NBA Draft 2012 Projections: Charlotte Bobcats Should Pass on Bradley Beal

Oren FriedmanCorrespondent IIJune 28, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 18:  Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators smiles on the bench late in the second half against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 18, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NBA Draft fast approaching, the Charlotte Bobcats will have to resist the temptation to select Florida phenom Bradley Beal with the No. 2 pick.

The Gator guard's stock has skyrocketed in the last week, making him a legitimate contender to be selected second in this year's draft.

However if the Bobcats intend on expediting their rebuilding process, Charlotte needs a player that can have an instant impact on the court. There are better options available. Why?


Beal's play is too similar to that of Ben Gordon

In a trade sending swingman Corey Maggette to Detroit, the Bobcats made an intriguing move to acquire the sharp shooting Ben Gordon.

With two expensive years left on his contract, Gordon will be relied on as the consummate professional and veteran leader for the woeful Bobcats.

Unless a buyout occurs, Charlotte will not be paying top dollar to keep Gordon on the bench next season. Thus, selecting Beal would only create a logjam in the backcourt with Gordon and the up-and-coming Kemba Walker.

Physically, Gordon and Beal are almost the same player. Gordon is 6'3" and 200 pounds, while Beal is 6'4" and 202 pounds. 


BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 15:  Ben Gordon #8 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after he is called for a technical foul in the second half against the Boston Celtics on February 15, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Detroit Pistons defeated the Bosto
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Both have play making abilities but thrive as a shoot-first guard. They both possess the range and driving capabilities to put up points in a hurry.

Selecting Beal with the No. 2 pick would be imprudent and reflect poorly on precocious General Manager Rich Cho. 

If the Bobcats plan on playing a legitimate five man rotation, presumably featuring Gordon and Walker, then Charlotte would be wise to pass up on Beal.


In the search for someone more established

With Walker, forward Gerald Henderson and big man Bismack Biyombo, the Bobcats have a nice core of young players.

While the team has underperformed, they are still on the rise and will benefit from Gordon's veteran leadership.

Here the Bobcats would be smart to continue entertaining offers for that coveted No. 2 pick.'s Andy Katz reported that the Bobcats were discussing five different deals for the No. 2 selection.

Likely a combination of a draft pick and an established player, the deal could prove dividends in the short or long-term for Charlotte.

Would the No. 12 pick and Rockets' PG Kyle Lowry be enough for the Cats to part ways with the No. 2 pick?

If the Bobcats are not set on Beal, then a deal like this makes sense.

Charlotte should not rush the rebuilding process, but if it has an opportunity to get better while retaining its youth, then Cho and owner Michael Jordan would be clever to do so.


There are better draft options

This draft pool is as deep as ever, and even without Anthony Davis, the Bobcats can select a bona fide young gun.

With holes at nearly every position, the Bobcats could benefit from almost any of this year's prospects. 

Having traded Maggette, Charlotte should take a long look at Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

At 6'7" and 233 pounds, Kidd-Gilchrist could be the perfect starter at small forward next season.

Kidd-Gilchrist is a hard-nosed defender with the athleticism to flourish in the run-and-gun game. His ceiling is through the roof and would make an instant impact on the court for the young Bobcats.

Alternatively, Charlotte should also consider taking Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson.

With Tyrus Thomas continuing to under-perform, the Bobcats could get their hands on an offensive stud in the Jayhawk forward.

Known for his motor and drive, Robinson is the type of player that leaves it all out on the court. His intangibles are tremendous and one of the chief reasons that Kansas made it to the championship in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

In forging an identity, the Bobcats need character. Robinson's heart and prowess could make him an instant leader for the Cats.

With many botched picks over the years, Charlotte needs to make a pick that fits into both its short-term and long-term plans.

Despite Bradley Beal's impressive resume and stellar game, Charlotte needs to consider all of its options and resist the urge to pull the trigger on the Florida guard.