The 2012 NBA draft is so deep that there will be players taken in the second round who can help their new team immediately.
Charlotte has the first pick in round two, so the Bobcats will have the best opportunity to find that special player.
Rich Cho’s new awesome-super-crazy scouting database should help the Bobcats in that regard, and with that, here are the five players that Charlotte should have on their second round big board:
1. Draymond Green:
Another forward, I know… But, Green is one of the most NBA-ready players in the entire draft, and he could fall to the second round.
Most assume that he has a rather low ceiling, but if all he gives the team that drafts him is what he gave to Michigan State for four years, I think that team will be more than pleased.
Green is a good shooter, a good defender, a good passer, and a good rebounder.
Charlotte needs help in all of those areas.
2. John Jenkins:
Rick Bonnell tweeted earlier that coach Mike Dunlap wants to improve the team’s perimeter game. Well, there might not be a better player to draft than Jenkins if that’s what Dunlap wants to do.
Jenkins was a career 44 percent three-point shooter at Vanderbilt, and he averaged over 19 points per game in his final two seasons there.
He wasn’t much of a passer, and he needs improvement defensively, but the team that drafts him won’t care too much about those things right away.
The team that draft Jenkins will care about how many deep shots he makes for them.
3. Kevin Jones:
If Charlotte goes with Bradley Beal or Harrison Barnes in round one, they should seriously consider drafting Jones in round two.
All the guy did last year (in the very tough Big East) was score almost 20 points, grab almost 11 rebounds and block one shot a game.
Jones could be a valuable contributor off the bench in round one to a team who needs an inside presence (BOBCATS).
4. Will Barton:
Some see Barton as a risk, even in the second round, but this 6-6 guard from Memphis has a ton of potential.
He’s also pretty good right now.
Barton averaged 18 points and three assists per game last year and finished up the season with a 92 defensive rating (points produced per 100 possessions allowed).
He’s a little small weight-wise, but he has a solid frame that will be able to hold more muscle.
5. Darius Miller
Darius Miller spent a full four years at Kentucky and averaged 8.2 points, 1.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game as well as a 38 percent three point shooting percentage during his career.
At 6-8 he can play forward or guard, and he’s big enough to play multiple positions defensively.