I love the NBA draft. I hate that the Bobcats have been a high-lottery team two years in a row, but I'm happy they at least didn't finish with the worst record in the league, even if that does mean a smaller chance at the No. 1 overall pick.
This draft isn't that strong, and even the top pick is up in the air. Plus it's not like they have no chance at all—the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) had a 13.7 percent chance (fourth highest) to land the top overall pick in 2012, and they still came away the winners. The Bobcats will still have nearly a 20-percent chance, compared to the Orlando Magic's 25-percent chance.
There are some very important things to take into account while reading this article as a Charlotte Bobcats fan, observer or just general NBA passerby.
- The Charlotte Bobcats—especially the young core of players they have drafted over the past couple of years—have shown great development over the course of the past season.
- The Charlotte Bobcats have had three good drafts in a row—excluding the pick-less 2010—in which they acquired Gerald Henderson (2009), Kemba Walker (2011), Bismack Biyombo (2011), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012) and Jeffery Taylor (2012).
- There are obvious problems that need to be addressed, most notably in the frontcourt. The backcourt duo of Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson combined to become one of the highest scoring, most dangerous backcourts down the stretch.
- Finally, this draft will not take into account free agency—these are the order of the five players the Bobcats should draft, based off of need, talent, and overall impact on the future. Obviously, if the Bobcats front office decides to go hard for a power forward like Paul Millsap or Josh Smith, draft strategy will change preemptively, but I'm not focusing on that.
Each slide represents which player they should draft in that position...again, this is disregarding free agency and the likelihood of a player being on the board at a specific time. This is just to discuss the five most valuable prospects to the organization entering this year's draft.