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College Basketball Analyst Jon Rothstein Gives Us His Insight On NBA Draft Prospects

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Mac Attack 6/11/12: CBS Sports analyst Jon Rothstein stops by to discuss prospects that are Bobcat options with the second pick as well as possibilities if they trade down and in the second round.

“I think when people look at trajectory in the NBA most people I talk to have a consensus that Bradley Beal out of Florida is the second best prospect on the board for the Charlotte Bobcats behind Anthony Davis of Kentucky,” said Rothstein. “But, the more I talk to people with knowledge of the situation, the more you really believe that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (MKG) is in serious play for Charlotte in the second spot.”

Although many people are skeptical of MKG because he didn’t shoot at such a high level last year, Rothstein said he saw quite a bit of potential in the 19-year-old.

“The intangibles that MKG brings really might put him on a different level when it comes to the impact he could make with the Charlotte Bobcats. Everybody seems to really lament the fact that MKG didn’t shoot the ball at a high clip last year for Kentucky.  But…he’s played only one year of college. He’s 19 years old. As far as Kentucky went, he took the fourth most shots on the team.”

We asked Rothstein what his thoughts were about Thomas Robinson. He questions Robinson’s ability to play at the NBA level based on the national championship.

“Against Kentucky, as many shots as T. Rob was able to get off, he didn’t get them off at a high percentage because of what Kentucky did defensively,” said Rothstein. “You’ve got to believe that the same thing would happen at the NBA level…Unless T. Rob can develop some other areas of his game, at least from an offensive perspective, he’s going to be in question.”

We brought up some of the Tobacco Road guys as well. While he didn’t have anything to say about Austin Rivers, Rothstein explained his take on Harrison Barnes and the Carolina players.

“Harrison Barnes is interesting,” said Rothstein. “He came into college and I thought he would be the next Rudy Gay. Now I see a little bit more Sean Elliott. He probably would benefit from playing with a great point guard…but [he is] a very very good shooter, which will serve him well in the NBA. He would be a good piece to the puzzle, probably the third or fourth best player on a playoff team moving forward in the NBA.”

Rothstein cited the need to put the Carolina players on an NBA baseline to really see how they work under the new transitions and clock times.

“Tyler Zeller, I think, will be a very good first big man off the bench in finish and transition, but then again, does transition basketball translate to the NBA?…There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.”

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