NBA Draft Is Charlotte Bobcats' Horror Show
The NBA Draft will commence Thursday night and I am left wondering how the Charlotte Bobcats will embarrass themselves this time around.
What is the opposite of the "Midas Touch"? After watching this team draft the first four years of its existence, the answer is the Bobcats. They have had five lottery picks in four years, yet none of the players seem to be headed to the party during All-Star weekend.
Here's a quick recap:
2004: Emeka Okafor was taken with the second overall pick (behind Dwight Howard). Fresh off a National Championship at Connecticut, Okafor was a popular pick amongst Bobcats fans. However, he has been a disappointment.
He has averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds thus far in his career. Nice numbers for a role player like Kurt Thomas, but not what you want from the No. 2 overall. When you consider Al Jefferson was drafted No. 15 by the Boston Celtics, the pick of Okafor is a disaster.
2005: Raymond Felton and Sean May were both taken in the lottery by the Bobcats. To say this was popular in Charlotte would be an understatement. The two were picked fresh off their National Championship at the University of North Carolina.
The Bobcats have a tough time selling tickets in Charlotte, and many believed these picks were made to improve the team in that department.
Felton has been a serviceable dribbler, usually wasting 14-18 seconds of the shot clock doing just that. He's not a scorer but takes a ton of shots. Felton has been a bust.
May has played a grand total of 58 games in his first three seasons. He has been overweight, admittedly lazy, and shown a lack of desire to get back on the court. Sean May will never be a quality NBA player.
2006: The disaster that is Adam Morrison was taken third overall in the '06 draft. The fans were ecstatic to get the player from Gonzaga who cried during the NCAA Tournament. The shaggy one missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Considered a great shooter in college, Morrison shot 37 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point land in his rookie campaign. That's not the worst part. He played defense like he's wearing Bruno Malli's on a sheet of ice.
2007: Traded first round pick Brendan Wright to Golden State for Jason Richardson.
Rumors abound that the Bobcats are looking to draft a backup point guard for Ray Felton (what type of team that has never made the playoffs drafts a backup with a lottery pick?), or a big man to play alongside Okafor with the ninth pick Thursday night.
Either way they go, one thing is certain; he will be a popular pick, and a bust.
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