CHARLOTTE – Bobcats first-year coach Steve Clifford says despite adding two big men this offseason, rebounding remains his biggest concern entering training camp.
Charlotte made a splash signing free agent center Al Jefferson to a $40.5 million contract and drafting 7-foot forward Cody Zeller fourth overall. But Clifford says the Bobcats only have two proven rebounders – Jefferson and small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, last year’s No. 2 overall pick.
Clifford says “other than that we don’t have guys that have been even average with any consistency.”
So while Clifford says the Bobcats’ overall talent this year is significantly better “The bottom line is this: We can get a lot better on offense and a lot better on defense, but if we don’t get a lot better rebounding it may not matter.”