League center Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract

The Charlotte Bobcats will fill their newly created roster opening by signing center Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract, two NBA sources confirmed Sunday.

            The Bobcats’ interest in Hamilton was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

            Hamilton is 7-foot and 260 pounds. He’s averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds this season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA’s Development League.

            The Bobcats created a roster spot when they waived veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon Sunday. The Bobcats have some need for another big man after Jeff Adrien was included in the trade to Milwaukee for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour.

            The Bobcats are still waiting on reserve center Brendan Haywood to recover from a foot stress-fracture. Haywood has yet to play a regular-season game this season.

            Hamilton played college ball at Iowa State and Louisiana State. He was a 2012 second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.

His draft rights were traded to the Miami Heat. Hamilton was in Miami’s training camp in 2013, but was cut before the regular season.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 2, 2014 at 02:24 PM | Permalink


Like his collegiate FG and FT percentages. Hope the injury suffered with Heat not significant.

Posted by: eduardo | Mar 2, 2014 3:57:25 PM

"The Bobcats’ interest in Hamilton was first reported by Yahoo Sports."

Why is this almost always the case? Do our local reporters have no relationship with Boocat Midget Management?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 2, 2014 7:48:49 PM

2,blogs 2 negative posts by Nastar. What surprise.

Posted by: Carl | Mar 2, 2014 9:50:00 PM

….Not to mention dumb ace posts.

NASTAR, it's like this: you're Cho, or similar, are you going to break it to the guys at Y! or rb.

Posted by: Downtown Sports | Mar 2, 2014 11:13:56 PM

can't see how this does anything for us except for getting a look at a younger, bigger, potential option for next year than jeff adrien.

but any minutes taken away from biyombo or zeller would be just disgraceful.

and you can't expect him to contribute meaningfully for a playoff series when he hasn't even debuted in the regular season yet. ben gordon would be more capable in a desperate moment.

tough stretch ahead even after the indiana game.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 3, 2014 10:42:48 AM

I'm a bit surprised by this move.

We're getting a center who has better offensive skills than defensive ability.
As is, Biz doesn't get many minutes.
I suppose we're getting Justin Hamilton to come off the bench and play (behind Big Al) - not just for bench warming purposes.

Sop, where does that leave Biyombo's minutes?!

What can Biz do for you? Quite a few things: 5.2 rpg and 1.2 bpg, in just 15 minute per game this season.
That's 12.2 rebounds/36 minutes and 2.8 blocks/36 min. He allows a very stingy 38.8 opponents' FG percentage at the rim.
He can also provide some scoring close to the basket (if he gets the right passes).

Biyombo helps this team's interior defense, and also, at 21 years old, still has room to improve his game overall. To do these things, he needs some playing time.

So no,I don't get this move.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 3, 2014 11:05:07 AM

Pretty clear they needed a 3rd Center to guard against injury. Might as well get someone into the system. Unlikely this affects Biyombo's minutes at all. No more than Adrien did the last month or so.

Posted by: Mike T | Mar 3, 2014 12:43:07 PM

Not sure about this move either seems funny if Haywood is coming back in the near future. I dont know.

Not sure ill watch game tonight for my families sake its hard to watch a heat game when their not playing Bobcats. It drives me nutts watching the entire heat team FLOPPING AROUND.
Zeller its fun to watch him getting it. Tolliver is getting on my nerves ok night shooting last night. Been waiting for Biz and jefferson to get in on the 3 pt shooting contest(smh! Sarcasm).

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 3, 2014 1:58:11 PM

again, it just doesn't make sense any way you cut it. if they wanted a 3rd big for the playoffs, you would HAVE to think a guy like lavoy allen with his playoff experience would be FAR more valuable now AND going forward than hamilton. and we could have had he and evan turner for ben gordon and a 2nd rounder. allen himself is worth a 2nd rounder.

so we pay gordon to go away and we sign a guy to 10 day contract. it's just baffling.

makes no sense for anyone to be down on biyombo......last I checked dude was top 5 in fg%, block% and top 10 rebound%.

the kid was drafted to be......a shotblocker/rebounder/finisher at the rim.....and he's doing just that. i do not understand how this is not obvious.

kinda reminds me of the guy that scored 21 points in the 4th quarter last night. you know....the guy that was such a bust.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 3, 2014 2:30:31 PM

We shall see, Mike. Normally, when you sign somebody on a 10 day contract, you play him, to see if he can contribute. If yes, you extend him, and then again, you let him play (since he showed he can contribute...).

If one of the two active centers (Al and Biz) is injured, you can call up a center, when and if that happens. Or, you play limited minutes of small ball (two PFS).

It looks like they wanted an additional scoring option from the bench.
IF indeed Hamilton gets Biyombo's minutes, that looks like trading better interior defense for better offense. I'm sceptical, since it's not another Big Al we're getting here. More important, this move - again, if Hamilton plays AND sticks - will put Biyombo's development on hold.

I think Biz should be a keeper for this team (as a rotation player, not a starter). If so, he needs to play and continue developing, not get rusty on the bench.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 3, 2014 2:33:01 PM

Biz sucks

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Mar 3, 2014 3:59:38 PM

"it's like this: you're Cho, or similar, are you going to break it to the guys at Y! or rb."

Is Cho still with the team? Can't remember last time he was quoted publicly on anything. Did I just miss it? For a guy who is "in charge" he sure is in-visible.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 5:13:54 PM

6-28 last 2 games?!?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 5:51:16 PM

You guys may be surprised at what he can and will bring . He's a stretch 5 and maybe a stretch 4 . He can shoot the three ball at 40% even if it's d league . He can be a willing screener who rolls and finish , passes quickly out of double teams to keep ball and man movement going . He can easily be a shot blocker bc he gets 2 a game in the d league and if he does more than look at incoming dribble drive guys , he does at least 5 things way better than Jefferson . He could possibly play beside him . The defense has no pick and roll big that defends . No help defender other than Biz who has a low bb iq and walks and fumbles balls as the 9 th man . If he passes to cutters , sets screens up top to free wings and bring bigs up w them to get clear lanes for wings , he will go along way to help the offense . Jefferson is pitiful . He clogs the lanes , has his hand out all the time , refuses to timely pass to cutters or hand off to cutters and kills ball movement . His help defense is putrid . All these claims were the same things we heard before he got here from Utah and his other stop . He gets 20 but at what cost ?

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 3, 2014 6:06:13 PM

Sandy. I would be very surprised if Hamilton takes any of Bismack's minutes. Hopefully just protection for injury or foul trouble. We will see soon enough.

NASTAR. Now it matters who is quoted? Cho's fingerprints are all over this rebuilding process. Especially not giving up a pick at the trade deadline. Someone is making better decisions over there. I don;t know if it is Cho, but I know who is is not.

Posted by: Mike T | Mar 3, 2014 6:10:04 PM

Watch tonight . They don't have the tools to stop Jefferson . They will thus build a wall on Kemba at the foul line and the rim . If he forces and doesn't facilitate , we lose on this alone . They will stop Henderson getting to the basket by doubling and lightly trapping him to make him a shooter as soon as he puts the ball on the floor . That's taking away two if the top three scorerers .

If the Cats are still in the game , they will front and double Jefferson hard in crunch time to make others beat them or get a bad shot out of him . They would rather make Jefferson shoot a contested shot alittle out of his spot low post and not pass bc he's terrible outside of the post . He's greedy and will take the bait instead of getting the ball forced up to the foul line and setting screens and passing or handing it off more than a few obligatory times a game . Think Duncan , Kg or Noah . The Cats will lose . Jefferson won't touch or look at Wade or James when ball screens are set and they get inside . He will get his 20 points and rebounds but won't provide a drop of help defense or get enough assists despite his 4 th highest usesage as to possessions in the nba . Now you know why Utah didnt want him back . Westbrook killed the Cats . I counted at least 6 times he got inside where Jefferson could have provided help defense . He never did once . But Mkg is always the one helping and getting into foul trouble . Lol.

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 3, 2014 6:24:09 PM

"I would be very surprised if Hamilton takes any of Bismack's minutes. Hopefully just protection for injury or foul trouble."

If Biz's already slim playing time drops further what will your reaction be?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 6:27:09 PM

Lets see since Henderson is hurt if Tolliver shoots 15 threes by himself.

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 3, 2014 7:19:57 PM

When the other team shoots a better % from the three-point line than the Boobs shoot from the charity stripe it makes for a long night!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 9:21:33 PM

This team is better when Kemba is attacking. He had 8 assists last night and they were worthless. They don't have the scorers for him to be a facilitator at this point. When teams double him and take him out of the game, the Bobcats have no chance. They need another scorer. Cody is the only player that has the potential on this roster. If not him, they need to make a move this summer.

Posted by: Jason | Mar 4, 2014 6:08:05 AM

The Cats have shooters . They had at times , Tolliver , Neal , McRoberts and Kemba around Jefferson . Jeffersons help defense on anyone ESP James was putrid . On pick and rolls , he never stepped up to defend only to stay back and watch . On drives , he watched too . The cats three ball shooters got run off the line or were closed out so hard on , they folded on the attempt . W this lineup , the rotations , close outs and help defense was terrible . This is what you asked for . The last two games w more shooters in the mix had both teams scoring over 115 points . Kemba is getting doubled on every touch . He picked up his assists but the three ball shooting and bad defense were problems way too serious to overcome .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 4, 2014 8:11:17 AM

good teams go right at him too. every single time MKG was being screened......it was the 5 man. lebron was shooting em deep but they were absolute practice shots. and that was after the layup line he had early.

he's the only guy you know that can score 38 points on 27 possessions, his team shoot over 50%, tie the possession battle, get more trips to the free throw line, and lose by nearly 20.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 4, 2014 12:53:40 PM

Is anyone here blaming Jefferson for yesterday's lost to Miami. The only reason we lost to Miami was because Lebron James was simply on fire and there was nobody to guard him other than MKG. This team has three solid wing defenders: MKG, Henderson and Taylor. Two of them were out yesterday. Is no coincidence that Lebron James averages 28PPG vs the Bobcats (in the Miami Era) and yesterday he scored 61. He was just on fire, 8-10 from 3PT, some shots almost from half court. Jefferson is the only reason why we did not loose by 40, like we did in OKC earlier this year.

Kemba also was a non-factor and its a fact that when Jefferson is on the bench with Kemba, no one in this team can score, no one. That's why they just signed another offensive minded Center, Biz may play good defense, but his offense is embarrasing, he still can't even catch the ball, cant shoot FT and cant score unless is a dunk (literally), and i like the kid, but he is a non-factor on offense, is 4 vs 5 when he is in. Jefferson is having a career year, on a team with the 5th best defense in the League. Don't forget that other than Zeller and Jefferson this is the same Team from last season: dead last in both offense and defense and the 2nd worst team in the league. Jefferson and Coach Clifford are the only reason why this team still has a chance of finishing .500 or better, and in the playoffs (even if we are swept in the 1st round).

Contrary to our last Playoff Year, this year our core rotational players are all younger than 26 (except from Jeferson), they are mostly in rookie contracts, the team has plenty of picks going forward, and almost $15M in Cap over the summer. That is a HUGE different from the last playoff apperance. Jefferson is not in this teams future, he was signed to teach Zeller and Biz how to score, Zeller is getting it, Biz is looking as a 3rd string defensive big (nothing else). Jefferson also gives some credibility to this franchise and helped change the culture of the team. He only has 2 more years and he is earning every penny on his contract.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 4, 2014 4:24:32 PM

Good comment, RobC.

A few reservations, though. Big Al signed with our team for three years, when he was 28 years old. I think he'll be productive after these three years as well. I have no idea whether he will be re-signed or not - but, it's at least possible that this will happen (though, at 31 years old, it should be at a different salary rate).

About Biz, I think it's good to have a defensive specialist in the rotation (with all his offensive limitations).
To get something from him when his defensive help is needed, you need to allow him to play, at least 15-16 minutes per game on average. If you don't, he'll get too rusty on the bench to be any good when they'll think his shot blocking/rebounding/defense in the paint would be useful.

I'm glad to see Cody's good playing in the last few games. It's only the beginning of a long pro career, he has plenty of room to continue developing.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 4, 2014 5:24:16 PM

Good analysis RobC.

As for LeBron, don't think Hendo or Taylor would have made one iota of difference.

Positive takeaway from game, despite an insane performance by The King the Boobs kept it within 15 rather than the 40 RobC mentioned. Negative takeaway is Heat starters hardly played...9 players played over 17 minutes and they went 13 deep.

Shorty's line the last 3 games -- 9/36 field, 1/7 threes, 5/6 line, 16 assts, 23 pts. Is this a preview of what he's gonna deliver if the team makes the playoffs?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 4, 2014 10:20:06 PM

This is one of Kemba's slumps.
He'll be back with a vengeance... Hopefully, starting tonight.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 5, 2014 8:27:05 AM

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