The Charlotte Bobcats should take Bradley Beal with the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft because he is the second-best player available.
Beal averaged 14.8 points and 6.7 rebounds for Florida last season. He is an all-round talent who can affect the game in several different ways.
ESPN’s Jay Bilas raved about him and said, “He's an excellent athlete. He can defend. He's a very good guard rebounder. He rebounds at a high rate for a two-guard, and he shoots very well,” via Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
One of the concerns surround Beal was his size, but his official measurements at the combine put those worries to rest. According to CBSports.com, he measured in at just under 6’5” with a 6’8” wingspan.
This does not give him great size for the position, but he will not be considered a small shooting guard by any means.
Beal is a terrific scorer who has range out past the NBA three-point line. He has an extremely quick release and knows how to use his shooting ability to get defenders off-balance.
His athleticism helps him finish at the rim and play tough defense, and he is an elite talent, even if he is not an ideal fit for the Bobcats’ current roster.
The team already has Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, D.J. Augustin in the backcourt. But Augustin is a point guard and Walker will have to learn to play that position if he is going to have success at the pro level, while Henderson will never be a franchise player.
Even with Charlotte's recent trade to bring in Ben Gordon, which was reported by ESPN's Chad Ford, drafting Beal is the right move. Although the two players are similar, Gordon is also not a franchise player.
Beal has the potential to be a cornerstone who can be paired with another star to form the core of a competitive team. Besides Davis, there is not another player like that in the draft.
The soon-to-be 19-year-old does it all on the court. He does not have any weak spots in his game and, because he came out of college after just one year, is still improving.
The Bobcats need to make their pick based on value and not team needs. If they follow that strategy, Beal is the logical choice.
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