Draft Options For The Bobcats (I Mean Hornets)
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Alright Charlotte sports fans, we now have the name we want for our NBA team. But, we don’t have the pick we want. For the second year in a row, the NBA Draft lottery leaves us feeling like Frank Garcia when he loses the office pool (a ton of extra entries, but still lost).
But, how much of a difference is there in this weak draft between #1 and #4? You have just as good of a chance of getting a good player. And, here are my top choices for the Bobcats pick……
1) Anthony Bennett- UNLV- He is a gifted physical specimen. 6’7 and 240 and runs the floor and can handle and shoot from outside. Throw in a 7’1 wingspan and this cat is oozing upside. He is often compared to Larry Johnson because of his size and skill set, so wouldn’t it be fitting if he were a Hornet. His Defense and height have been questioned, but many refer to him as a manchild. This team could use a relentless banger who can also help Kemba Walker in the pick and roll game. He could be the first part of the Charlotte Canadian Connection if we draft him and add Andrew Wiggins next year.
2) Victor Olidipo-IU- I admit I am concerned that he and MKG are too similar to play together. Would we have enough scoring punch with Olidipo at the 2 and MKG at the 3? Maybe not, but it would be one of the best defensive 2/3 combos in the league. Plus, Olidipo is a much more offensively polished version of MKG. He hit 47 percent of his 3′s last year and his handle, while still shaky, is better than MKG.
3) Ben Mclemore-KU- I am not exactly pumped about it, but if Mclemore is available at 4, you have to consider him. His combination of size, shooting and scoring ability is impressive. At 6’5 and with his skill set, he would be the perfect replacement for Gerald Henderson, if you let Hendo walk. The one big issue I have with him is his passive nature. He disappeared in quite a few games at Kansas. Is he the Alpha Dog that wants to carry a team? I have my serious doubts about that. But, if his talents are available at #4 he has to be tempting. And, this draft looks like it might not have any Alpha Dogs who will carry teams.