Originally Posted by WVRed
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.
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.
Just since 06", several Bobcat first round draftees are already out of the NBA. I was living in N.C at the time of the '06 draft, and was clamoring, like most fans down there, for either Rudy Gay or Brandon Roy. I knew then that the franchise was headed into a pit where radioactive waste is stored.
I like your analysis, as well. I stated in a later post that trading down was the best move for the franchise. Supposedly, the T-Wolves offered the Bobcats the 9th pick and Derrick Williams for the 4th. If that's true, the Bobcats should have accepted it.
As for Noel, I have to chuckle at the talking heads who believe that Noel will be a total bust if he doesn't develop an offensive game. Well, Ben Wallace was a four time All-Star and four time Defensive Player Of The Year. The aforementioned pundits act as if a Ben Wallace, Serge Ibaka or Larry Sanders are easy to acquire. IMO, they often are as valuable to a team as, say, a good PG.
As for the Bobcats, given the fact that Charlotte is mostly a Tarheel (fanbased) city. Throw in IU's Zeller with UK's MKG and Duke's Gerald Henderson, and it may well result in UNC, Duke, UK and IU fans rooting for the same B-Ball team. Other than team USA, I never thought that scenario was even remotely possible.