I want to know who do you think are the safe picks for Michael Jordan to draft for the Charlotte Bobcats with the 2nd pick on Draft Night?
I think any one of Barnes, Drummond, Beal, MKG, or Robinson would be considered safe with MKG and Robinson being the safest. In this draft it's quite obvious that the talent level plumets after Davis, and any of the aformentioned players could go 2. Robinson would be the most safe mainly because you know what you're going to get with him. He's not going to turn into Charles Barkley over night, but you'de be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't think he can atleast be a double digit rebounder and points type of guy. Also he has the "winner" tag, so no one would hate on Jordan if they drafted him after the season they just had.
T.Robinson should be the pick he's the most NBA ready but Jordan really likes Harrison Barnes becuz of his scoring ability/star power/hype.
I think MKG is the safest pick, you know exactly what you're getting with him, leadership, hustle, defense, effort, heart, athleticism, intangibles...
1. Thomas Robinson. Nba body, great rebounding skills, good work ethic and tons of energy.
2. Bradley Beal. Great basketball IQ, all-around skills but a little bit undersized.
3. Harrison Barnes. Good athleticism, good shooter but no Pg in Charlotte to get him open shots.
Charlotte has a Pg name Kemba Walker! Bobcats needs to draft Andre Drummond because every player in the draft has bust potential, we don't know if Thomas Robinson can score over NBA power fowards. Drummond can rebound, block shots, play defense and run the floor. The way Kemba can penetrate, he can create easy shots for drummond
Thomas Robinson by far is the most pro ready prospect left, he has and nba ready body, great athleticism, and he's a great rebounder which always translates to the pros.@David stern Charlotte has two good young point guards in kemba walker and d.j. augustin they can set him up
No way should the bobcats draft Drummond he has huge bust potential and he will not grow in a bad situation like charlotte, do you even watch basketball? Trob will have no problem getting his shot off he's 6'10 237 lbs with a 35' vertical(the same as Blake Griffin) I believe you got him confused for Jared sullinger
Yes, I been around Basketball most of my life! Like I said before can Thomas Robinson score over NBA power fowards because he had trouble scoring against Kentucky in the tourney and he's going against bigger, stronger, quicker players. No player in this draft is going to help the bobcats this year, so why not take drummond and hire a great low post/ shooting coach to develop him. Drummond can run the floor, rebound, and be a defensive force in the middle. Blake griffin is overrated besides dunks, what does he do that makes his team better?. I Rather take my chance on a 6'11 18yrs old center that has great potential to blossom into a special player. They Hire Dunlap because of his reputation to develop players, so why not Drummond if the bobcats are still a couple years away from developing the rest of the young players on the roster. Biyombo did better than what people expected and drummond has a better feel for the game than him.
I'm the biggest T-Rob fan around but he's not 6'10, he's 6'7.75 w/out shoes, how is that 6'10? Rounded up w/shoes he's 6'9 and that's a stretch. I love what he brings, but I DON'T want him to be the #2 pick because he's not the kind of guy that can carry a team or be a focal point on offense.
Would be a terrible fit for the bobcats. They will expect too much from him, and as Chilbert said he's not that kind of guy, I see him playin a perfect role on the kings playin along side. Cousins so he doesn't need to produce too much offensively.
You gotta go Harrison Barnes if you ask me, someone who will give some light to a team thats pitch blak with talent and star power. Barnes will win rookie of the year if he goes to the bobcats, hell get so many shot attempts it would help him grow as a player and the bobcats as a team.
Drummond wouldnt be a bad pick. This pick ensures that they get a top 5 pick again next year. The Bulls get the Bobcats 1rst pick as soon as they are not bad, its protected top 14,12, 10 and then unprotected in 2016. This is at least a four year plan before they even can dream of making the playoffs. Drummond is a long term project and they are a long term project. Personally I would call Portland about 6 and 11 because one of the second tier guys is going be their at 6, T.Rob, Barnes, Beal, MKG and Drummond. If I were Charlotte I would take which ever is left. If T.Rob, Barnes or Drummond can be had with J. Lamb or Rivers. 2 starters are better than one and Charlotte needs 4 or 5 of them. How many teams would Walker and Henderson be a 6th man, maybe 24 or more. Trade 2 for 6 and 11. Also to sweeten it for Portland give us either Wes Matthews ( if you want Beal) or 40 and 41 and we will throw in 31. That first pick of the second round is going to net some team a future first rounder. Whoever falls from the 1rst round (like Sullinger, Wroten, Melo, Q Miller, Fournier) in the draft is going to be a commodity.
They are still in Phase 1 of Phase 1 of their rebuilding plan.
Harrison Barnes is the safe pick. Offensively you know what you are going to get . He is also alright defensively and he has a high bball IQ. Bobcats like Henderson so taking Beal even though Beal is nice would not be wise. Thomas Robinson may be good and could be a good pick but what do you Biyombo. I am not sold on these two guys being able to play together. Also they could still move Tyrus Thomas for Blatche who you know is a 18pt 10rb player instead of gambling on the draft. Blatche can also play some Center which Robinson can not. You can easily play both Blatche and Biyombo together.
MKG and Robinson...what you see is what you get.
I think T-Rob is the safest pick. He's a great rebounder with a high motor, so that aspect will definitely translate. He'll also prosduce solidly on offense because he has athleticism, strength, and agression, and his jumper is solid.
The Bobcats have proven there is no safe when it comes to us. Our best case scenario is a trade of some sorts that will help us accrue assets whether thats trading down with Cleveland or Portland for picks or trading with someone else for a pick and a young veteran. We are going to likely be among the leagues worst teams for a few years so slowly building a solid team that can steadily compete in the future requires patience and making smart moves. So I guess the answer is no one is the safe pick so they should pick someone whom they believe will be a cornerstone for the future.
I hope for the city of Charlotte's sake they make a good choice. Andre Drummond obviously has big upside, but he also has some big question marks and I don't think Charlotte is willing to risk it. In my personal opinion I think there are three prospects that would be good for Charlotte to pick:
1. Thomas Robinson - big, athletic, can score in the paint...he brings the team things they definitely need and is a safe selection.
2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - team player, great effort, good rebounder, very athletic. He has a ton of great intangilbe skills, but I think Charlotte passes on him particularly since they dealt away Gerald Wallace a few years ago and MKG and Wallace's games are similar.
3. Harrison Barnes - UNC product, who turns out to be far more athletic than initially believed, he obviously can shoot, and plays well with/without the ball. Biggest danger for him is the potential pressure of being a UNC player in Charlotte.
Honorable mention Bradley Beal. He has a lot of the same skills as Harrison Barnes in terms of shooting. The Bobcats seem happy with Gerald Henderson at the 2 guard, but who knows.
With Rich Cho the former Thunder assistant general manager at the helm, I expect to see some turn around this year from the Bobcats.
the SAFEST picks would have to be in this order
You gotta go with Barnes. He fills their most glaring weakness at SF, and will at least be a nice scorer in the league and maybe much more. Complements Henderson well in my opinion, who looks like he will be their answer at the 2 sport for now. Point guard position is in ok shape with Kemba Walker even if there are still questions. That leaves the big men: Drummond is obviously a very risky pick, not sure it's a wise move with another player who is ready now, and has a lot of upside himself (Barnes). Thomas Robinson would be a nice player to have, but doesn't come measure up to Barnes in terms of star potential and marketability. Barnes is the guy, and I think Jordan and co. knows it too. They are just doing their due-diligence. I suppose they could see something in special in Drummond that they think will make him reach his potential, but I doubt it.
I think the only safe pick for the Bobcats are the ones that don't result in fans saying "Oh, we expected more from the No. 2 overall pick" five years down the road. That being said, I think the Bobcats should trade down. By trading down (either 6 & 11 from Portland or 4 & 24 from Cleveland), it will take the pressure off of Charlotte's pick to help deliver the team from their losing ways.
Think about it...Robinson is a great, fundamental player, but there isn't a wow factor to his game. He doesn't play above the rim as much as he should or could, and he could easily turn into the next Tyrus Thomas for the Cats, something every Charlotte fan would dread.
MKG has incredible athleticism, but with such a hiccup in his release, who's to say he's ever going to be a polished offensive player? SF is the most important position on the court (i.e. 2012 Finals...Durant and James...) and needs to be able to do it "all" (off, def, lead, run the floor, etc.). There's no guarantee that MKG will develop a fully functioning jumpshot on the offensive end, and I don't see him turning into the next low-post-LeBron threat.
Barnes solves your scoring problem, but people critique his defense. Last I saw, defense wins championships, and Barnes sometimes just seems to coast from one end of the floor to the other, allowing his teammates to do all the dirty work before he simply spots up and shoots. Also, he may have jumped out of the gym at the combine, but how often does he show that explosiveness on the court?
Drummond...I don't even know why I'd have to explain this, but still: he's not ready. Charlotte would like to turn the franchise around sometime in the next 5 to 10 years, not 15 to 20. Drummond can be great, but Charlotte wouldn't be a great fit for him.
People have been saying this entire time that the talent between picks 2 and 6 is roughly the same. With that in mind, Charlotte should do themselves a favor: if someone seriously wants to move up and draft Drummond (a.k.a. Portland) or Beal (a.k.a. Cleveland), take their offer to move down. It would alleviate the pressure off of the No. 2 pick, get rid of that "savior/franchise player" trash before it even starts, and set Charlotte up to get a great talent at either 4 or 6, and another solid player at either 11 or 24 in what is turning out to be a very deep draft class.
James Harden did not look that athletic in college but tested well at the combine and also is playing athletically in the NBA. Also Barnes played within the team concept. You can't fault him for that. Also most rookies had to work on their defense. That is one skill that can be worked on. Lebron sucked at D when he came in. Durant was bad at D for a while but now he is alright and I know if a few years he could be great.
College is college. MKG will have to work on his defense in the NBA too, he may pick it up quicker but I am sure Barnes shooting and average defense should keep him on the floor enough to put up 18 pt and open up the floor for team mates.
Everybody says T rob is the pick like he didn't struggle against jared and davis head to head. Players with(quality players) size and strength advantages negate Robinson.So Either keep the pick and draft barnes or trade the pick for a package of assets or give it up with with kemba for a player like a josh smith. Drummond is out of the question you dont take a player with ?????? top 2 nor do you take a player who cant stay out of foul trouble.