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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Breaking Down Who Bobcats Should Pick No. 2 Overall

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22:  Patric Young #4 and Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators react while taking on the Marquette Golden Eagles during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 1, 2012

The Charlotte Bobcats were screwed out of the No. 1 pick after having the worst NBA season in the long and, sometimes, pathetic history of the league.

Now, the organization has to give up on their Anthony Davis dreams and pick up the pieces if they want to move on.

GM Rich Cho and his scouts must begin brainstorming on which remaining prospect will have the biggest and most immediate impact on their franchise. Here’s a few they are likely to decide between and a suggestion on who the ‘Cats should take.

 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Many regard MKG as the second-best prospect in this draft, but does he fit with the roster in Charlotte?

The answer is no.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a great secondary or tertiary option on an established team, but he will struggle with the Bobcats, as they have no primary scorer.

He does all of the little things well and plays great defense, but the Kentucky product is not the offensive threat that Cho should select.

 

Harrison Barnes

Team owner Michael Jordan was a great scorer at UNC, and it might be extremely hard for him to pass on another player of that mold in Barnes, but the bottom line is that he should.

Barnes just doesn’t have the same upside, which became apparent when he didn’t improve much from his freshman to sophomore season with the Tar Heels.

He’s talented at putting the ball through the basket and playing some defense, but it does not seem like the young man will become as big of a star as this next player…

 

Bradley Beal

This is the prospect that the Bobcats must pick. Beal developed the skills to become a superstar in the NBA over the course of his freshman year at Florida.

He’s got the ability to nail a three-pointer with regularity out to 35 feet, the muscle and frame to repeatedly get to the hoop and absorb contact and can create his own shot.

The former Gator is practically a lock to be an elite player and future All-Star. Charlotte could do no wrong by drafting him.

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