2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Alex Burks Is Perfect for Charlotte at No. 9
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
The Bobcats put up just 93.3 points per game last season, and ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring.
Alec Burks was one of the top scorers in all of college basketball last season for Colorado. Burks averaged 20.5 points per game as a sophomore with the Buffaloes. He showed the ability to drive the basket as well as make plays in transition.
Burks would be an upgrade over Charlotte guards Gerald Henderson, Matt Carroll and Garrett Temple.
It is unlikely that Alec Burks will be off the board when Charlotte selects at pick nine. This pick may even seem like somewhat of a stretch, but Burks is one of the top pure scoring guards in the draft class.
Some might argue that Charlotte should draft a small forward so that Stephen Jackson can move back to his more natural position at shooting guard. Jackson had excellent production on the wing last season though averaging 18.5 points per game. I do not Jackson’s move to shooting guard as a dire need.
Alec Burks got overshadowed by other more high profile Big 12 performers during his time at Colorado, but the shooting guard can make an immediate impact on this offensively challenged Charlotte Bobcats team.
-- Rob Weil
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