The Charlotte Bobcats needed to have the best draft in franchise history Thursday night, and I think they did.
In the 2012 NBA draft, the Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall pick, and Jeffrey Taylor with the 31st pick.
With those two guys Charlotte signaled to the league they’re serious about changing the culture in the Queen City.
Both guys are high character individuals, and they were two of the best defenders in the draft.
Kidd-Gilchrist was a surprising pick, because everyone thought Charlotte was going to move down in the draft.
But, since they held on to #2, the Bobcats made the right move. Gilchrist isn’t the best shooter in the world, but there isn’t another glaring weakness in his game.
He’s an athletic specimen, he can finish in transition, he can creat his own shot and he’s a flat out pest on defense.
Jeffrey Taylor slid into the second round, and I know the Bobcats are nothing but elated to have him on their roster.
The guy was a stud at Vanderbilt; He has a good outside shot, he can create space and get off a mid-range jumper against almost anyone, and he can guard FOUR positions defensively. He can play power forward or small forward, and I see at least one All Star game in this guy’s future.
Plenty of people wanted Charlotte to go offense in this draft, but if you look at the teams who went far in the playoffs this year, almost all of them were good defensive teams.
The Bobcats now have two players to build their defense around (not to mention Bismack Biyombo sitting there at power forward) and they can address their offensive needs through free agency, trades and future drafts.
For a guy who’s taken as much heat as Michael Jordan has as an owner, there’s nothing negative anyone can really say about him tonight besides “At the very least, he didn’t make the wrong moves.”
Rich Cho for Governor, anyone?