Evaluating the Teams with the NBA's Worst Records

How Bad Are the NBA's Worst?

11/10/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

TORONTO RAPTORS
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Nov 4, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) holds on to the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Timberwolves 105-86. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRESpeculation for 2012-2013:
 
The team has been surprisingly competitive so far with only one loss by more than 7 points.  New point guard Kyle Lowry gives the team a dual-threat point guard that they were lacking with previous court general Jose Calderon, and he’s really given Toronto a new energy so far this season.  Don’t expect too much out of the team this year, but a playoff run may not be out of the question in an Eastern Conference with a very questionable race outside the top 4 or 5.  
 
Future Speculation:
 

If Lowry can stay healthy – always the main concern with him – and DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani can continue giving the team steady scoring, the Raptors will have a solid nucleus.  Last year’s first rounder Jonas Valanciunas has struggled to score consistently and stay out of foul trouble five games into his NBA career but has also shown flashes of potential.  One more promising piece, probably a winger, could really set the team up nicely for the future.
 
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS
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Oct 26, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (15) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 99-82.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRESpeculation for 2012-2013:
 
The main surprise so far is really the “1” in the win column, thanks to a one-point victory over the struggling Pacers in the Bobcats’ second game of the year.  The team has been led so far this year by Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions, both giving the Bobcats a good balance of scoring and setting up others.  Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were solid offseason pickups, but expect the Bobcats to be right around the same spot in the standings they were last year, though probably with a few more wins thanks to a full 82-game season.
 
Future Speculation:
 
Kidd-Gilchrist and Walker look to be great pieces to build around, but the rest of the team is worth questioning.  Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullins are awkward frontcourt starters, both definitely better suited for 8th or 9th men on rosters, and the same goes for Gerald Henderson who is currently sidelined for the next few weeks with a foot injury.  All in all, the Bobcats are still about 2 or 3 significant players away from having anything resembling a positive future ahead of them.
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