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So here is the deal. The staff here at Trade Street Post are having a bit of a debate as to what direction we need to go in with this draft. The opinions vary by player and even whether we keep the pick. We figure we might as well air it out and let you, the readers, decide who is on the right track. By all means share your opinions. I am lead off guy, so without any further ado...here we go:
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Now that I have your attention, I'd like to say that all of these are all possible headlines that you have seen as of late, or headlines you'd like to see. At any rate, the purpose of this article is one that is much simpler than all of the hoopla that I opened with. Basically, I've been on a tear about how I feel that we should be looking at this 2012 NBA Draft, and welcoming it with open arms. More specifically, I've been pointing at the player that I feel would do the MOST good for our young team. I feel that since we were shafted out of the #1 pick, (hey, we can't help that with every purchase of an NBA team you get a free #1 draft pick...thanks Stern-o, when do we get ours?) there is but 1 glaring pick that we make. Last year we went with a bit of a calculated gamble in taking Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker. Biz has some rough edges on the offensive end that a full training camp with the ghost of Red...I mean...whoever we hire as coach should cure. Kemba needs to figure out some muscle memory, and his shooting motion should improve. Playing and shooting will be the only way he will improve his offensive game. Kemba will need to develop a teardrop runner for driving the lane, and improve his shooting touch. Biz and Kemba both need to be hitting the weights like crazy, and add some muscle and strength. I'd love to see Biz come in for training camp with an extra 10-15lbs of muscle added to his frame. He could use more weight, but I don't want him adding too much in one off-season, and losing his flexibility or athleticism. Kemba will have to add about the same to make up for being only 6' tall.
Hopefully there will be a Summer League that Biz and Kemba can play in. I think that you can learn a lot from those games. I recall seeing lots of positives from Gerald Henderson and Derrick Brown during a Summer League series (Lord I hope we bring Derrick Brown back!). It would really be great to be able to send Biz, Kemba, and our newest pick to Summer League so that they could wow the crowds. I believe we have young talent that will really wow the skeptics next season. I believe it with all of my heart. We add this next piece to our puzzle and the foundation of this team becomes even stronger.
Now there have been rumors that the Bobcats are actively shopping the #2 pick for "talent". I've also seen where they have discussed trading down for multiple picks. My personal belief is that they may be discussing these options, but at the same time, I have my own reason to believe that we are most likely requesting the sun, moon, and stars. The Rich Cho method is to build through the draft. You gather the best young talent available and build the best possible team. There may be trades over time, but that usually takes place once most all of the key pieces are in place.
First off, beyond Anthony Davis, there are 2 tiers of talent in this draft. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of talent to be drafted, and there are many, many roll players that can be had. The only issue that I see is that there a lot of one and done kids coming out. That is what separates these tiers of talent. I see the tiers to consist of Anthony Davis in tier 1. Tier 2 would consist of Thomas Robinson, Michael Kid-Gilchrist, and Bradley Beal. Tier 3 would include players such as Barnes, Sullinger, Drummond, Austin Rivers and several others that I'm not going to mention. We are out of the running for tier 1. That leaves us for tier 2 to pick from. Tier 2 will be picks 2, 3, and 4. My point is that I don't see the owners of 3 or 4 wanting to move up in the draft only a couple spots. I also don't see any talent on our team that a team would want that we would be willing to move for multiple picks...well...I know of 1...but I would think we could just stick with the #2 and go from there. I personally prefer to have first shot at the tier 2 guys because my pick is the one that I feel is the most sound, safe, and NBA-ready player in this draft after Anthony Davis. I would like to say, however, that I believe that we may try to trade for New Orleans' #10 pick. I've seen that they might make that pick available if they could get a starting-caliber PG in return. Perhaps there is a sign and trade with DJ Augustin. He was offered an extension that he did not take last season. If we could sign and trade him, perhaps we do so and we get the #10 pick and Ariza. We would gain a need at a thin SF position, and we get a #10 pick to select a tier 3 guy. It would be a lot better than DJ taking the QO and walking at the end of the season, and we don't get anything for him. If you're worried about having only Kemba Walker at PG, I'll suggest that we pick up Von Wafer who was recently released by the Orlando Magic. Maybe we draft a 2ndPG...Could Austin Rivers fall that far? Who knows? We may be able to snag a vet PG to help Walker develop. There is lots of talent to be had in the draft, and free agents to be had, but we can discuss all of that later. You guys want my draft pick, right?
Ladies and gentlemen, readers of all ages, lend me your eyes and ears. Coaches, Bobcats staff, and NBA analysts, let me present to you the #2 pick in the NBA draft. He will be the "Big Cat" for the Charlotte Bobcats, shoring up the power forward position with 3 years of collegiate experience with Kansas. Standing 6' 7-3/4" without shoes (6' 8-3/4" with shoes, since you play basketball in shoes), and having a 7' 3-1/4" wingspan, weighing in at 244lbs with 5% body fat, The Bobcats pick Thomas Robinson.
You may be asking how he compares to Anthony Davis since Davis is considered the pick of the litter, so I'll throw in a few stats:
Robinson averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds last season and Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks, the most in the NCAA.
One thing the Bobcats could use is some rebounding and scoring, and I believe that Robinson will provide both of these immediately. If we have the opportunity to take a player in this draft that has more than 1 year of college experience, and can put up numbers close to what he was in college, I fully believe we should do it. Robinson has shown his maturity on and off of the court. The ability to deal with the loss of his grandparents and mom within such a short period of time speaks volumes for his ability to handle pressure and stress. For anyone who wants to dig up his sophomore stats, keep in mind there were a couple of Morris brothers hindering his playing time. Robinson's time is now and I am hoping I'll get to be excited on draft day as Robinson's name is called for the Bobcats. This could be a second coming of an "LJ" type player.
My only question becomes whether we nickname him "Big Cat" or "T-Rob". I'll figure that out after we draft him.