NBA Picks: Charlotte Bobcats 2013-14 Betting Preview

Joe Catalano

Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:47 PM GMT

As we continue our team by team NBA previews, today we’ll be talking about a young team that has a long way to go to make the playoffs, but with a bright future In the Charlotte Bobcats.

A Team Of the Future

If you like big payoffs then the Bobcats are the team for you. They’re currently listed at +60000 betting odds to win the 2013-2014 NBA Championship. That said, this is a team with a lot of young talent that can sneak up and surprise more experienced teams.

Al Jefferson

Utah’s loss is Charlotte’s gain as the Jazz send Paul Millsap to the Atlanta Hawks and their leading scorer and rebounder of last season in Al Jefferson to the Charlotte Bobcats. Jefferson brings a major offensive presence in the middle to the Bobcats as he’s coming off of a 17.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg campaign last season. Jefferson is highly skilled offensive player with a blue-collar mentality.

The SparkplugJefferson will need to stay healthy as he’s backed up by a defensive-minded player in Bismack Biyombo and a veteran in Brendan Haywood that will take up space in the middle with his long wing-span. Jefferson alone will improve this team’s win total as he’s in the prime of his career.

This team is laced with young talent and one of the players at the top of the list is point guard Kemba Walker.

Walker brings energy, youth, and an established resume to this team. Walker was a champion in college and even his former coach at the University of Connecticut, Jim Calhoun, stated that Kemba Walker was one of his most pleasant surprises to enter the NBA. Kemba always had game, but people weren’t sure his slight frame could deal with the rigors of an 82 game NBA schedule.

Thus far it has as Walker has been the go to guy for the past couple of season on the Bobcats. He’s coming off of a 17.7 point, 5.7 assist, and 3.5 rebound season last year. Walker’s number could go down a bit with the addition of Al Jefferson, but he’ll gladly take it as it will translate into more victories for the Cats this season.

This was a team that ranked near the bottom in most statistical categories last season. They were 26th in points scored in the NBA, 27th in rebounds, 29 in assists, and 29th in points allowed. This is an energetic bunch of young players; the defense will have to work a lot harder this season to see results.

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Talented Youth

Along with a 20 year old forward in Michael Kidd- Gilchrist who is entering his 2nd season, the Bobcats will be adding offense in rookies Cody Zeller and James Southerland. Zeller is coming off of a great college career at Indiana and offers the Bobcats a 7 footer that can score and rebound at the power forward position. He will make an immediate impact.

Southerland hit some very big shots for head coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange. He might not make the impact that Zeller will, but this is a streaky shooter that single-handedly won and kept Syracuse in a lot of games. I expect him to stick with the Bobcats in a reserve role as they can use all of the offense that they can get.

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Outlook

Rome wasn’t built in a day and the Bobcats won’t be winning a championship any time soon, but this is a basketball team headed in the right direction. They must play better defense or they’ll get blown off of the court drop many a backer's NBA picks. This should be an exciting young team to watch.