Hello Bobcats/Hornets fans! As I had mentioned before, here at Trade Street Post, we have been on the lookout for some new talent, some fresh blood, some new meat...you get my drift. At any rate, we are slowly getting all sorts of new ideas from you, the fans. This is a submission from Kyle Moshier and Brad Kilgo. It's similar to our current Claw2Claw section, but these guys want to be known as "Help Defense". Let's give these guys a warm welcome, and take the jump to see what they have to say...
This is the first installment of "Help Defense," where two best friends who are avid Bobcats/Hornets fans exchange emails about the pressing topics of Bobcat Nation. Together, they almost make up a single, competent basketball fan.
Kyle: All right, we both sat with baited breath for the second year in a row to watch our Bobcats be struck down by the basketball gods yet again. It's only fitting that the last draft for the Cats name has been said to be one of the weakest drafts in recent years. We've got the number four spot, who are you thinking can be the next great Bojangles spokesperson?
Brad: Why thanks for asking! The first player that could be interesting to see in the (soon to be) teal and purple would be Otto Porter Jr. He had a pretty good career as a Hoya and 7.1 rebounds a game is more than every Bobcat, aside from The Biz, averaged last year. The problem that I see with him is that he seems to play the same position as MKG, who is our up can coming star and in year two should see way more minutes. There’s also the fact he was the best player on a team that lost to something called Florida Gulf Coast in the NCAA tournament. If I were in the war room, the pick I’d make would be Victor Oladipo from Indiana. He seems like a great, young two guard who could play beside Kemba and MKG for a very long time. He’s really athletic and a solid defender, which we both know the Bobcats need. The only downside I see with him is that he’s not exactly going to light up the scoreboard. Not to mention he could never beat my mortal enemy Bo Ryan's Wisconsin team. Do you have any thoughts on taking Oladipo?
Kyle: As you know, I'm a big fan of anyone who could potentially replace Gerald Henderson, but we already have too many guards. I can only watch Byron Mullens play D like a man wearing concrete shoes for so much longer. My solution to this problem comes to us from the magical plains of Las Vegas in the form of Anthony Bennett. The people that actually get paid to figure this stuff out seem to be impressed by his skills and he's moving up the draft boards rather quickly. His 8 boards a game while still managing to put up 16 points makes me start to understand why. Unfortunately for him, he did just get shoulder surgery which could keep him out until August, but that's the least of my concerns for this Canadian bruiser. Bennett is only 6'8 so having him as a front court partner with The Biz leaves a lot to be desired considering our favorite Congoian (Congoite?) is only 6'9 himself. Much like the aforementioned Biz, he's really young as he's coming out after only his freshman year, so you'd have to think it's another project. How would you feel about this gamble?
Brad: Did you really describe someone who played for UNLV as a "gamble?" You’re better than that! The Cats definitely do need some frontcourt scoring and from what I have seen from him, which in all honesty was one highlight tape during the draft lottery, he can really put the ball in the basket. I have another big man to run by you though. How would feel about our Cats taking Cody Zeller at #4 pick? He’s got family ties to Carolina, which could make him even more enticing to our fearless leader MJ. He also wound up averaging 16 points and 8 rebounds in probably the best conference in America last year. Zeller probably would not be my first choice but I would not mind seeing him roaming the paint with Biz for years to come. What do you think about Zeller? I promise the next player I will ask your opinion on will not be from Indiana.
Kyle: Are you receiving the Kelvin Sampson kickback special from the Hoosiers? If so, I want a cut! As far as Zeller is concerned, I think that myself and anyone else who watched the Syracuse game would agree with you that he's not your first choice at such a high pick, but I'm a fan of his. He was the pre-season golden boy, so I think he definitely would look good in a Bobcats/Hornets uniform. Not to mention, he's actually a center and unlike Alex Len, he's not hurt. Also, I've actually heard of him. I definitely needed multiple sources to verify that Len was a lottery pick and not actually a Bond villain. It seems to me that since there's no really overwhelming player to take so high, maybe the front office should look into trading the pick. Look at the Rockets: not a contender, but they added a stellar veteran and then surrounded him with a bunch of good, young players they acquired through draft day trades. Maybe trading down and getting some veteran talent would make up for the lack of depth in this class as well as the fact we are without a second round pick thanks to our boy B Smooth. Help me make sense of this and not sound like a total crazy person!
Brad: Very good point on the Syracuse game. Zeller looked a lot like us playing in a UNCC pickup game with superior athletes. I would not be opposed to trading the pick if the front office does not fall in love with somebody during workouts. Like you mentioned earlier, all the experts seem to think this is the weakest draft in a decade, and lord knows the Bobcats can use some veteran talent. If the Cats do decide to trade the pick I would hope they can land a solid contributor and hopefully a future first round pick since the Bulls own our going to get one of first rounders eventually from the Tyrus Thomas fiasco, I mean trade. The Cats definitely have a lot of options with the 4th pick this year. Lets all hope we get a big time player through the draft or via trade.
Kyle: Wow, that T Time trade really just gets worse and worse with every passing year. I think that everyone would agree with you that this draft is a huge opportunity to help the Bobcats make progress towards obtaining those two or three missing pieces to make them a contender when the Hornets finally return to the NBA. The Cats for sure have a very talented, young nucleus and the moves the front office makes on draft night will definitely play a huge role in whether or not the team will be competitors in the future. Hopefully Come June 28th, we'll be talking about how excited we are about the future of the franchise. On the bright side, no matter how the night ends, we still have the Bugs coming back to look forward to!