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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: September 19, 11:17 AM ET
No. 104: Charlotte Bobcats

By Ross Marrinson
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 120
Title track: 106
Ownership: 112
Coaching: 122
Players: 106
Fan relations: 104
Affordability: 31
Stadium experience: 82
Bang for the buck: 96

Break out the champagne! The Bobcats, and their 2012-13 winning percentage of .256, rose -- yes, rose -- along with most of their categories because, well, they had nowhere else to go. Charlotte, ranked 120th overall in last year's standings, jumped to 104th simply because the fans get what they sometimes pay for. (Charlotte's attendance ranked 27th in the NBA last season.) It costs a league-low $29.27 to witness the horror show, 43 percent less than the NBA average, leading to an affordability ranking of 31st overall, by far the team's highest mark.

The organization, obviously responding to last year's coaching ranking of 122, fired Paul Silas and brought in Mike Dunlap, only to watch his team win 21 games last season and maintain the worst coaching mark out of all 122 pro teams.

Nothing seems to be working in Charlotte. But the team's players ranking, 118th last year, jumped 12 spots with the continued development of guards Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and it should improve next year with bigs Al Jefferson and rookie Cody Zeller in the fold. Worst-case scenario? Another season of being eliminated by Valentine's Day, sure, but it'll be one helluva draft class next June.