This team is horrible, but at least it is by design.
The Bobcats are in Year 2 of Rich Cho's implementation of the Presti Plan, in which a team dissembles down to as close to bare land as possible and rebuilds through the draft. The Cats now have one (1) top-five pick -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- and need about two or three more. That means the team needs to be awful. So Charlotte shall be awful. Moves were made to have something like a basic roster that hits the league's salary floor while allowing Cho flexibility to take on bad deals sweetened with draft picks. All the while, the young players will develop in a relative vacuum, much like Kevin Durant in Seattle in 2007-08.
So build through the draft they have.
The decision to draft Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft surprised a lot of people at the time, but the more one thinks about it, the more it makes sense. For a while, it looked like the Bobcats would opt for the most NBA-ready guy in Thomas Robinson in an attempt to gain some immediate respectability, but once you consider the hiring of Mike Dunlap (more on him below) and the stated philosophy of general manager Rich Cho, Kidd-Gilchrist became the obvious selection.
Ben Swanson is one of the funnier bloggers on the web. So at least he has fun with his horrible team's plight.
I think I can sum this up nicely by saying this: The Bobcats improved across the board at nearly every position. Granted, they were one of the worst teams of all-time, but my point remains.What are the team's biggest strengths?
Best case - they win around 30-35 or so games on the year, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist unleashes great offensive potency that we didn't know he was capable of, Kemba Walker's jump shot and passing improve, Byron Mullens becomes a better all-around player and the Bobcats show incredible potential for the future while still having good position to draft well and make a better team in the future.
Worst case - everyone gets polio
Poor Charlotte fans.