Based on the system we have here, i think bots are essential for one to learn how to play. I feel that a lot of new players are scared away from the mod because they're always fighting people who are better than them. As a training tool, i think they should be able to perform as well as possible. i.e. different saber styles, etc.
At this point in the mod, bots won't only serve as practice, but also as a way for players (like me) to entertain themselves until actual players show up. So far, the only servers ive been joining is hocks cause i get the best ping there. I figure there's a lot more over in europe, so bots tend to be the only challenge i can find on servers where i have good ping. : p
I think the point is that we just dont have enough players at the moment, and thus the need for bots.