Charlotte Bobcats: NBA Draft Team Needs
2007-08 Record: 32-50; 4th Southeast
Draft Picks: 9, 38
How they got here and what they need
The Bobcats added some much needed experience in the form of Jason Richardson heading into last season, shipping first round selection Brandan Wright to Golden State in order to make it happen. Gerald Wallace was one of the better swingmen in the East throughout the season, but it still didn't translate into wins on the court. But with their youngsters gaining more experience and Adam Morrison due back from his knee injury, the Bobcats could be poised to sneak into the playoffs next season. And when you take into consideration the fact that Atlanta only had thirty-seven wins and made the playoffs this season, it may not take much to do so.
In regards to their first round pick, Charlotte can go in a couple different directions. If they're not fully confident in Morrison's recovery, they could go with a swingman. Or they could try to find a backup point guard for Raymond Felton. Or they could also go big, with a number of big men on the board who have a lot of upside. It'll be interesting to see how new head coach Larry Brown goes about making this decision.
Who they take
It'll be a tough decision to make, but I think that the Bobcats will select West Virginia's Joe Alexander, a guy who's been rising up draft boards since team workouts began. And when you consider this past season was his first as being a true "go-to guy", he may have only just tapped his potential.
Draft History (since 2004)
- - 2007: Brandan Wright (8th)
- - 2006: Adam Morrison (3rd), Ryan Hollins (50th)
- - 2005: Raymond Felton (5th), Sean May (13th)
- - 2004: Emeka Okafor (2nd), Bernard Robinson (46th)