Five Things To Watch: Charlotte Bobcats

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bobcats small logoThis offseason was an eventful one for the Bobcats and their fans. It started the same as the previous one: looking for a new coach. This time, the search did not last quite as long as they snapped up long-time Jeff Van Gundy assistant Steve Clifford. Then they stunned analysts and fans alike at the draft by selecting Cody Zeller over Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Alex Len at fourth overall.

With newfound financial flexibility because of DeSagana Diop’s expiring contract, the Bobcats played more aggressively in free agency. They set their sights squarely on former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, a big man with an offensive arsenal in the post the team has never had. After years of languishing in the paint struggling to get much offense out of Bismack Biyombo or Byron Mullens, the Bobcats leapt at the chance to sign Jefferson for about $41 million over three years.

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Bernucca: Will Work For Food: The NBA’s All-Six-Figure Teams

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100000billThere are a scant few career tracks where an annual salary of at least $1 million does not mean you have reached the pinnacle of your profession.

Only the best doctors and lawyers pull down more than a million a year. Before bonuses, most of the world’s top bankers draw salaries in the low seven figures. Some veteran TV news anchors have climbed above $10 million annually, but most operate in the seven-figure statosphere. And no one in politics comes close to $1 million a year until they leave public office and become a lobbyist, which can pay seven figures.

But if you are an NBA player, it’s almost impossible not to make a million dollars a year.

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Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week 17

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NBA scouts may have overlooked Bradley Beal’s best quality.

When Beal declared for the 2012 draft, his combination of 6-5 size and excellent mechanics made him the top shooting guard prospect. After a slow start to the season – somewhat attributed to the injury absence oF backcourt mate John Wall – he has found his rhythm and is shooting better than 46 percent from the field since New Year’s Day.

However, Beal also has shown remarkable mental and physical toughness throughout his rookie campaign, which you love to see in a 19-year-old.

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Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week 15

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Last week, rookie big men Tyler Zeller and Andrew Nicholson weren’t even in these rankings.

This week, they are in the Rising Stars contest that kicks off All-Star Weekend on Friday night.

Zeller, the center of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was among the original field of nine rookies chosen for the game. Nicholson, a power forward for the Orlando Magic, was added this week to replace injured Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond. 

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Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week 11

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Over the last four weeks in our Rookie Rankings, Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross ascended from ninth to sixth to fourth before plummeting entirely out of the table.

That staged climb and quick descent somewhat resembles Ross in the open court, where he has unleashed some of the more memorable dunks this season.

But dunks aren’t enough to get a spot in these rankings. Anyone who regularly reads this piece knows that I cut these kids very little slack. You don’t just have to play; you have to play well. You can’t have a good game here and a solid game there; you have to display some semblance of real consistency that proves you belong.

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