Friday, January 16, 2009

Bobcats make trade

The Charlotte Bobcats acquired DeSagana Diop from the Dallas Mavericks for G Matt Carroll and F Ryan Hollins.

The Bobcats give up a nice 3 point shooter in Carroll, and a young, unproven Hollins for Diop. Diop's career numbers (courtesy of the Bobcats PR Staff):

"The 7-0 Diop has appeared in 468 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey and Dallas. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .430 from the field. In 34 games with the Mavericks this season he averaged 1.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.3 minutes."

So in 13 minutes, he didn't average a basket, and got an average of 3 rebounds per game. I ask, huh? Sure, the guy is 7 feet tall, but 7 feet tall, averaging 3 boards per game isn't what you would call a "difference maker."

Carroll and Hollins are 2 great guys. I wish them both well in their careers. Both players were always great with the media, always had a smile during practice, and a joke or 2 if you needled them enough. I can see why Carroll could be moved--he has value to a team looking for a 3 point shooter. He just couldn't get enough minutes under Larry Brown to ever get into a rhythm. Maybe he'll find that in Dallas.

Hollins is still young, has springs for legs, and I think, once he learns the NBA game, he'll be fine.

The Bobcats may have wanted to move G Raymond Felton, and still may, but DJ Augustin is banged up with an abdominal injury, so Felton is invaluable at this moment.

Charlotte hosts Portland on Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Mike Solarte

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe they need him to change lightbulbs at the arena.