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NBA Draft gets interesting starting with Bobcats’ hard choice

May 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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Charlotte lost big in the NBA Draft Lottery.

You can say they only fell one space — they had the worst record, now they pick No. 2 — but that is a big fall from the nearly sure-fire Anthony Davis to a bigger risk.

Who do the Bobcats take starts to shape an entire draft — there are some very good players out there, but some with the highest ceilings come with the highest risks.

If you’re the Bobcats and need help, do you swing for the fences on the talented but mercurial Andre Drummond, or do you play it with one of the safer, steadier picks.

Our man Steve Alexander, who does mock drafts for Rotoworld, currently has the Bobcats taking Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2. CSNPhilly.com makes the same guess. Kidd-Gilchrist fills a need (well, every spot is a need for the Bobcats) and no doubt he is both talented and will work well in the NBA because of his effort and energy.

DraftExpress has the Bobcats taking Kansas’s power forward Thomas Robinson with the No. 2 pick (and Kidd-Gilchrist going No. 3 to the Wizards to pair with John Wall). Robinson is a very athletic, physical rebounding force with a good jumper, who can both score and defend. Bill Self compared him to Paul Millsap (who should have been an All-Star last year), I think he can be a better, bigger version. Thing is, he also is a little safe because you know he is going to be good.

But if you’re the Bobcats in need of a radical change to your franchise’s fortunes, don’t you take a swing on a the potential greatness of Andre Drummond of UConn? It’s a risk, and certainly Michael Jordan should be averse to talking risky big men with a high pick. And Drummond is a project that will take a few years to come along. But that’s what the Lakers took with Andrew Bynum and he has developed into the second best center in the NBA.

From there, the question is will teams pick to fill a need or take the best player on the board. Personally I think you take the best player — talent wins games. I’d rather have the “problem” of two great point guards as opposed to one great PG and one solid small forward. You draft talent, you can make things fit or move players later.

Looking down the draft board, things get interesting.

From Rotoworld’s Alexander:

3. Washington Wizards – Harrison Barnes (SF North Carolina)
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Brad Beal (SG Florida)
5. Sacramento Kings – Thomas Robinson (PF Kansas)
6. Portland Trailblazers– Jeremy Lamb (SG UConn)
7. Golden State Warriors – Andre Drummond (C UConn)
8. Toronto Raptors – Dion Waiters (SG Syracuse)
9. Detroit Pistons – Perry Jones (PF Baylor)
10. New Orleans Hornets – Damian Lillard (PG Weber State)

DraftExpress rounds out this way:

3. Washington Wizards – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF Kentucky)
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Brad Beal (SG Florida)
5. Sacramento Kings – Andre Drummond (C UConn)
6. Portland Trailblazers– Jared Sullinger (PF Ohio State)
7. Golden State Warriors – Harrison Barnes (SF North Carolina)
8. Toronto Raptors – – Jeremy Lamb (SG UConn)
9. Detroit Pistons – John Henson (PF North Carolina)
10. New Orleans Hornets – Damian Lillard (PG Weber State)

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I have them taking Thomas Robinson also. Makes sense. He’s ready made and doesn’t have that long curve that typical 4′s and 5′s have. Kidd-Gilchrist will get exposed. He should have stayed in school.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they take Drummond, but judging by how aloof and invisible he was in several of our games this past year, they better have the right coach in place. Maybe Jordan can hire Pat in THAT capacity — to coach up the big men, because Charlotte is rudderless with their frontcourt wandering aimlessly all game.

  2. 303bengalguy - May 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    There’s no way Portland drafts another Buckeye right now… especially one akin to Sean May in terms of NBA potential (Buckeye fan who’s not enamored w/ Sully here, if you couldn’t tell)…

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      Sullinger is definitely another Sean May. Undersized, slow afoot (for the NBA players he will be guarding) and his weight is an issue.

  3. digitaldonnie - May 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Cavs GM Chris Grant hinted at the possibility of #4 and #24 to move up to 2. Then Charlotte can grab Drummond there and add a shooter @24.

    • tampajoey - May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      No way! Drummond doesn’t play hard and will be headache for any team that reaches for him. Future BUST!

  4. aboogy123456 - May 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Pleasssse Wizards take Beal. They need a two guard to pair with john wall, and someone to lead the team in scoring to take the pressure off wall and help him become better. That would be a sick combo, and harrison barnes really isn’t that good.

  5. general74 - May 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    If the Cavs stick at 4 they will take Sully hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with another Ohio Native. This will set the Cavs back another 4 or 5 years though because like the other Buckeye fan mentioned I don’t think Sully will be very good in the NBA.

  6. abchome - May 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Just stay away from whoever Jordan would like to pick!

    • dacapt704 - May 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      thats gettin pretty old man..contrary to what barkley and them say, MJ hasnt made a draft pick in 3 seasons! Larry Brown was responsible for the DJ Augustin/Ajinca debacle and Rod Higgins and company drafted Henderson who was the best available the following year. Last summer’s draft was under the guidance of the new mgmt (lead by Rich Cho) although MJ did want Kemba but..who else would we have drafted at that spot?

      Hindsight makes a lot of ppl look like geniuses….

  7. bigmeechy74 - May 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I know it is easy information to look up, and i will, but i think it is ridiculous to write an article about the draft and not mention the date it’s on

  8. lakerluver - May 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    If MJ has final say on the pick he’s almost sure to be a bust. Then again, maybe he learned from his previous draft choices. I think another player (or two) in this draft besides Davis is gonna be a superstar too.

  9. rajbais - May 31, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Mock drafts are garbage!!!!

    It’s not where players go!!! It’s the thoroughness and deserved rankings of the players!!!

  10. 21stnprime - May 31, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Take the local kid Barnes!

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