Originally Posted by Assembly Hall
Yeah it looks terrible right now doesn't it? Not one NBA season in the books yet, let alone one game for any of the three. But yet the selection is debatable. Greatness is not made by who you drafted, but rather how those picks turn out in the near future and then some. Hind sight is always 20/20. Foresight is something that most of us lack.
It also doesn't help that Michael Jordan has a history of making horrible draft day choices, namely Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison. The Bobcats though are basically the Cincinnati Bengals of the NBA though, and that was before Jordan took over.
Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
Of all of the teams in the lottery, Charlotte was/is, IMO, by far the absolute worst fit for Noel. The Bobcats/Hornets didn't need another offensively-challenged big man. Noel is much, much better off in Philly, where he will be able to spend much off his time at PF while his body matures.
McLemore? Maybe. While a Henderson/McLemore tag-team at SG would have been a positive move for a franchise that will - barring a miracle -- be back in
a perceived loaded lottery next year, it wouldn't have helped to solve the main on-court issue for the franchise.
Let's face it, to even reach the point where the franchise feels comfortable opening games to the public, the franchise needed to address the biggest team woe: lack of front court scoring.
I still maintain that Bennett would have been the best fit for Charlotte, but he was obviously off the board. So, if I'm GM Rich Cho, it's down to Len or Zeller, and for the many compelling reason to draft Len, Zeller may prove to be the best fit. Here's why:
Even if the team winds up with Wiggins or a player of his caliber following next year's draft, MKG is still a major cog in the wheel for this franchise, and it is a MUST that he reaches his apex offensively, as often times last season opposing teams didn't really guard the Bobcats PF, preferring to place a PF on MKG, limiting low post moves/drives to the hoop in which MKG was moderately successful.
With Zeller in the fold serving as a stretch 4, more driving lanes should be available for MKG and company. In short, Zeller's presence should really elevate MKG's game, especially as MKG's outside shot improves, as I believe that it will. Not to mention, Zeller should also present an actual pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop option for Kemba Walker, giving the offense another wrinkle.
Of course, much depends on whether or not Zeller can actually perform all of the above in a game situation. But, from a strategical/team structural standpoint, arguing against the selection of Zeller seems shortsighted, IMO.
I like your analysis, but I think Noel would have been a better pick in terms of upside. The Bobcats are likely going to be horrible again next year, as this draft was weak regardless. Why not take the player with the highest upside (Noel), let him sit and rehab, and then the following year take a future star to pair with Noel and MKG.
Not to mention I think Zeller could have been had a lot lower. I kinda wonder if the Bobcats would have gotten a similar deal for Noel that the Pelicans did if they would have taken him at 4. Zeller may have still been there at 11, and the Bobcats likely would have picked up another lottery pick in a loaded draft next season. I don't think anybody would have faulted them for taking Noel, trading him for two first round picks, and taking Zeller at the end of the lottery.
Then again, Thursday was the night the NBA Draft got drunk, so who knows.