Zeller was an odd choice for the fourth pick in this past draft. He has many pros in his column including being a great athlete, possessing a high basketball IQ, shockingly good range and being a great passer. Zeller may not be strong enough to battle bigs on the block every night.
BACKCOURT: Walker might have had the best season no one outside the Walker family cared about in 2012-13. He averaged 17.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.0 spg. He shot 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from long range. Walker is a legit NBA point guard.
Henderson emerged a bit. While his scoring average (15.5 ppg) remained steady, he shot 33 percent from beyond the arc and he signed a reasonable free-agent contract in the offseason. He may not be the cornerstone two guard, but he's serviceable.
BENCH: Gordon and Sessions could be the best bench backcourt in the league. Both can score and probably deserve to be on the floor at the end of games.
Biyombo and Taylor showed flashes and Dunlap fell over himself in love with McRoberts, although he's probably best served to sit at the end of the bench.
This group is thin other than the backcourt.
COACHING: Clifford received glowing reviews from the former head coaches who employed him. Perhaps his biggest hire was Patrick Ewing as lead assistant. The Hall of Famer can help both starting big men, especially Zeller, who, like Ewing, can shoot it from the perimeter.
The one thing Clifford has going for him that Dunlap didn't, is that Clifford knows today's NBA players. He worked for the Van Gundy brothers and knows defense and how to do things properly.
Clifford seems to be more the right man for the job than Dunlap was. If Jordan, president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho give Clifford time, he might make the Bobcats relevant.
OUTLOOK: That won't happen this season.
Jefferson was a good addition and Zeller will surprise some, but there is not enough talent for the Bobcats to sniff the postseason. Walker, Henderson and Kidd-Gilchrist are the start of something, but it's just a start.
A mild improvement on the 21 wins is reasonable. Give everyone some time to build together, add some more high draft picks and Charlotte might reach the playoffs later this decade.