Originally Posted by redsfanmia
Troy Murphy was a 15 and 10 guy, are you saying Zeller is worse than Troy Murphy?
Interesting comp. I hadn't thought of Murphy, who wasn't the athlete Zeller is.
Look, once again I'm not arguing that Zeller's NBA impact will be larger than Noel's, McLemore's or Len's, I'm simply arguing from the strategical/team structural standpoint. Now, if you're going to argue that the Bobcats should have drafted Noel, placed him at PF and traded away Biyombo -- no way an offensively-challenged front-line of MKG, Noel and Biyombo would work -- I wouldn't necessarily disagree with this plan of action. I can't imagine that Biyombo's trade value is high enough, though.
You also can argue that the Bobcats should have traded down and stockpiled assets. Truthfully, that is what I would have done in a draft like this one.
To put into perspective just how gawd-awful last year's Bobcats team was, only three players had PERs (Player Efficiency Ratings) above the league average of 15:PG Kemba Walker at 18.9, backup PG Ramon Sessions at 17.8 and SG Gerald Henderson at 16.5. MKG was close at 14, but he'll only get better, so should Henderson, once the Charlotte front line can actually put the ball in the basket.
McLemore could just as easily turn out to be another Ray Allen as he could become another Brandon Rush.
Noel could just as easily become another Ben Wallace with a better offensive game as he could become another Lorenzo Williams. I'm betting that Noel eventually becomes the former in Philly -- a much better situation for him.
Zeller could just as likely become the next Josh McRoberts as the next LaMarcus Aldridge, whom a good deal of scouts liken Zeller to. And even if Zeller becomes his likely comp: Spencer Hawes. Hawes still has a higher career PER than Martin Gortat, whom many compare Len with.
In any case, I doubt that MJ had anything to do with this pick, as he would have likely given up two first rounders for the rights to the UNC student manager.