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2008–09 Charlotte Bobcats season

Charlotte Bobcats season
Head coach Larry Brown
Arena Time Warner Cable Arena
Results
Record 35–47 (.427)
Place Division: 4th (Southeast)
Conference: 10th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Local media
Television Fox Sports South, SportSouth
Radio WOLS

The 2008–09 Charlotte Bobcats season was the 19th season of the Charlotte Bobcats in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 5th as the Bobcats.

The previous season, Charlotte finished 32–50 under coach Sam Vincent, and did not qualify for the playoffs. In response to the dismal season, co-owner and basketball operations chief Michael Jordan fired Vincent and brought in veteran coach Larry Brown.[1] True to his reputation for turning teams around, Brown kept the young team in playoff contention well into April. They ultimately finished four games short of the first playoff appearance in their current incarnation.

Key dates

Offseason

2008 NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Nationality Position School/Club Team
1 9 Augustin, D. J.D. J. Augustin  United States PG Texas
1 20 Ajinça, AlexisAlexis Ajinça  France C Hyères-Toulon (France)
2 38 Weaver, KyleKyle Weaver  United States PG Washington State

Injuries and surgeries

Staff changes

Michael Jordan fired coach Sam Vincent on April 27, 2008 and subsequently signed legendary coach Larry Brown 2 days later.

Roster

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Emeka Okafor DeSagana Diop Nazr Mohammed
PF Boris Diaw Sean May Alexis Ajinça
SF Gerald Wallace Vladimir Radmanović Juwan Howard Cartier Martin
SG Raja Bell Dontell Jefferson
PG Raymond Felton D. J. Augustin Sean Singletary

Regular season

Standings

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 32–9 27–14 14–2 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 12 31–10 16–25 11–5 82
x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 16 28–13 15–26 9–7 82
Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 24 23–18 12–29 5–11 82
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 40 13–28 6–35 1–15 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game log

Player statistics

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Gerald Wallace 71 71 37.6 .480 .298 .804 7.8 2.7 1.70 .94 16.6
Raymond Felton 82 81 37.6 .408 .285 .805 3.8 6.7 1.54 .37 14.2
Boris Diaw* 81 59 34.0 .507 .414 .687 5.3 4.1 .75 .65 13.2
Emeka Okafor 82 81 32.8 .561 .000 .593 10.1 .6 .59 1.66 13.2
Raja Bell* 67 66 34.6 .437 .421 .853 3.6 2.1 .75 .12 11.9
D. J. Augustin 72 12 26.5 .430 .439 .893 1.8 3.5 .58 .03 11.8
Vladimir Radmanović* 78 31 18.5 .421 .401 .741 2.8 1.0 .59 .19 6.9
Dontell Jefferson 6 0 14.0 .500 .500 .667 2.0 1.5 .67 .17 4.8
Juwan Howard* 42 2 11.2 .510 .000 .667 1.8 .6 .17 .14 4.1
Sean May 24 12 12.5 .398 1.000 .700 2.9 .4 .21 .17 3.9
Nazr Mohammed 39 1 8.7 .406 .000 .550 2.0 .2 .13 .41 2.7
Cartier Martin 33 1 8.1 .364 .303 .800 1.0 .4 .24 .12 2.6
Sean Singletary* 37 2 8.2 .365 .400 .857 .90 .8 .30 .00 2.4
Alexis Ajinça 31 4 5.9 .362 .000 .714 1.00 .1 .23 .19 2.3
DeSagana Diop* 75 1 13.8 .433 .000 .333 3.60 .4 .39 .75 2.3
Dwayne Jones 6 0 8.7 .571 .000 .667 2.00 .0 .00 .17 2.0
Andre Brown 4 0 10.3 .143 .000 1.000 3.00 .3 .25 .00 1.0

*Total for entire season including previous team(s)

Awards, records and milestones

Awards

Week/Month

All-Star

Season

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Records

Milestones

Transactions

  • On July 7, the Bobcats hired Herb Brown to be an assistant coach.[3] Herb Brown spent the past four seasons as an assistant in Atlanta. Charlotte is the ninth team he's worked for as an assistant. He served as head coach in Pistons for three seasons from 1975–78.
  • On July 25, the Bobcats agreed to terms with restricted free agent Ryan Hollins.[4]
  • On July 29, the Bobcats agreed to terms with restricted free agent Emeka Okafor.[5] The Charlotte Observer reported the deal is for six years and $72 million.[6]

Trades

August 12, 2008 To Charlotte Bobcats
2009 2nd Round Selection
To Oklahoma City Thunder
Kyle Weaver[7]
December 10, 2008 To Charlotte Bobcats
Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, Sean Singletary
To Phoenix Suns
Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley, 2010 2nd Round Selection[8]
January 16, 2009 To Charlotte Bobcats
DeSagana Diop
To Dallas Mavericks
Matt Carroll, Ryan Hollins
February 7, 2009 To Charlotte Bobcats
Vladimir Radmanovic
To Los Angeles Lakers
Adam Morrison, Shannon Brown

Free Agents

See also

References

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External links

  • Charlotte Bobcats official website
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