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As Mike Van Gundy so eloquently said on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft—despite selecting Kemba—the Charlotte Bobcats have gone from mediocre to terrible.
After trading away their two best players in Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, the Bobcats are clearly content with being in a rebuilding stage.
While this might be the right move for the team, it puts a lot of extra pressure on Walker to be the "savior of the franchise"—a label that never sets a player up for success. That is not to mention the Bobcats won't have much of a supporting cast around him.
In fact, the best returning player on Charlotte's roster is DJ Augustine, who just happens to play the same position as Walker.
The Bobcats likely won't be competitive for at least a few years, which doesn't present the ideal situation for an incoming rookie.
Walker may have been better off waiting another year and then hoping to end up in a better situation.