Where Are Charlotte Bobcats' Top Draft Picks from Past 5 Years Now?

Raj Prashad@RajPrashadCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2013

Where Are Charlotte Bobcats' Top Draft Picks from Past 5 Years Now?

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    As of late, the Charlotte Bobcats have made some great decisions early in the first round as they build for, what they hope, a playoff contender.

    Like any franchise, Charlotte's draft history has seen it's collective ups (Gerald Henderson) and downs (Alexis Ajinca).

    Ahead is a look back at the past five years of top picks, with an eye on where they were selected and where they are now. 

    All stats provided by Basketball-Reference.com.

2012 No. 2 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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    In his first year with Charlotte, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was an all-around contributor.

    He attacked the hoop, was a defensive force and his work ethic was off the charts. The only major knock on his game continues to be his shooting, with a jumper in serious need of work.

    With the assistance of shooting coach Mark Price, MKG's development heading into his sophomore campaign will be a major headline for the 'Cats.

2012 No. 31 Jeffery Taylor

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    An early second-round selection in 2012, Jeffery Taylor displayed an impressive arsenal in limited action during his rookie year.

    He showed up during Charlotte's Las Vegas Summer League action with an aggressive mindset and made a case for an increase in minutes behind Kidd-Gilchrist and guard Gerald Henderson.

2011 No. 9 Kemba Walker

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    Kemba Walker approaches Year 3 of his rookie contract with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2013-14.

    The Bobcats picked up his team option following a season in which he showed growth from his rookie to sophomore seasons. While attempting four more shots per game, Walker's field-goal percentage jumped from 36 to 42 percent, averaging 17 points per game, up from 12 points.

    His assists also jumped from 4.4 to 5.7 assists per game, a number that should only increase with Price helping Walker with his decision-making on pick-and-roll plays.

2011 No. 19 Tobias Harris

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    As part of a draft-night trade, the Bobcats flipped Tobias Harris to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team deal in exchange for Bismack Biyombo and Corey Maggette.

    Harris averaged five points in just 11 minutes a game over the first season-and-a-half with the Bucks. Milwaukee then traded the forward to the Orlando Magic, where he scored 17 points and snagged eight rebounds per game in 27 appearances. 

2009 No. 12 Gerald Henderson

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    As a restricted free agent, the Bobcats made Gerald Henderson one of their top priorities this summer.

    One of the better picks in recent memory, Henderson has developed into a consistent playmaker for the 'Cats, averaging 15 points a night while really working to improve his all-around game.

    According to Yahoo! Sports, Charlotte is finalizing a three-year, $18 million deal, which includes a player option for the final year.

2008 No. 9 D.J. Augustin

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    D.J. Augustin played four up-and-down seasons with the Bobcats, before ultimately signing as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers before the 2012-13 NBA season.

    Augustin was a member of Charlotte's lone playoff appearance, but once the franchise decided to rebuild around star point guard Kemba Walker, his services were not longer required.

    In his first year with the Pacers, Augustin played 76 games, starting just five, while averaging 4.7 points and 2.2 assists per game.

    Most recently, Augustin signed with the Toronto Raptors to a one-year deal.

2008 No. 20 Alexis Ajinca

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    Although he was a decent defender, Alexis Ajinca never developed into an NBA-quality center.

    Standing at 7'0", Ajinca averaged just .85 rebounds per game in his two seasons with Charlotte. He was promptly traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he'd win an NBA title. Dallas would eventually flip him to the Toronto Raptors.

    Over three seasons, Ajinca only appeared in 71 games, with six starts.

2007 No. 8 Brandan Wright

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    Brandan Wright was involved in a draft-night trade, moving to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jason Richardson and Jermareo Davidson.

    Wright played solid bench minutes over the first two seasons with Golden State, before being traded to the New Jersey Nets.

    After finishing the 2010-11 season, Wright signed with the Dallas Mavericks, where he'd see little playing time.

2007 No. 22 Jared Dudley

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    Charlotte quickly learned that they have to wait and develop players before giving up on them. 

    After the Bobcats selected Jared Dudley in the 2007 draft, Charlotte didn't see much improvement over the first season-and-a-half, so they traded the sharpshooting forward to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary. 

    Bell and Diaw were key pieces to the Bobcats playoff team, but Dudley turned into a consistent shooter over four full seasons in Phoenix.

    Dudley will be an important member to the 2013-14 Los Angeles Clippers with point guard Chris Paul and new head coach Doc Rivers.