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Who’s da man fuelling the good play of the Bobcats?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

According to Tim Povtak, a senior writer at NBA Fanhouse …

Aging Theo Ratliff Has Sparked Bobcats’ Playoff Rise

The Bobcats have younger big men like Tyrus Thomas and Tyson Chandler. They have bigger guys like DeSagna Diop and Nazr Mohammed still on the roster. Yet it’s the well-traveled Ratliff, still viewed as an undersized center, who has become their anchor in the late-season drive.
Ratliff, who is playing for the ninth different team in his 14-year NBA career, was obtained from the San Antonio Spurs Feb. 18 in a cup-of-coffee trade (actually, for a 2016 second-round pick) at the insistence of coach Larry Brown

, who was looking for someone he could trust.
Ratliff, who turns 37 next month, hardly was playing for the veteran Spurs

, but Brown quickly put him into his starting lineup. The Bobcats have won seven of his 11 starts, including the last six consecutive games.
He was especially instrumental in their 96-89 victory Sunday over the Orlando Magic

– a potential first-round playoff opponent — and particularly down the stretch when he thwarted a potential home-team comeback.
He had 10 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes, but statistics never have been his forte. In the last six minutes: he blocked a shot by Vince Carter, who tried to drive on him. He changed two driving layups, by Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus

, that became misses. He also grabbed an offensive rebound to keep another possession alive.
“Theo looks like when I had him back in Philly,” said Brown, who coached Ratliff from 1998-2001 with the Sixers. “Only thing, he never got any shots back then. Everyone just told him to rebound the ball.”
 

 

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However …

If you take a closer look at the individual Game Logs for 3 specific players on the Bobcats’ current roster [shown below]:

Theo Ratliff’s Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

1

32:05

4

10

40.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

2

7

9

1

2

0

1

4

10

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

1

14:44

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

1

1

0

2

0

0

3

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

1

22:15

0

3

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

1

2

3

0

0

2

1

1

0

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

1

18:52

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

2

2

1

2

0

1

3

8

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

1

18:23

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

3

3

100.0

3

2

5

0

2

0

1

1

11

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

1

16:41

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

0

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

1

27:08

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

4

4

100.0

2

4

6

2

0

0

1

4

10

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

1

26:39

1

4

25.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

1

0

4

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

1

29:06

2

5

40.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

1

3

4

0

2

0

4

4

5

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

1

31:09

2

3

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

1

3

4

0

0

0

4

2

6

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

1

30:53

5

6

83.3

0

0

N/A

0

3

0.0

1

1

2

0

1

0

2

2

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

11:58

1

3

33.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

2

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

18:30

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

3

2

5

1

0

0

2

2

0

 

 

Tyrus Thomas’ Game Log This Season For Charlotte, since Feb 19

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

20:40

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

2

7

9

0

2

2

0

3

9

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

18:27

3

8

37.5

0

0

N/A

0

1

0.0

0

4

4

3

0

2

0

1

6

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

23:49

4

6

66.7

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

0

5

5

3

3

2

1

2

10

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

26:30

2

7

28.6

0

0

N/A

2

4

50.0

2

2

4

0

1

1

1

1

6

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

18:20

2

8

25.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

3

5

3

1

0

0

5

5

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

31:17

7

12

58.3

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

7

9

0

1

0

2

4

14

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

26:37

5

12

41.7

0

0

N/A

5

6

83.3

3

7

10

0

2

1

2

5

15

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

29:26

7

16

43.8

0

1

0.0

2

2

100.0

3

9

12

1

2

1

2

4

16

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

21:51

6

7

85.7

0

0

N/A

1

4

25.0

2

3

5

3

3

0

3

2

13

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

30:55

6

8

75.0

0

0

N/A

8

9

88.9

0

3

3

2

1

3

1

5

20

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

25:12

5

9

55.6

0

1

0.0

0

0

N/A

1

3

4

0

2

2

3

4

10

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

30:54

5

10

50.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

3

8

11

2

4

1

4

5

12

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

25:12

3

9

33.3

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

1

11

12

2

2

0

6

4

9

 

 

Tyson Chandler’s Game Logs This Season for Charlotte, since Feb 19 

Regular Season

FG

3PT

FT

Rebounds

Misc

Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Mar 14

@ ORL

W 96-89

0

15:55

3

4

75.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

5

7

 Mar 12

LAC

W 106-98

0

31:56

5

7

71.4

0

0

N/A

3

4

75.0

6

3

9

0

4

0

0

2

13

 Mar 10

@ PHI

W 102-87

0

15:03

3

3

100.0

0

0

N/A

6

9

66.7

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

12

 Mar 9

MIA

W 83-78

0

16:42

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

1

2

50.0

2

2

4

0

2

1

1

1

5

 Mar 6

GSW

W 101-90

0

07:18

1

2

50.0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

2

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

 Mar 5

LAL

W 98-83

0

15:16

2

2

100.0

0

0

N/A

2

2

100.0

0

4

4

0

1

0

1

1

6

 Mar 3

@ BOS

L 80-104

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Mar 1

DAL

L 84-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Date

Opp

Score

GS

Min

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

M

A

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

PF

Pts

 Feb 26

@ MEM

W 93-89

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 24

@ UTH

L 93-102

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 22

@ LAC

L 94-98

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 20

@ MIL

L 88-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 Feb 19

CLE

W 110-93

0

0

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

you should be able to see clearly that the team’s recently improved performance has actually coincided with the return to good health of Tyson Chandler [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Center] and the gradual integration of Tyrus Thomas [i.e. Charlotte's Back-up Power Forward] into their primary rotation, as much as [or, perhaps, even more than] the role and production of Theo Ratliff, as their Starting Center.

When a team like Charlotte finally turns the corner and morphs into a legitimate playoff contender it is rarely the case that there is only 1 player responsible for this actual transformation.

The simple fact is …

Charlotte has been engaged in the process of a long term build-up over the course of the past 2 years, given the additions of:

Larry Brown, Head Coach

DJ Augustin, PG [acquired via the Draft]
Alexis Ajinca, C [acquired via the Draft]
Boris Diaw, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
DeSagana Diop, C [acquired via trade]
Gerald Henderson, OG [acquired via the Draft]
Derrick Brown, PF-SF [acquired via the Draft]
Tyson Chandler, C [acquired via trade]
Stephen Graham, SF-OG [acquired as an UFA]
Stephen Jackson, OG-SF [acquired via trade]
Tyrus Thomas, PF-SF [acquired via trade]
Theo Ratliff, C [acquired via trade]
Larry Hughes, G-F [acquired as an UFA]

and,

Michael Jordan, Principal Owner,

in conjunction with the decision to retain the services of:

Gerald Wallace, SF-PF
Raymon Felton, PG
Nazr Mohammed, C

… and, the single individual most responsible for their success today is their once much-maligned General Manager, Rod Higgins.

Related:

Kudos to the Bobcats for resurrecting their once morbid franchise 

5 Men On A Single String … Kudos to Larry Brown

 

Kudos to the Bobcats for resurrecting their once morbid franchise

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

“How to turn around the fortunes of your pro sports team”, NBA 101 Management Handbook, p. 23.

—————–

Make a legitimate run for the 8th playoff spot in the 2008-2009 season

Add Vladimir Radmanovic [Lakers] in exchange for Adam Morrison

Add DeSagana Diop [Mavs] in exchange for Ryan Hollins & Matt Carroll

Decide NOT to trade Raymond Felton [PG]

Add Raja Bell and Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary [Suns] in exchange for J-Rich & J-Dudley

Add Juwon Howard [as a veteran Big off the bench] from the scrap heap

Decide NOT to trade Sean May AND to sit him on the bench  

Add Cartier Martin [OG/SF] and Dontell Jefferson [OG] from the pool of undrafted players

Add DJ Augustin [as a solid PG] from the 2008 NBA Draft

Add Alexis Ajinca [as a long term project, C] from the 2008 NBA Draft

Decide NOT to trade Gerald Wallace [SF/PF]

Hire Larry Brown to coach your team AND empower him to make trades

Retain Nazr Mohammed [as a solid veteran Big off the bench]

Re-sign Emeka Okafor, your 2004 No. 2 [overall] Draft Pick, as an emotionally stable, hard-working Center, who can Rebound & Defend his position, when others suggested that he was a “bad” long term investment for your team

Hire the most reknowned former player in NBA history to oversee the operation of your franchise [i.e. you know who]

—————–

It’s not rocket science … and, your GM certainly doesn’t NEED to have been named a winner of the NBA’s Executive of the Year Award even one time, during his career to-date.

Parity in the NBA’s Eastern Conference

Friday, January 16th, 2009

When there are 8 teams in the Eastern Conference separated in the standings by only 4.5 games, between the 7th and 14th positions, at the half-way point of the regular season schedule, it speaks to the parity which exists today in the NBA.

 

MIA

6th

21-17

.553

NJN

7th

19-21

.475

PHI

8th

18-20

.474

MIL

9th

19-22

.463

CHI

10th

18-22

.450

NYK

11th

15-22

.405

TOR

12th

16-24

.400

CHA

13th

15-24

.385

IND

14th

14-25

.359

WAS

15th

7-31

.184

Chalmers

Wade

Marion

Haslem

Anthony

Harris

Carter

Simmons

Jianlian

Lopz

Miller

Green
Iguodala
Young

Dalembert

Ridnour

Redd

Jefferson

LRMAM

Bogut

Rose

Gordon

Deng

Thomas

Noah

Duhon
Richardson

Chandler
Jeffries
Lee

Calderon

Parker

Moon

Bargnani

Bosh

Augustin

Bell

Wallace

Diaw

Okafor

Jack

Daniels

Granger

Murphy

Hibbert

James

Stevenson

Butler

Jamison

Blatche

Quinn

Cook

Diawara

Beasley

Dooling

Hayes

Najera

Anderson

Williams

Evans

Brand*

Speights

Sessions

Bell
Villanueva

Gadzuric

Hinrich

Sefolosha

Nocioni

Gooden

Robinson

Roberson

Thomas

Harrington

Ukic

Kapono

Graham

O’Neal

Felton

Carroll

Morrison

Mohammed

Ford

Rush

Dunleavy

Nesterovic

Crittenton

Young

McGuire

Songaila

Banks

Blount

Magloire

CDR

Hassell

Boone

Ivey

Rush

Ratliff

Lue

Alexander

Elson

Hunter

Hughes
Gray

Marbury**

Gallinari*

Curry*

Solomon

Humphries

Voskuhl

Singletary

Brown-S

Howard

Diener

Graham

Foster

Dixon

McGee

Pecherov

Jones

Wright

Ager

Swift
Williams

Marshall

Smith*

Allen

Simmons

Nichols

Rose

James

Jawai

May

Hollins

Ajinca

Tinsley**

Baston

McRoberts

Arenas*

Thomas

Haywood*

Spoelstra

Frank

DiLeo

Skiles

VDN

D’Antoni

Triano

Brown

O’Brien

Tapscott

Riley

Thorn

Kiki-V

Stefanski

Hammond

Paxson

Walsh

Colangelo

Jordan

Higgins

Bird

Grunfeld


Legend:
* – Injured; ** – Not used by the team

 

 

The fact is …

 

There is very little tangible separation between any of these teams, whether they fall into the Middle-of-the-Pack or the Low End categories.

 

Injuries, coaching decisions and the different managerial moves which each team makes in-season will determine [i] which ones qualify for the playoffs this spring and/or [ii] become a likely candidate for substantial improvement heading towards next season and beyond.