Mar, 10, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats point guard D.J. Augustin (14) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder 2012-13 Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

Thunderous Intentions will begin to preview the 2012-13 NBA season by going through every team in the league and breaking down how they match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Be sure to check out the previous matchups we have previewed: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets.


Charlotte Bobcats Team Overview

The Charlotte Bobcats can’t get much worse than they were last year. In fact, they had the lowest winning percentage in the history of the NBA last season with a record of 7-59.

The one bright spot was that Anthony Davis would be in the upcoming NBA draft but the Bobcats failed to land the No. 1 pick and had to settle for No. 2. They are getting a player that is impossible not to love in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with that pick, but it’s hard not to think what could have been had Davis been coming to Charlotte next season.

The Bobcats also drafted Jeff Taylor from Vanderbilt who should see some time as a nice spot-up shooter. Charlotte also picked up Ben Gordon in a trade and acquired Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood. They are parting ways with D.J. Augustin, Corey Maggette, Jamario Moon and D.J. White.

Charlotte is a long way from becoming competitive in this league and it’s hard to find things for this franchise to cheer about.

Last year

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Bobcats played once last year and I hope you’re sitting down for this, the Thunder blew them out. OKC won 122-95 at home on March 10 as James Harden set a then career-high in the game.

Harden scored 33 points in 29 minutes. He went 11-of-16 from the field and 4-for-9 from three.

Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Russell Westbrook had 23 on 10-for-14 shooting.

The Thunder shot 63.0 percent in the game and had 27 assists. Charlotte shot just 40.9 percent.

Augustin scored 22 and Maggette had 21 to lead the Bobcats and they won’t even be with the team next season.

The matchup

The Bobcats had the worst offense in the league last year in terms of points per possession so in no shape or form do they have any kind of advantage against the Thunder.

The Bobcats were also dead last on defense but they were 20th against post-ups while the Thunder were 24th at scoring from the post. But only 6.7 percent of OKC’s offense came from the post.

Next year

The lone bright spot for Charlotte is Kidd-Gilchrist who should make a greater impact than one would normally think. He is one of those guys that does all of the little things, plays hard every second he is on the floor and is pretty talented too.

The Bobcats play the Thunder twice next year, first Nov. 26 in OKC then at home on March 8. No one in their right mind should think either of those games could be close.

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