Charlotte Bobcats 2012 NBA draft grade

June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) walks off the stage after being introduced as the number two overall pick to the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The Charlotte Bobcats had to have the best draft in franchise history Thursday night, and by all accounts, they did.

A few have questioned why the Bobcats didn’t trade out of the second spot to amass assets, but Rich Cho knows what he’s doing, and if he didn’t like the offers he received more than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, I have to believe he made the right choice.

Speaking of MKG, how did the Bobcats do with his selection? Well, in my book they get an:

A+

With Corey Maggette out of the picture, Kidd-Gilchrist will be the Charlotte Bobcats starting small forward from day one.

He was the second best defender in the draft, he can get to the rim in transition and the half court and he’s a monster athlete.

The only flaw in MKG’s game is his jump shot, but he’s been described as a “coach’s dream” so he very well could get those kinks worked out.

Even if he doesn’t become a great shooter, this guy has a long career in the NBA ahead of him; One of the first things he said after being drafted was “I’m ready to lead.”

The Charlotte Bobcats might not have made any moves to get another first rounder in the 2012 NBA draft, but they got a first round talent in round two.

With the first pick of the second round on Thursday night, the Bobcats selected Jeffrey Taylor from Vanderbilt, and for that, Charlotte has to get an:

A+

My fingers were crossed all throughout the tail end of the first round, and much to my amazement, Taylor slid all the way to the Bobcats with pick 31.

Taylor was a great shooter by the time he left Vanderbilt.

He’s a very good, versatile defender who can guard point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards.

He has the ability to take his man off the dribble and finish strong at the rim.

Taylor’s weaknesses are almost as few as Kidd-Gilchrist’s: He has a somewhat indecisive approach to the game at times, and people think he’s not all that athletic.

Either way, I think the Bobcats got one of the steals of the draft with him.

Charlotte drafted two great defenders last night, but they also drafted two great people. Kidd-Gilchrist is a great young man who will accept the challenge of rebuilding the Bobcats with open arms. Taylor is smart and driven, and I haven’t heard a single person question his character.

Again, in a draft Charlotte absolutely had to nail, the Bobcats got both of their picks right.

They might be in the lottery again next year, but it won’t be because of who they drafted Thursday night.

The Charlotte Bobcats also might be in the playoffs in three-to-four years (Cho’s OKC plan in full effect), and that will be in large part due to who they took in the 2012 NBA draft.

Topics: Bobcats, Jeffrey Taylor, Kidd-Gilchrist, NBA, Nba Draft

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  • http://www.keepingitheel.com/ horrancameron

     bryan_wendland Bryan, you’re my man 1,000 grand but I wouldn’t give the Bobcats an A+. I agree with you when you say that this is one of their best drafts. Although Jeffrey Taylor from Vanderbilt is a solid player, I was hoping that Charlotte found someone at the center position. Bernard James and Robert Sacre were available. I love my Heels, but Bernard James showed his glutimus against the Heels. The Seminoles beat us TWICE last season, and James commanded the post including a facial on Zeller. At 27 years of age, James is already a grown man and mature. A starting lineup of Walker, Gordon, MKG, Thomas/Byombo, and James. I give Charlotte a B or B+ at the most.

    • bryanwendland

      A center would’ve been nice, but in the second round Charlotte drafted a guy in Taylor, who some people including Rick Bonnell had as high as the 19th best player in the draft. It’s hard to pass on size, but I have to go with Cho’s philosophy of “drafting talent and trad[ing] for need”. I think they got the two best players available at the times of their selections. James might just surprise me, though.

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