Gerald Henderson optimistic about Bobcats

Fifth-year shooting guard Gerald Henderson knows that the worst is behind the Charlotte Bobcats’ team, and that it will only get better.

“As bad as it got, and I was part of the problem, it was kind of one of those things where you look at as it can only get better,” Henderson told the Associated Press, Monday. “With the pieces we’ve added we can find our way out of it.”

It got bad.

At 7-59, the Bobcats had the NBA’s worst record in 2011-2012, Henderson’s third year in the league. They improved in last year’s season, going 21-61, but still missed the lofty goal of a playoff birth by 17 games.

The added pieces come in the form of big man Al Jefferson, signed to a three-year deal earlier this off-season, and rookie center Cody Zeller, who will together provide some much-needed paint presence.

“I think with more attention on guys down low it frees up the perimeter a bunch,” Henderson said. “Any team with a good big man, you will see the guards get more freedom and have more open shots. With Al, teams are going to have to double team him so you have more chances for open shots.”

Henderson then commented that he has been and will continue to work on his three-point shot, which improved from 23 percent to 33 percent in the last two seasons.

The Bobcats will have to hit a ton of those threes if they want to find success in the East this year, which is as good as it has ever been in this era of the NBA.