Dec 3, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15)drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Portland wins in overtime 118-112. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Update On The Charlotte Bobcats First Round Pick From Portland Trail Blazers

Throughout the season, we have been tracking the Charlotte Bobcats first round pick acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2011 Gerald Wallace trade. Portland has top-12 protection on their pick, meaning they would have to finish outside of that range for the Bobcats to obtain the pick. Ideally the pick would give the Bobcats another chance to add a young player who could contribute to the Bobcats rebuilding efforts. It’s put Bobcats fans in the position to possibly root for Portland to win games.

With nine games left in the regular season, Portland is 33-40. They are 4.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. If the season ended today, Portland would have the 12th worst record in the league, allowing them to keep their first round draft pick. Their schedule isn’t showing much hope that they’ll be able to string together some wins before the season’s end:

  • 4/1 @ Utah
  • 4/3 vs. Memphis
  • 4/5 vs. Houston
  • 4/7 vs. Dallas
  • 4/10 vs. Lakers
  • 4/12 vs. Oklahoma City
  • 4/14 @ Denver
  • 4/16 @ Clippers
  • 4/17 vs. Golden State

 

Seven of their remaining games are against teams that are currently in the playoffs, while the other two games are against teams still in striking distance for a playoff spot. However, six of their games are at home and there is the possibility that teams will sit their starters to rest  for the playoffs. It’s difficult to project how Portland will finish. They’re just 2.5 games up on the Milwaukee Bucks who have the 13th worst record in the league. Bobcats fans would also need the Bucks to lose games, to help any win from Portland.

Portland is currently on a four-game losing streak, so things really aren’t shaping up to swing in the Bobcats favor. But we will continue following Portland’s schedule to see if the Bobcats can wind up with two first round picks in the lottery.

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