Bobcats will pick #2 overall; How to weather the storm « Queen City Hoops

Bobcats will pick #2 overall; How to weather the storm

This certainly isn’t how any of us saw it playing out in our perfect little worlds, but now the lingering doubt has reared it ugly face as the Bobcats miss out on Anthony Davis and the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA draft.

You will read article-after-article about how the Bobcats are now set back 5+ years because of the lottery result tonight and I can’t say I’d necessarily disagree with any of them, but the fact is that Rich Cho, Michael Jordan and the Bobcats organization must find a player to make this team better NOW…with the number two selection.

It’s going to take commitment from the front office.

There are options here. The Bobcats don’t even have to necessarily use the pick- trading it is always an option and the possibility of this will be thrown around in the next month. Trading the pick is an interesting topic, but for now it doesn’t seem like this pick carries a whole lot of value. Of course all of that could change in the next month between draft workouts/combines.

I have played this scenario over in my head many times and gone on record saying I thought the Bobcats would take Thomas Robinson if they were to be stuck at number two. #mce_temp_url#

Since then, I have changed my stance and now believe Charlotte’s best fit would be Bradley Beal from Florida. This team needs a guy that can score in more ways than one more than any other need on the roster. Sure, they need everything and that’s well documented, but until any team can put the ball in the hoop, or at least count on someone to create a shot for themselves on a regular basis how can you serious expect to compete? Beal is a guy who can score around the basket and also isn’t afraid to go after rebounds on a regular basis. At only 6’5, Beal averaged 6.7 RPG last season at Florida. He only shot 34% from behind the arc, which was surprising considering he was drawing comparisons to Ray Allen out of high school, but the kid can shoot and no GM in this league is going to deny that ability in Beal.

This is a frustrated post that is full of forced optimism, but don’t let the broken lottery system bring you to your knees and proclaim this franchise dead. Everyone may project that Anthony Davis is the only sure thing in this draft, but nobody knows for sure and at the end of the day that’s what this front office must focus on.

Tonight may have denied the Bobcats the luxury of picking the first player in the 2012 NBA draft, but it didn’t necessarily deny them from drafting a franchise changing player. The Hornets will count on Anthony Davis to bring them a fabulous return in their investment and the Bobcats will do the exact same thing with whoever they select at number two. When we all go to sleep tonight that’s all we know for sure, but remember this- no one knows what the future of this draft will hold.

13 comments to Bobcats will pick #2 overall; How to weather the storm

  • Dan

    Hey, http://espn.go.com/nba/draft is showing that the Bobcats have the number nine pick in addition to the number two pick. I have not seen any reports of a trade. Is this a mistake, or did Charlotte make a move that has just not been reported yet?

  • Jason

    Queen City dont need to overreact the deep. All Jordan and Cho need to do is draft MKG Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, his game is so similar to Dwayne Wade. Charlotte need a guy that can attack the rim and create his own shot. The only player on the current roster that can do that is Kemba but kemba is a 6 foot point guard. Charlotte desperately needs MKG.

  • Eric

    Jordan please find some kind of a way to pick jeremy lamb i dont know about #2 but please get him

  • Eric

    yeah gilghrist is good to

  • Adam

    Harrison Barnes….all the ceiling in the world

  • I think that Robinson would be great at #2, though Michael Kidd-Gilcrest is probably the second-best player in this draft. He can defend four out of the five positions on the court. Plus he’s a hard worker…

  • Spencer

    To be clear- there isn’t a whole lot of difference in Beal, Robinson & MKG as far as who will make a more immediate impact. What separates Beal from the rest, to me, is that he’s got a higher ceiling because of his versatile skill set. He’s only 18 as well, which is also a plus to me if I’m making the pick.

  • Edmond

    Bradley beal or MKG. Robinson has too many red flags defensively it seems. Drummond would seem like a solid pick, but his lack of character, work ethic, and demeanor is the last thing the bobcats need. I would really like to see Drummond wearing bobcats colors but we don’t need another Tyrus Thomas.. The team needs more high energy, hard working, players to rejuvenate the team and the fans that attend the games. I wonder if our future head coach would move Gerald Henderson to SF if we draft Bradley beal.

  • Samantha

    I really like Beal but that’s just me. This is a pretty good video on what the Bobcats could do at #2.Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has some good thoughts. http://bit.ly/M7Jven

  • charlottean

    I don’t see how beal is a good fit you have a legit 2 guard in henderson so unless you think beal is head and shoulders above everybody else AND henderson, you’re forcing the wrong trade. I like beal but having henderson is conflicting.

    I think the right move is trade back for 2 picks, get barnes or beal 4-7 and then move up from 31 to late first round and get either quincy miller or fab melo. Quincy miller is going to be a stud for a playoff team and that is scary. Watch the lakers get that dude and he becomes the heir. The injury turned him from a top 5 pick to a fringe 1st rounder. Thats the kinda guy you take a chance on.

    While i see the appeal in mkg, barnes looked way better as a freshman Or as a soph than mkg did this past year and both played on pretty stacked teams. Barnes is the safest pick in the draft in my eyes. Somewhere between mashburn and rice.

  • brick

    Guys, come on. Thomas robinson?!? he has no future in the nba, you can take that to the bank. Undersized big men who dominate only based on size advantages in college will not make it on the next level. He is not blake griffin. Beal, MKG, or even Barnes before robinson.. sheesh. Haven’t we picked enough bust national players of the year.

  • SDS

    brick-lol he in an athletic monster, he could play the 3…he has extremly good ball handling skills for being a power foward in this league and has a good mid range jumper that is improving yearly, plus he has the drive to be better then anyone else because of what has happened in his life and that fact that he needs to support his little sister…Robinson is going to be good, not great thoguh, but he is going to be a good starter get that straight…….lol, Beal isn’t what we need at all, unless we make henderson a sf all we need is more positions with too many playes, augustine and kemba cant both be on the floor, neither can henderson and beal sadly…….MKG makes sense since we have only maggette who will be gone next year, Brown maybe who is a role player, MKG could start,beal idk with henderson their…

    i say we need to trade down, pick up a perry jones then trade are 2nd up and try to get Fab Melo, Perry adds in ALOT of size and athleticism and can be a monster at sf due to his height, Fab gives a true defensive center, Bismack just isn’t big enoguh to be a monster down low all by himself, exspecially with mullens on the floow who counts as like a quarter of a normal defender…

    The reason why i say perry jones is because one he gives us a huge mismatch offensivly, he is a big ass small foward where very few players can defend, that length and size is extremly hard to guard for anyone, i didn;t say mkg because i dont think he will be their, and i want something more then a spot up shooter like Barnes…who is only going to be average at alot of stuff other then maybe the 3