It seems odd to say the Charlotte Bobcats don’t want two top 15 picks in the 2013 NBA draft, but it’s probably true.
The Portland Trail Blazers owe the ‘Cats a draft pick from the Gerald Wallace trade. This year that pick is top 12 protected, and thanks to an expert tank job by Portland, the Blazers would not have to give that pick up if the season ended today.
Next year, though, if the Blazers finish 13th in the league or higher, the ‘Cats could have as many as three first round draft picks to play with.
Charlotte still owes Chicago a first rounder from the Tyrus Thomas deal, but it’s top 12 protected right now, and top 10 protected next year. Right now, it doesn’t look like the ‘Cats are going to find themselves better than 10th in the NBA next season. Thanks to the Corey Maggette trade before this season started, the Pistons owe Charlotte a first round pick. It’s top 14 protected this year, and top eight protected next year.
So if you’re Charlotte, you have to think to yourself, would I rather have two picks in a draft (this year) that everyone and their mother says is the weakest in recent memory, or would I rather have three picks in a draft that looks like it could be one of the deepest in recent memory?
The answer is pretty obvious… Unless you’re Charlotte and you’d rather wait till 2015 to get those two picks. Detroit’s pick is just No. 1 protected next season.