by Tommy Gimler
The Charlotte Bobcats of lost their 19th consecutive game Friday night, making it official: Michael Jordan is the worst executive in sports.
Maybe Jordan thinks that if his Bobcats continue tanking games, he’ll get all of the ping pong balls in the upcoming NBA lottery.
At 7-55, the the Bobcats still have a shot to finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. If they can lose/tank their last four games (Sacramento, Washington, Orlando, New York), Charlotte would finish with a .106 winning percentage. That would unseat the old kings of futility, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who finished 9-73 (.110).
A quick look at the Bobcats’ starting lineup reveals that Jordan could have head coach Paul Silas take a dump in a paint can, set it at the free throw line, and still get the same result:
PG D.J. Augustin
SG Gerald Henderson
C Bismack Biyombo
SF Derrick Brown
PF D.J. White
Who are these clowns? If I didn’t play fantasy basketball, I wouldn’t be able to tell this roster from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. As a team, the Bobcats rank last in offensive efficiency, last in defensive efficiency, last in effective FG%, last in true shooting percentage, and 29th in rebound rate. With numbers like that, how can it be that Kemba Walker isn’t starting for this team unless an injury allows it to happen?
Obviously the issue with the Charlotte Bobcats is personnel. Here are the Bobcats’ draft picks since 2006, and where they currently reside:
2006 – Adam Morrison (out of league)
2006 – Ryan Hollins (backup center for Boston)
2007 – Jared Dudley (averaging 12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg for Phoenix)
2008 – D.J. Augustin (starting PG for Bobcats, averaging 10.7 ppg, 6.4 apg)
2008 – Alexis Ajinca (out of league)
2008 – Kyle Weaver (out of league)
2009 – Gerald Henderson (Bobcats’ best player, averaging 15 ppg, 4 rpg)
2009 – Derrick Brown (Bobcats’ starting SF, averaging 7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
2010 – NO PICKS!
2011 – Kemba Walker (off the bench for Bobcats, averaging 12.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.5 rpg)
No picks in 2010? Good teams give up draft picks to bring in guys like Pau Gasol. The Bobcats? They traded their 2010 first-round pick for the rights to Alexis Ajinca, who I’m sure is doing a great job these days dunking pieces of concrete into a dump truck somewhere along a freeway in France.
Michael Jordan has said he will sell the team if things don’t improve over the next three to four years. If that’s true, it looks like he’ll be sticking around because it can’t get any worse…