Bobcats to pick 9th and 19th in Draft; now what? « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats to pick 9th and 19th in Draft; now what?

The Bobcats were not surprised when they heard their name called in  the 9th slot on Tuesday night in the draft lottery and know that the  pick will all depend on who is still available in one of the weakest  drafts the league has seen in a long time.

“We know how important this draft is to our future,” said Bobcats  general manager Rod Higgins.

Charlotte now stares the Gerald Wallace trade right in the face as they prepare to decide what to do with their extra first round draft pick. The Bobcats could try and move one of the picks in a package deal to get rid of more salary from the current roster or they could try and move up in the draft if there is a player they’re falling in love with and feel as if he will be off the board by #9. Charlotte could also decide to stay right where they are and figure out a way to draft the two players they believe could help them become an eastern conference contender in the future. One thing is for sure, the team will work out a whole lot of players between now and the June 23rd draft to get a better idea of which direction to go in.

Many early mock drafts have the Bobcats taking Donatas Montiejunas, a 7’0 Lithuanian who found his groove this past season and was the second most efficient scorer in the Italian Lega A, arguably the best league in Europe. Much is still to be found out about Montiejunas game because of his lack of aggressiveness, physical presence and willingness to consistently play basketball but don’t be fooled by his negatives because this guy can flat out score. Montiejunas can play inside and out as he shot 66% from 2-point range and 46% from behind the arc this past season. He has great touch with the basketball and understands the game fully. Montiejunas has received some Gasol/Bargnani comparisons because he shows flashes of both players on the offensive end but defensively the jury is definitely still out on this guy and to play in the NBA as a consistent force he will have to show some defensive qualities and willingness. An early guess would have me saying the Bobcats will take him with the 9th pick if he’s there because of the teams desperate need for big man that can score.

The 19th pick will also draw a lot of attention in this draft because of the potential big names that will still be available at this stage of the draft. Three names that I would keep an eye on here for Charlotte are Chris Singleton, Jimmer Fredette and Reggie Jackson.

Singleton is a lock down defender that will immediately make an impact on the next level and could also develop Stephen Jackson like offensive ability with the correct maturation.

Everyone pretty much knows what Fredette is; a lights out shooter that cannot be given any space on the offensive end, but the question that still remains is how will his game translate to the next level without the ball being in his hands nearly as much as it was at BYU?

I believe Reggie Jackson is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft as I got to see this guy twice last season in person with Boston College. At 6’3 he’s the perfect size for a PG in this league and has court vision/distributing the basketball skills that are second to only Kyrie Irving in this draft. Scouts worry about his transition to the PG role in the NBA because of the fact that he took on such a large scoring role at Boston College and so he’s perceived as a “score first” guard. I think Jackson could be a starting PG in the future on many NBA teams and believe he’s worth the risk at #19 if available.

I’ve provided you with some of the best ideas I have early with how this draft will play out for the Bobcats. A lot is to be determined with what they will do with their two first round picks but the lottery is now behind us and the countdown begins to draft day with just over a month to go.

12 comments to Bobcats to pick 9th and 19th in Draft; now what?

  • I actually like Reggie Jackson at 19th as well but at 9th you have to take the best player available. This draft does not have a lot of star power.

    • ranier

      Montiejunas could be a great pick at #9. i think he could start for the bobcats right away at center. another idea for MJ is this: milwaukee is looking to trade jennings right? how about packaging our #19 pick plus augustin and jackson for the bucks’ 10th overall pick, jennings, and salmons…with that route we could easily take the morris twins..

  • Mo Wood

    Big fan of Motiejunas at #9. Brings in scoring and and depth at the centre position. Get Oakley to work with him on his defence, strength and all round attitude and we could get lucky.

    I like the idea of Jimmer if he’s available at #19 with Silas ‘shoot or sit next to me’ coaching style. He could at least bring in some fans. Other options I like are Nogueira, Nolan Smith, Klay Thompson or Faried.

    #39 Selby, Vucevic, Bertans, Richmond, Brooks, I.Thomas, if available in that order.

  • I THINK THEY SHOULD TRADE UP, SEE IF THEY CAN TRADE WITH MINNSOTA HERE AND GET DERRICK WILLIAMS, THEY SHOULD GIVE UP STEPHEN JACKSON AND THE 19TH PICK AND BORIS DIAW EXPIRING CONTRACT (KEEP THE 9TH PICK
    NO MATTER WHAT) THE 9TH PICK CAN NOT BE FOR SALE I THINK WE COULD GET LUCKY HERE AND GET KEMBA WALKER OR ALEC BURKS OR ONE OF THE MORRIS TWINS HERE, BUT THE 19TH PICK IS THE ONLY PICK THEY SHOULD GIVE UP TO MOVE UP, BECAUSE GIVEN UP BOTH FOR THE TWO SPOT WOULD BE CRAZY AND POOR MANAGEMENT OF THE DRAFT, ANY MOVE UP SHOULD BE FROM 2ND OR 5TH PICK AND ONLY IF YOU CAN THROW IN STEPHEN JACKSON OR DIAW OR BOTH FOR CAP RELIEF

  • D. Surles

    Motiejunas at 9.. The 7-footer from Lithuania has a ton of potential.. I mean this guy could be dirk with ballhandling skills.. With the next pick i feel that we should go with a Chris Singleton or Kenneth Faried (if they are available), Markieff Morris or JaJuan Johnson.. All ptiontial combo forwards.. Singleton has the most upside but could go higher with a nice combine recently.. All have astonishing resumes and higher talent than accredited.. With the second round pick Travis Leslie, Jordan Williams, Shelvin Mack, Charles Jenkins, Jon Leur, Keith Benson, Demitri McCamey, Norris Cole, Jamie Skeen…. Now’s the time to take a shot on someone who may be low on the draft boards, but showed flashes of brilliance on the court.. A hard worker who is a basketball mind i.e. Manu Ginobili also taken in the second round if im not mistaken.. This is where depth and foundations of teams are built.. The Milwuakee Bucks could be looking to trade Brandon Jennings and John Salmons.. Dj Augustin and Boris Diaw can be moved along with the 19th and second round pick or cash, gives us 2 starters and makes our starting lineup Jennings Salmons Jackson Thomas and Motiejunas.. Now that is an amazing cast with Henderson Brown and Livingston providing depth on the 5th seed in next years playoff team.. If only MJ still had 30 minutes a night in him

  • jsn23nc

    I agree with Rashon. I think the Panthers should try to move up to the No. 2 spot so they can get Derrick Williams

  • D. Surles

    Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson have both shown they can hold down tne fort at SG and SF.. Derrick Williams is amazing in the paint from the SF aspect, but lacking in any real skill set at PF.. While Derrick Williams would be an amazing pick up, we have more pressing issues.. We have almost zero production offensively at center, and always have.. Thats why i went the Motiejunas route.. If we were to trade up the smartest route is Enes Kanter.. He can score, defend, he’s athletic, and has what most international players dont, a fire that jumps out at you.. A Blake Griffin/Tyler Hansbrough like intensity that doesnt allow him to quit and makes him one of 4 cant miss prospects in this draft..

  • Rapsfan

    “Montiejunas has received some Gasol/Bargnani comparisons because he shows flashes of both players on the offensive end but defensively the jury is definitely still out on this guy and to play in the NBA as a consistent force he will have to show some defensive qualities and willingness”

    I will tell you… as a Raptors fan that has watched Andrea Bargnani for 5 years…. you do not want anything that is like him. NOTHING LIKE HIM.

    Reroll the tapes and watch a few Raptors games….. IF Montiejunas is even remotely like Andrea Bargnani, you want the Cats to avoid him like he has leprosy. There is a reason the Toronto Raptors have the worst defense in the league 2 years running.

    • D. Surles

      Agreed. The difference is Bargnani will take games off defensively. Montiejunas is definitely lack luster on D but say there’s 50 posessions on defense in a game he’ll take 10 of those off, 5 of which may not even run through his defender. Not saying that’s ideal but Ive suffered for too long with no offensive production from any big man but a seldom used Tyrus Thomas, and a streaky and inconsistent Boris Diaw… Offensively I disagree with the comparison slightly. He’s just a good a shooter, give or take a percentage, as Andrea. While they are similar in rebounding skill and instincts, which is not good, the comparison stops there.. He has put in much work on his post moves, an area tha Barngnani lacks skill. Which is where the Gasol comparisons roll in. Which i dont mind if Gasol was an excellent ball handler or was as intense and focused every night on the offensive end, an area that Montiejunas shows promise.. Who are the most successful big men in the league? Ones that can take u out of your game.. Dirk, Dwight, Shaq, Amare, Aldridge.. Dwight does it with defense and athleticism. Shaq with sheer size and a knack for scoring. Dirk is an offensive genious. Aldridge with an all around game. Amare is not known for defense, but he’ll put up 40 a night on u. Point being, if he plays like he should offensively, he’ll find a home in the nba.. Stick him beside a defensive big man and the bobcats will work miracles next year

  • Samberg

    I like Donatas at 9 and Jimmer at 19. The Bobcats also could use some star power. His Airness should use his influences and try to convince paul or someone to come into charlotte and make a splash in the lukewarm pool that is the national basketball association.

  • will

    Better take Reggie Jackson at #19 if he is available. You will regret it if you don’t. He can start at the point right now for the bobcats. I don’t even think pick 9 is a strech for him!!

  • josh and charles

    I agree 100%. nice work mr. percy