NBA Draft 2011: Why the Charlotte Bobcats Failed in This Year's Draft

Max MinskerCorrespondent IJune 24, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 23:  Kemba Walker from UCONN greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after he was selected #9 overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round during the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 23, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Bobcats had two top-10 picks in this years draft. They started with one, and traded up for another. The problem is neither of the picks really addresses a need.

With the No. 7 pick, they got Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo is a player that has huge potential defensively and as a rebounder. The problem is, they just invested big time in a player that plays a similar style. A frontcourt consisting of Tyrus Thomas and Bismack Biyombo isn't going to scare anyone offensively.

Those two could form a dominant defensive combo, but if they plan on starting these two players together at some point in the future, I don't see how it works. It's hard to make a deep playoff run without any reliable low post scoring, and the Bobcats don't have any of that. 

With the No. 9 pick, the Bobcats took Kemba Walker which honestly doesn't make sense to me. They really needed a small forward in this draft and with Singleton and Kawhi Leonard still available Kemba probably wasn't a great pick. 

The Bobcats two best players are arguably their point guard, DJ Augustin and their shooting guard Gerald Henderson. Kemba Walker is a combo guard, he can play both point guard and shooting guard. Although he's talented, Kemba doesn't make sense here because the Bobcats' best players play Walker's position.

A small forward would have made much more sense for the Bobcats, especially since they just traded Stephen Jackson. There were so many better options available for the Bobcats at No. 9, I just don't understand the pick. 

It seems like the Bobcats took on a Timberwolves like mentality in this draft, acquiring pieces instead of trying to build a team. We'll see how it works out, but I think the Bobcats could have improved a lot more than they did. If Kemba's a star, it's a great draft, but if not, this draft has to be considered a failure by the Bobcats.