Well, I asked for some new writers and fresh ideas for the site, and the "Bring Back the Buzz" folks delivered. The first article I have received is from John Revans. He wants to discuss this year's draft, and he shares my thought that there's probably less pressure on us by having the #4 pick instead of the #1 or # 2 pick. Take the jump below to see his insight. I hope you folks enjoy it...and by all means, comment and suggest. We just love the feedback...Draft discussions are awesome!
As the 2013 NBA draft quickly approaches, the Charlotte Bobcats are in a very familiar place. Michael Jordan's team has become notorious for poor drafting and scouting. On June 27th, that moniker will change. There is no stand out star, there is no must have athlete, and there is no "ticket selling" machine in this draft. Many complain that the Cats got "robbed" of the top pick again, but I believe it to be a blessing in disguise. You will get great value with the fourth overall pick as you would get with the second overall pick. This isn't the draft to be upset about. Before you look at who Rich Cho and the boys draft, first you must take a look at the current team, assuming that both Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson stay and re-sign and Ben Gordon fills his pockets with more unearned money.
Walker and Ramon Sessions seemed to have the point guard position covered most of last year so drafting a PG would be highly unlikely. Hendo, Ben Gordon, and Jeff Taylor rotated shooting guard last year, but the team with one of the worst shooting percentages and points per game could use help. Gerald can't do it alone and Ben Gordon is a shell of himself, which isn't a good sign. Jeff Taylor has a lot of potential, but potential won't score points tomorrow. Ben McLemore of Kansas could be THAT guy. No, he's no D-Wade, and no, he won't be the next Reggie Miller, but the kid can score. He is the best if not one of the best pure scorer available in this draft and if he falls to the fourth pick he'd be a steal.
The Center/Power Forward/Small Forward positions are probably the most disappointing part of this team. Tyrus Thomas and Brendan Haywood do absolutely nothing for this team so to consider them as help is foolish. Byron showed good signs last year but playing center was a huge mistake. He's a big power forward that can shoot, which is a good thing but forcing him as a center last year proved that he can't be a true "big man" center. Bismack is still a work in progress with lots of potential and will be a solid defensive player but is struggling at center. He can't score at will, so it's a liability to keep him on the floor for long. As he develops more of his "back-to-the-basket" game and his defense continues to improve, he will be a force down low for years to come. I'd love to save money for 2014-15 and get DeMarcus Cousins, but that's just me. Last but not least is MKG. He hasn't been as impressive as we were hoping for and but had showed glimpses of why he was the second overall pick last year. 10PPG, 6RPG isn't going to get him into any All-star games soon but his athleticism and motor are contagious. Kidd-Gilchrist has been very solid but could use some help, and pairing him with another young forward could be very interesting.
Nerlens Noel seems to be the consensus number one overall pick, but with the way this year is shaping up, it could wind up being Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett, Trey Burke, or Victor Oladipo. I’ve already discussed McLemore, so let me breeze through the other guys. Otto Porter (SF, Georgetown) has a really nice mid-range shot and is freak athlete. Porter is also very MKG-like in the way he hustles and plays every play like it's Game 7 of the finals. Anthony Bennett (F, UNLV) is a walking double-double. He can shoot from anywhere and can post up on the biggest of big men, but with all the pros, there also exists the conc. His con is defense. He is a terrible defender which won't help a team that gave up way too many points last year. Victor Oladipo (SG, Indiana) could also be available for the Bobcats. He became very popular amongst scouts last year and was a force to be reckoned with. Victor has a smooth shot and strong body which Charlotte could use.
No matter who Jordan takes this year, they will improve the team in the long run as the soon to be Hornets load up with young talent. Each guy would bring something different to the table and could have an immediate impact. The Cats won't be a championship team this year but one step at a time will do just fine.