Monday, December 30, 2013

Josh McRoberts has finally found himself with the Charlotte Bobcats

When you think of the Charlotte Bobcats big name players like Kemba Walker, Al Jefferson, and even at times Michael Kidd-Gilchrist come to mind. There is always one top performer for the Cats that fans often leave lost in their minds...8th year power forward Josh McRoberts.

McRoberts has been one of those players who has moved around often early in his career, and that has caused people to easily forget his name. Now at the younger age of 26, McRoberts is on his 5th career NBA team (Blazers, Pacers, Lakers, Magic, and Bobcats). Not to mention before he became a member of the Charlotte Bobcats he wasnt too great of a contributor anyways.

 The only season before his newest tenure with a team that McRoberts saw any significant time  on the floor was in the 2010-2011 season where he started 51 of 72 total games played. With the Indiana Pacers that season he averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. He is a player that truly has struggled to find himself and what he wants to accomnplish in the NBA...until he became a member of the Bobcats.

As the 2012-2013 season began McRoberts was a member of the Orlando Magic where he once again was a guy seeing little over a quarter of playing time and failing to make a significant impact. You could just tell that the then 25 year old was sick of playing in a reduced roll and really wanted to find a fresh start, a new place were he could finally begin to be the player he once wanted.

On February 4th of 2013, McRoberts finally got his chance. He was traded for then Bobcat Hakim Warrick, and man did Charlotte win this trade. Warrick is now a free agent whose career looks to be over, and now McRoberts is enormously helping power this Bobcats team to just their second playoff berth in team history.

In the 26 games after the trade in the 12-13 season McRoberts already saw vast improvement. In 19 starts he put up career bests in both scoring (9.3), rebounding (7.2), and assists (2.7). His strong start in the end of the season earned him a new contract as McRoberts resigned with Charlotte on July 11th, 2013.

The hustle player has finally proved his worth in the 2013-2014 season as he has silenced the critics that called him "useless" and "unimportant" in past tenures. McRoberts has proved that being a starter is his true calling, and he is doing nothing less than impressing.

Averaging 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists may not look all that big...but they are contributing so much to Charlotte that you cant look past them. His ability to help on all sides of the court make him so special. McRoberts sneaky source of assists and 3 pointers have greatly aided the Cats this year and on into 2014.

 If he isn't having a good night scoring, hes having a great night passing. If he isn't having a great night passing, hes having a great night rebounding. If he isn't having an exceptional night rebounding, then hes having an exceptional night scoring! You get the point? McRoberts never lacks contributions, if he struggles with one thing he finds a way to benefit his team. That small trait has proved so much worth to Charlotte.

McRoberts has proved he is finally important and meaningful with the Bobcats, and though it may sound corny its the ultimate truth. Havinh him in the starting lineup of every game this season has made the 2007 2nd round draft pick one of the biggest contributors to a team that looks to be read for just their 2nd playoff appearance in team history.

Dan J carney is a sports writer for 3 online sports websites. He writes for Tru School Sports, (covers the Charlotte Bobcats), and he also writes for the league Dan is also a YouTube sports talk show host where he talks on his channel (DanJcarney) about trending topics, questions, and breaking news about everything and anything regarding the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, Subscribe to him on YouTube, or add him on Google+.


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