#7 East: Charlotte Bobcats
Likability:
Since debuting in 2004, the Bobcats have been a perfect candidate for contraction. For starters, their cutesy name was a nod to BET mogul Robert Johnson. Then, the Bobs spent most of their existence collecting scrubs like Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison. But after bringing in coach Larry Brown, the Bobcats have been rebuilt as a freakishly athletic defensive squad. Last times they played the Lakers and the Cavs, they won by 15 and 17, respectively. They can ball with anyone. Duh. In Gerald Wallace, Tyrus Thomas, and Tyson Chandler, the Cats have a silly-putty front line that can stretch, dunk, and block. Plus Stephen Jackson: unlimited range, zero conscience, and a chest tattoo of praying hands holding a handgun. Even if you