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March 19, 2014

Source: Charlotte Bobcats to sign forward DJ White

The Charlotte Bobcats will bring back a familiar face when they sign power forward DJ White later this week.

            A source familiar with the situation told the Observer Wednesday that the Bobcats plan to sign White, a 6-foot-8 forward, as soon as FIBA clears him. The deal will be a 10-day contract.

White has been playing this winter in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales, and his obligation to that team is over.

            White played for the Bobcats in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons following a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 82 games with the Bobcats he averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.

            The Bobcats have an open roster spot after center Justin Hamilton’s 10-day contract expired and he chose to sign a rest-of-season contract with the Miami Heat. The Bobcats spent the past week looking through big-man options.

            Coach Steve Clifford has said he wants a third center in that 15th spot, but acknowledged it’s very difficult this time of year to find an available center of NBA quality. White is a front-court player, but not really a center.

            The Bobcats have Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo at the center spot. Clifford has said he’s not counting on Brendan Haywood, out since training camp with a stress fracture in his left foot, to return this season.

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Comments

Al Jefferson has to keep playing major minutes because Bismack still hasn't even learned to catch the ball yet, let alone put it in the cylinder. So now the staff has to resort to these 10 day contracts for front court help.......White is not terrible, I'm sure he can bring a little toughness inside.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 19, 2014 2:46:13 PM

Always liked DJ's hustle, which is needed around the boards more than ever.

Posted by: eduardo | Mar 19, 2014 2:55:02 PM

We didn't draft Biz for shots or his ability to score. In fact everyone knew all along he would be very limited in that respect. He was drafted to do just what he is doing, blocks, boards, and defensive intensity. He is still a very young man and is coming along nicely. Patience!

As far as White...You can never have enough bench in the playoffs. I hope he is in game shape!

Go Cats!

Posted by: Go Cats! | Mar 19, 2014 2:57:01 PM

@Smitty

That is nowhere near why they are looking at 10-day contract centers. Most teams keep 3 Centers on the roster and since our 3rd center is not coming back this season it makes sense to sign a cheap one. The goal is for this person to not play.

Posted by: spaceman mike | Mar 19, 2014 3:08:45 PM

white is solid. i like the signing.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 3:21:14 PM

"He is still a very young man and is coming along nicely."

#7 pick in his 3rd year who since coach said "no more free lunch" is averaging 9 minutes a game -- that's coming along nicely?!?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 3:45:40 PM

Dj white is coming to defend the big sfs and pfs that abuse the Cats .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 19, 2014 3:49:00 PM

"Dj white is coming to defend the big sfs and pfs that abuse the Cats ."

But K-CSS-KG and B-BF-B are both "elite" defenders...

...why do we need another defender to guard SF's and PF's?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 4:12:59 PM

GoCats,
It's not a secret that he is limited. And we all knew this would never be a 20 and 10 guy. But by you're 3rd NBA season, we can expect you to catch the ball when gets passed to you. He's not getting valuable minutes for a reason. 3 points and 4 rebouds a game and one of the worst FT shooters in the NBA.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 19, 2014 4:13:56 PM

Ironman: 1. I assure you DJ White won't be defending ANY SFs
2. Stop feeding the troll...

Posted by: TheRealJD | Mar 19, 2014 4:35:25 PM

dj white is not much of a defender. he IS however, a very nice mid range shooter and decent rebounder. he's a smart basketball player. would be a good pickup as a 5th big assuming there are no true centers worth a damn.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 4:58:03 PM

"But by you're 3rd NBA season, we can expect you to catch the ball when gets passed to you. He's not getting valuable minutes for a reason. 3 points and 4 rebouds a game and one of the worst FT shooters in the NBA."

All good points Smitty. These are not the characteristics of a successful #7 pick.

"he IS however, a very nice mid range shooter and decent rebounder. he's a smart basketball player. would be a good pickup as a 5th big assuming there are no true centers worth a damn."

Takes Biz to #11 in the rotation?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 5:08:27 PM

Uuh, wait, to #12? See he was already 11th in the Atlanta game...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 5:09:26 PM

yet he's somehow top 10 in fg%, block%, and rebound%.

horrible, right?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 5:12:33 PM

LOL... If one plays fewer than 10 minutes a game does it even matter? Coach said minutes are doled on strictly based on production -- clearly you are missing something.

Question, with the addition of DJ White, do Biz's minutes increase? Or decrease?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 5:18:20 PM

wouldn't the argument be that with more minutes, his stats would look incredible? it's not like they are anomalies....the guy put up similar %'s the first 2 years.

white shouldn't have too much to do with anything. I think it's a practice look at have a guy in case somebody goes down. and after trying out a bunch of different guys, it's somebody cho is already comfortable with. somebody who kemba, biz, gerald, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand nobody else played with when he was here.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 19, 2014 5:39:12 PM

I had completely forgotten Haywood was still on our team. And I thought we were going to hold on to DJ White longer than we did. He should provide good depth for the bigs in the playoffs.

BTW, where are all the people that swore signing Big Al was a stupid move?

Posted by: J | Mar 19, 2014 5:57:46 PM

Uuuh, no. You can't straight line it like that. Biz is usually playing against subs on the other teams and is is fully rested 100% of the time. You know better... According to Basketball Reference (36 mins) he's not top-10 in blocks or FG%, they don't seem to follow rebound%?

As for anomalies, his FG% was 46.4% and 45.1% in years 1 and 2. This year he's at 61.7% but his shot count is down at least 50% (only taken 128) -- last year he took 346. So yeah, I'd say it's anomaly.

We'll just see what happens if DJ White shows up and turns in a good performance or two in crunch time...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 5:59:47 PM

J....Haywood has spent all afternoon today on the radio with Marc James, moron.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 6:07:54 PM

Bobcats. Playoffs.

Posted by: Jamie | Mar 19, 2014 6:19:05 PM

J. All the stupid people are right here on this blog. They just don't talk about it any more. Put some additional talent around Al and this team will be very good next year. Top 4 in the east.

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 19, 2014 7:32:52 PM

"Top 4 in the east."

Mike T. in the house!

So are you guaranteeing a first round playoff win next season?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 19, 2014 8:24:04 PM

Biz has hands of stone!! In the game tonight, Cody was falling down and he saw Biz was open so he threw him the ball.
The ball hit Biz in his hands and he fumble it. HE FUMBLES EVERY PASS HE GETS!!! HE CANNOT CATCH A BASKETBALL!!!!!!

Posted by: Jon | Mar 19, 2014 10:56:53 PM

Al Jefferson scored his last basket last night with 4:18 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. The camera closed up on him, and he was evidently tired, very tired. After that, he still tried hard, he made some very good moves, got himself some really good shots, and then missed point blank - three times before the end of that quarter.
He didn't get a rest before the 4th. Then, he was very reluctant to shoot again, and he went into passing mode: he took ONE shot in the fourth quarter (which he missed); that's how discouraged our top scorer became after his bad ending of the 3rd quarter.
What I'm saying is: that's what fatigue, not addressed on time by coach, did to Big Al last night; this happened in a few other games previously.

I wish coach Clifford realized that sometimes more (minutes) is less (efficiency), and the reverse too: sometimes lees (playing time) is more (productivity).

Al Jefferson played in the last 6 games 37 to 38 minutes per game, and he had such stretches earlier this season too.
I think he can be most efficient steadily if playing 32-33 minutes per game. Go above that and it's counter-productive (again, as seen a few times this season).

It's not only in-game fatigue. It's also accumulating wear-out. There will be a price to pay for this when we get (hopefully) to the playoffs.

This reminds of how HoF coach Larry Brown was squeezing the life out of Gerald W. and Jax, playing them 39 to 40 mpg regularly.
It wasn't a good idea then, it's not a better idea now.

- - -

To those saying that Biz doesn't deserve any more than those paltry 10 mpg he's getting lately: I totally disagree.

In the early part of this season, when Big Al was injured, and then also, when he wasn't yet at full strength, Biz played a lot more, and he definitely showed improvement compared to last season.

I'm not getting nostalgic for some "good old days". I posted comments at that time, noting Biyombo's improved playing, both in offense and in defense. Then, that progress (not huge, but still, real progress) was completely wasted and lost, with the young player getting to warm the bench more and more.

Besides, if coach Clifford doesn't want to trust Biz with more playing time now, he still has the option to play Cody several more minutes while Al will get some needed extra rest.
But, constantly testing Big Al's physical endurance, and trying to go beyond its limits, is counter-productive.

- - -

I didn't change my mind: coach Clifford does a great job with this team. He and Big Al evidently have a huge merit in the Cats' improvement this season. But, his distribution of minutes (at 5 especially, though not only) can be very questionable.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 20, 2014 9:56:15 AM

If the Cats keep crapping the bed like they've done the last 2 games the playoffs are gonna slip away.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 20, 2014 12:03:43 PM

This is the way they are going to play us from now on. The Atlanta game was ugly, last nights just super frustrating. 27 3 in a close game to 20 3s. They are going to make us beat them from long range, if we dont move the ball and settle. Al down inside and everybody STANDING ON Perimeter taking practice shots.
No question officiating was aweful and dumb turnovers. Blatche was workin Al on both ends though, wow.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Mar 20, 2014 12:18:05 PM

I'm sensing a bit o' paranoia creeping into Slurperville...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 20, 2014 6:28:13 PM

basketball reference doesn't track rebound %? hahahahahaha dude you are HORRIBLE at facts.

try http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/blocks/sort/avg48Blocks

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/blocks/sort/blocks http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/biyombi01.html

scroll down and you will see that biz was 5th and 6th in block % in his first 2 years and is posting a higher block % this year. try again.


rebound %? currently 19.1.

league leader is andre drummond at 21.8. elite rebounder kevin love? 10th with 18.8.

the whole point of % stats is to eliminate the factor of minutes played to skew a number one way or the other. you could argue fatigue as a factor that isn't included or competition level (as you noted) but he's done it against the starters for 2 years prior, so your point holds no water.

he's shooting 61.5% from the field. his 130 FGa definitely keep him from being an outlier like hasheem thabeet's dominant 12 of 18 from the field, but different sites have a different minimum attempts. espn uses like 500 attempts or something.

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/player/_/stat/field-goals/sort/fieldGoalPct/qualified/false

13th including EVERYBODY....subtract out the clear outliers.....done. he was even higher a few weeks ago before a few of these other guys got going and he dropped a few points. 61.5% is improvement.

we're talking about a 21 year old big man whose vital stats have improved each year. even his horrible free throw shooting has improved each year.

and that dude can catch way better than people give him credit for. it was a major problem when he was drafted. it's significantly less of a problem now. that's evident in his increased rebounding production. the passes he dropped before were for lack of ability, now its more for unexpected passes. he's never getting passes in the flow of the offense or in normal transition.

you cannot draft a guy with as little coaching as he has had and say after 2 years that he's done. say after 3 years at age 21 that he won't continue to get better.

and disregarding above average defense, rebounding, and finishing at the rim? what did you expect him to be? were you listening to rod higgins or cho? if you listen to higgins, that's your first problem.....and probably a reason to go ahead and consider suicide. that's like listening to lindsey lohan for health tips and life advice.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 21, 2014 1:37:34 PM

I was listening to Air Minimum who said he'd be the next Olajuwan!

FT% per 36 mins = 404th.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2014_per_minute.html

Rebound per 36 minutes = 23rd.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2014_per_minute.html

Blocks per 36 minutes = 11th.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2014_per_minute.html

FG% per 36 mins = 14th.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2014_per_minute.html

None of those are top-10.

Having said that the numbers are irrelevant because coach thinks he sucks. You can cite, and pontificate, and whine all you like but the FACT is this dude is 10th or 11th on the depth chart and what minutes he does get amount to pity minutes. Ol' Fumblerooski prob drops another spot when White shows up.

Remember, Clifford awards minutes based on production -- I have zero doubt DJ White is a better basketball player than Fumblerooski.

Show me where basketball-reference tracks "rebound %"...


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 22, 2014 10:07:52 AM

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