If I were The Owner/GM of the Bobcats
OK, everyone might expect this post to be focused around rebuilding the Team around Anthony Davis with the # 1 Pick...This is not one of those type's of post
I'm going to base my plan on the chance the Bobcats don't win the NBA Draft Lottery in June
I'm going to say the Bobcats get the 2nd Pick of the draft instead...
With Davis off the board the question becomes who do we draft with the 2nd overall pick???
There is no safe pick at # 2 and whoever The Bobcats choose would have too much pressure placed upon him from Day 1, lets for a second Imagine the Bobcats options if they keep the 2nd pick
I'll start with the next 4 prospects drafted according to The Site's mock as of today
Thomas Robinson would be solid, but as the 2nd pick I think it'll be a lot to ask of a guy who might only become a better Tyrus Thomas/Biyombo hybrid, he's got to be able to show me some serious offensive potential in 1 vs 1 games against guys Like Davis, Drummond and Sullinger to even have a shot at being the guy for Charlote at 2...
Andre Drummond is the type of guy Jordan loves, he could be very tempted to take this kid 2nd and walk away happy, but he's also one of the biggest risk in the draft, MJ has been burned by taking Bigmen with potential, Andre is no Kwame Brown but who's to say what he'll do in The NBA as the 2nd pick of a Deep draft, Too nuch Boom or Bust potential here IMO
Micheal Kidd Gilchrist would be the undisputed pick if he had an outside shot to match his defense and Intangibles, he's the type of winner MJ would love to mold in his Image, MJ wasn't a great jump shooter when he entered the League either, there is something special there but It may be too much to expect him to become half the player Jordan was, still this another interesting Choice if The Bobcats keep the pick
Harrison Barnes has been the guy pegged to this franchise for all the apparent UNC/Charlote area conncetions, and he's also a very safe bet to become a good NBA player, maybe he will never become the player he was hyped to be but if MJ can get him to play hard and contribute all over the court then he'd be a fine choice inside the Top 5 - 7 picks, I just don't like his chances if he's selected 2nd, he's a guy I'd want to trade down for, which can be trick to do sometimes...
With all that said I think the Bobcats have 2 options
1st Option ...Draft Micheal Kidd Gilchrist with the 2nd pick and pray to the Basketball Ball gods that we see a repeat of the Sam Bowie/Micheal Jordan scenario, where the 2nd pick(MKG) becomes the superstar of a new generation and Hall of Fame player, with Jordan there to teach him a thing or two on offense he's the guy I think they have to draft with the 2nd overall pick...
2nd Option trade down to draft Harrison Barnes, this can be a lot safer than picking anyone with the 2nd pick, Barnes would have the UNC faithful in his corner and the Bobcats franchise has a shot at getting their support at the ticket gates, this could also get them a late lottery pick as well
This is a scenario I see that could work for The Bobcats and their trade partner
The Bobcats trade The 2nd Overall pick to Portland for the 7th and 11th picks in the draft(Portland is only slated at 6 because no one has jumped up via Lottery) The Blazers would then select Drummond with the 2nd pick, and the Bobcats would have 2 chances to find a star
They could select a Combo of Barnes(7th) and Henson/Zeller(11th) or Lamb(7th) and Perry Jones/Terrence Jones(11th)
off course the first 6 picks are out of their hands and they'll have to hope they get the right two players when they Draft, but this is a safer game plan then swinging for the home run with two strikes(The 2nd Pick for those who didn't get the pun)...
Jordan would have his safe choice at 7th and his Risky choice at 11th or vice versa...2 picks are always better than 1 IMO when your rebuilding from the ground up...
Lets discuss my Draft plan before I go into Free Agency...
If the Bobcats don't get the top pick, and if history repeats itself, they wont, then I think they would look to pick Harrison Barnes in the 2-4 range that they will be in.
With Barnes, they are getting a 17.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 1.0 APG SF. If we look closely at Barnes, he had 4 games with under 10 points. I'm going to exclude 2 against Appalachian State and Nicholls State where he got 9, but in limited playing time. His worst game in got 6 points in 24 minutes in a blowout over Miami. He scored 7 points against Virginia in a 3 point win.
For the few games with under 10 points, he made up for with 12 games with over 20 points. Barnes is a scorer, which is something the league's worst offensive team needs (they also were 26th in points allowed.)
With Barnes, they have a young core of Augustin, Kemba, Henderson, Barnes, Biyombo, and Mullens. I think small forward is their biggest need at this point, and Barnes fits the bill.
Not to mention Michael Jordan is the majority owner coming out of UNC, just like Harrison Barnes is coming out of UNC. The UNC fans would flood to the Time Warner Cable Arena to watch Barnes, and at the end of the day, that's what every owner wants, money. If you can likely increase ticket sales, and fill the biggest need on your team with Harrison Barnes, why wouldn't you?
I agree with cuse. I have always felt the bobcats wouldn't get the number one pick seeing as the worst team rarely does. With that in mind, I felt Barnes would be the best pick for the Bobcats. MKG is a great talent but he always gets the Gerald Wallace comparisons. The Bobcats already had Gerald Wallace and let him go so I don't know why they would draft a guy who is pegged to be his clone. They need scoring bad and Barnes is one of the best scorers in the draft. Plus like cuse mentioned, fans would flock to the games to see Barnes so ticket sales would go up seeing as Barnes is a local boy and played ball at the the more popular Carolina school being UNC.
The UNC angle is the only reason to take Barnes over MKG. He is Gerald Wallace 2.0. He has a better jumpshot already, is a proven winner and a smarter player.
Barnes may get you more points but MKG will get you more wins.
If you were Michael Jordan, lolz
I would go with MKG. He has a high ceiling and the Bobcats aren't exactly loaded on the wing. MKG, Kemba, and Biyombo can hustle and use their speed to scrape by with some wins. Then try to get either another big man or a legit 2 guard next year.
I don't trust Michael Jordan a damn bit on drafting. He will likely pick a role player or a bench guy again.
I like the portland bobcat trade if they dont get number 1 but are you sure portland would when 2 is better then one?...
Hold on, we're going to call MKG a proven winner Sewok? He went to Kentucky, he SHOULD be winning basketball games. The "Barnes might get you more points but MKG will get you more wins" line is so weird to me. This isn't a hate on MKG nor Kentucky, but he went to one of the top five programs historically in CBB history. If he's not winning games, then that's a problem, but that Kentucky squad did what was expected of them. If they didn't win the NC, would you consider MKG an underachiever? Loads of guys have won in college, and come to do scrap in the NBA, NFL, etc. It's not about winning in college, it's about who the front office thinks can become a great NBA player.
If the Bobcats have the 2nd pick, I think they just have to take the best player available. For me, it would be Kidd-Gilchrist, and not because he's a "winner." It's because he has the potential to be an excellent NBA player. He has to work on his jumper, but I feel he works so hard defensively, and appears to be a very hard worker off the floor that his jumper will come given some time. Good handler of the basketball too.
I don't think the Bobcats should be trading down, keep the pick, take the best player possible, and look to build around him. Trading down decreases their chance of getting a franchise changing player.
Take MKG. He, Kemba and Biyombo all compete hard and that's a start. From there see what good veterans come around, particularly via amnesty, and see what you can do. Hire a major defensive coach and dig in.
^^^Yes maybe they wont get the future scoreing champ this draft on even a 20 ppg player but if they build a defensive minded team in these coming years they can be a trade and sign away from an 8th seed.If both teams cant score the team who does the most punching in the mouth will win and I love denfense.
I mean he just helped win a National Championship and although he didn't hit a game winner ala Jordan he's every bit the competitor Jordan was coming out of college...If Jordan can become this kids mentor and teach him some of his offensive repetoire I think MKG could be the star in The Draft alongside Davis for defensive purposes...He seems to have all the tools to become a very good player
If he's more Scottie than MJ as far as potential goes then I would think about trading the 2nd pick for The Blazers 7th and 11th picks in the Draft...The Blazers would then select MKG or Drummond and The Bobcats would select Barnes(7th) and Henson/Zeller/Marshall(11th)...
"Thomas Robinson... a guy who might only become a better Tyrus Thomas/Biyombo hybrid"
"The Bobcats trade The 2nd Overall pick to Portland for the 7th and 11th picks in the draft"
that would be retarded from the blazers, lamb can end up being just as good as barnes.
Scottie Pippen was one of the top 50 players in NBA history. If you think MKG can be a top 50 player, then you take him #2.
Take Drummond with the 2nd pick , hire a good coach , suck again next year , and get a top 4 pick in 2013 and keep building with free agents from there. Charlotte is god awful and you can't fix that team in one year maybe not two , but get some young talent and at this point and Drummond has as much if not more potential than anyone and if he lives up to it he is better than Davis going forward. and could be a big part of turning Charlotte around. Drummond I think by the time he is 22-23 years old will be at least a 15ppg , 10reb , 3blk guy.
how much higher is Drummond's potential after his lone year in college compared to Kwame Brown comming out of high school? the physical tools are there. size, frame, length, mobility, athletiscm, timing, etc. kwame had it all and was so young and had so much potential in him. Drummond posses all the same gifts. now, what is it about him that makes you think he'll develop right and reach his potential over him never living up to it?
The reason Drummond will be better than Kwame is because we know two things, the worst case scenario for Drummond (provided he stays healthy) will be he can protect the rim, and rebound the basketball. Those are two things he'll be able to do that are hard to find, and he could stick in the league for quite some time with those translatable skills.