Roster Reload: Charlotte Bobcats

The franchise made progress this season, but to what end?

Updated: April 30, 2014, 2:19 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

Kemba Walker Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesKemba Walker emerged in 2013-14 as the engine that drives the Charlotte Bobcats.

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The final season of the Charlotte Bobcats was perhaps their best ever, though stating that might well be damning with faint praise. The Bobcats won 43 games, one short of the franchise record, and made the playoffs for the second time.

With first-year coach Steve Clifford orchestrating the league's fifth-best defense, Charlotte landed the East's 7-seed despite being outscored on the season. With the roster populated by a mix of veterans and up-and-comers, this final edition of the Bobcats appears to be on more firm footing than its playoff predecessor.

Now, the Charlotte Hornets are reborn, and the question is, Where does the organization go from here? Recent lottery picks Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo stand as contributors but aren't yet foundation pieces. How can Clifford, Michael Jordan and GM Rich Cho hunt down Charlotte's first playoff series win, moving to the next level? Let's take a look using four categories featuring both scouting and advanced-metrics perspectives, as well as an early guess at what the Bobcats' 2014-15 roster could look like.