Why the Charlotte Bobcats Face the Most Pressure Heading in to NBA Draft

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 19, 2012

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The Charlotte Bobcats could be the one team in the entire league that face the most pressure in terms of having a small margin of error when it comes to what they should do with the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

Why would they be under a lot of pressure?

For starters, they finished the 2011-12 NBA season with the worst overall record. After such a season, they need to make sure that they are going in the right direction.

Secondly, the Bobcats roster contains a lot of young talent that is rather raw, so the losing can potentially have more of a mental (negative) effect on younger players compared to that of seasoned veterans who have been in the league long enough to experience both winning and losing.

If they do decide to keep the second overall pick, who should they draft? If they are not going to keep the pick and decide to trade it, what should they get in return? Could they move a contract for another draft pick?

Additionally, what moves can the team make in free agency that will allow it to right the ship onto the path of success?

The Bobcats have the expiring contracts of Corey Maggette ($10,924,138), DeSagana Diop ($7,372,200) and Matt Carroll (3,500,000) that they can use in potential trades either before the start of the 2012-13 NBA season or closer to the trade deadline in 2013.

It would make sense for the team to move such contracts for veteran talent in order provide more balance to their roster. Many teams will be interested in acquiring expiring contracts in order to create financial flexibility and free up cap space for the future.

At the end of the day, the Bobcats front office has to find a way to make the team more competitive, and that can be done by providing more balance to the roster. The Bobcats needs to bring in the right mix of players in order to have a shot at winning games on a nightly basis.

At this moment, there are more questions than answers for the Bobcats.