Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby Kobe8Fan on Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:16 am

By Rick Bonnell
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Posted: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

The 2012 NBA draft was good, not great.

It had one can’t-miss prospect (New Orleans big man Anthony Davis), another quick-emerging star (Portland point guard Damian Lillard) and a bunch of guys who’ll be solid contributors with lengthy careers.

If two NBA scouts who travel the country each college basketball season are right, the 2013 draft won’t come close to that.

The Observer consulted with two long-time scouts (neither connected to the Charlotte Bobcats) as conference seasons commence in the college game. Each works for a team likely to have a top-10 pick. Each spoke on condition of anonymity because neither is authorized by his employer to speak publicly on draft prospects.

While the two conversations were separate, each conveyed the same conclusion: This isn’t the year a franchise-changer will emerge from the draft process

“I don’t think this is a good draft,” said one scout. “This is the year you should consider trading your draft pick – no matter where it is.”

That could be important in Charlotte, where the Bobcats at 9-24 look like they’ll miss the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons.

At their current place in the standings, the Bobcats would avoid turning their 2013 pick over to the Chicago Bulls to complete the Tyrus Thomas trade. Also, the Bobcats could end up with an extra first-round pick if the Portland Trail Blazers selection is outside the top 12, completing the Gerald Wallace trade.

It sounds unlikely the Bobcats or any other lottery-bound team would find a difference-maker in 2013.

“The draft lottery was always supposed to be about exceptional players going to the worst teams,” said one of the scouts. “We’ve eroded the concept of ‘exceptional’ – exceptional doesn’t really exist anymore.”

Both scouts say that erosion can be traced to the so-called “one-and-done” rule that governs draft eligibility. Under the collective-bargaining agreement, U.S. players can’t be in the draft until they’re at least one season removed from their high school graduating class.

The unintended consequence of that, these scouts say, is players with pro aspirations now consider one season of college ball the maximum they should stay.

“Now they think one season is the ceiling, not just the floor,” one scout said. “That creates a problem.”

The problem, both said, is while this is better than kids turning pro out of high school, you’re still using high picks on players a long way from finished products. The days when a Tim Duncan, Grant Hill or Chris Mullin entered the NBA, with a clear understanding of how those players would fit, are long over.

To describe this dynamic’s effect, one scout mentioned UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad and projected him hypothetically with the Bobcats. He mentioned that while Muhammad will be a high pick, he is flawed and inexperienced and would be redundant to much of what Michael Kidd-Gilchrist already provides the Bobcats.

“That’s what we all do,” the scout concluded. “We draft guys who are a lot like the ones we already have, only the guys we already have are better at least right now.

“But these guys are younger, so we get excited in the moment. And then you come to realize you haven’t changed much with your high pick.”


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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby therealdeal on Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:18 am

Thomas/Sessions/Warrick/Pick for Pau! :man1:
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:19 pm

If we didn't have the "one and done" rule in place, players would be entering the draft out of high school. Two years is the minimum IMO, since that's enough time to mature a little, and learn how to play with a coach.
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:32 pm

What would we do with a pick..... not sure anyone left in the organization would know.....
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:38 pm

If its a pick in a weak draft, we don't want it. Trade Gasol for young proven talent and a tpe.
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:26 am

It's a weak draft from the standpoint that there's no real superstars in it. There'll be NBA level contributors.
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:33 am

How about the 'Cats give us Sessions/Gordon/Henderson for Pau/Blake/Ebanks and they can keep the pick. :man9:
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:35 am

^ Small ball here we come :man10:
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:37 am

therealdeal wrote:^ Small ball here we come :man10:


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I looked at the Bobcats bigs and it's like picking between crap and s***. No matter what you pick it's poop.
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby therealdeal on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:39 am

Doc Brown wrote:
therealdeal wrote:^ Small ball here we come :man10:


:man10:

I looked at the Bobcats bigs and it's like picking between crap and s***. No matter what you pick it's poop.

I don't know why they haven't just sent some of their 26 guards to Utah for a big. It's not that hard!
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Re: Scouts Advice Bobcats To Trade 2013 Draft Pick

Postby FabFourLakers on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:35 pm

LOL. Shabazz is going to be a star. There's no doubt in my mind about that. Chalk it up, write it down, and remember this: Shabazz is going to be the next great 2 guard in the league...whoever gets him is getting franchise player talent. And no , the Bobcats should NOT trade their pick, esp if they have a shot at Shabazz. They need to get rid of Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson, because those two have been in the league and they haven't gotten any better. Kemba/Shabazz/MKG is a very nice core for that team. But I think Shabazz will somehow end up in Phoenix.
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