NBA Draft Predictions: Whatever Bobcats Do with No. 2 Pick, It Will Be Dumb

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJune 27, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. Kansas won 80-67. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As Thursday's NBA draft nears, no team is in a worse spot than Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats, coming off a season in which they set an NBA record for futility by posting a .106 winning percentage, need to make moves during the draft to fill plenty of holes, but the problem is that any move they make will likely be looked at as a dumb move.

First of all, there's the Jordan factor and the fact that MJ just doesn't have a solid reputation for making wise personnel decisions.

Judging by the better part of the last decade, if something can go wrong here, it likely will if Jordan has any input in the decision.

Then there's the pick in itself.

No one wanted to be No. 2 in this draft with Kentucky's Anthony Davis a lock to be No. 1. That's especially true for a team that won only seven games in 2012 and finished the season by losing 23 games in a row.

But here's why Jordan and company will be perceived as dumb.

If the Bobcats stay at No. 2, it's rumored that Jordan likes Kansas' Thomas Robinson (via Broderick Turner of The Chicago Tribune), a player that I personally love. But he's also a player that the Bobcats could likely get a couple spots lower.

If Charlotte takes Robinson at No. 2 (or any other player, for that matter), they look dumb for not acquiring as many picks as possible to attempt to fill.

If they do what could be the smarter thing and trade down, they also look dumb for leaving a player such as Bradley Beal sitting on the table for them at No. 2.

While I like Robinson, Beal has the chance to become a franchise-type player, which is something Charlotte needs badly.

Beal is the type of prospect for whom the Bobcats should be able to net a quality player plus a couple of picks, and it doesn't look like the Bobcats have that type of deal in place.

As he's proven in the past, anytime Jordan is involved in a big decision involving a player, it has a pretty good chance of not working out very well.

But to his defense, MJ is in a spot where he almost can't win.

Come Thursday night, the Bobcats will probably look dumb no matter what they decide to do.