Bobcats Sit Out 2010 NBA Draft

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Despite some noise in recent days that seemed to point towards the Bobcats obtaining a second round pick (or even a first), the 2010 NBA Draft came and went Thursday evening with nary a mention of the Cats.

I wouldn’t doubt that the Trailblazers/Warriors trade from Monday, in which the Trailblazers reportedly paid $2 million just to move up 10 spaces in the second round from the 44th pick to the 34th, put a wet blanket on the Cats’ ideas.  That deal probably set the bar too high for Jordan to buy into the second round.

Besides, with so many teams using their extra second round picks on long-term, crapshoot foreign prospects (Paulao Prestes, Pape Sy, anyone?) it’s reasonable to assume that a few decent future NBA players actually went undrafted and can now be had for a song.

Jonathon Givony of DraftExpress called it the “most random second round ever” and notes numerous interesting undrafted players.  Need a swing?  Manny Harris and Sylven Landesburg are out there.  A Dukie?  Neither Jon Scheyer or Brian Zoubek were picked.

Want a big backup point guard (and you know Larry Brown does)?  Ben Uzoh and Mikhail Torrance are both available, though Torrance supposedly has a heart issue that scared off teams in the second round.

If I were the Cats, I’d be on the horn with Scheyer’s agent right now.  With some time, I think he can run the point in the pros, and the jumper’s not going anywhere.

A few other thoughts:

  • The General McChrystal story was a good get for Rolling Stone earlier this week, but what I’m really hoping is that a reporter was embedded in the Trailblazers front office this week to give us the grisly details of their unraveling.  Firing GM Kevin Pritchard an hour before the draft?  What a crazy story.  Pritchard has been a darling of basketball nerds/insiders/Blazers fans for the makeover he’s engineered in Portland over the past few years, but has also revealed himself to be quite the egotistical frontrunner.  Here’s Blazersedge with some more thoughts on the situation.
  • I can’t decide what is more interesting: that the Heat only have two players under contract for next year (Chalmers and Beasley) and could potentially get 2-3 superstar free agents, OR that Riley apparently can’t give Beasley away to free up another chunk of cap space.  I still think that, once Miami does its big spending in free agency, they might look at Raymond Felton to fill a need at point guard.
  • With the aforementioned superstar free agency period around the corner, Mike Miller is (understandably) being overlooked.  But if you could get him for a reasonable price, he’d be a nice piece on a good team.  The Bobcats could use a shooter like Miller — too bad there’s no feasible way for us to get our hands on him.

-Dr. E

10 thoughts on “Bobcats Sit Out 2010 NBA Draft

  1. Newsinz

    I'm glad your grade was so generous, mike15. Chad Ford at ESPN Insider butchered the Cats, giving them the only "F" in the league. Cleveland somehow got a "C+", even though Antawn Jamison (the guy they gave up their 1st round pick for) obviously wasn't the answer to their championship woes. No picks for the Denver Nuggets, but they also received a "C".

    I call shenanigans.

  2. Spork

    Well, of the guys that are still out there, I would much prefer getting either Manny Harris or even Arinze Onuaku from Syracuse. There's still alot of talent to be had that hasn't been drafted. I sure hope we dive in with both feet and try to pick up a few undraftee's.

  3. br2850

    Somebody tell me why everybody looked over Scottie Reynolds he is the only undrafted All-American and did you all forget about his 2008-2009 March Madness Season.

  4. Bobcats Draft Grade : A+
    I’m grading them comparatively to their previous Draft prowess. It was smart of them to just stay out of the mess and pick up some talent to tryout on the cheap and non-guaranteed deals.

    I’m a little suspicous of Scheyer’s ability to make it in the NBA, but he should get a shot in the Summer League at the least. Now, Zoubek might have a better shot at landing on a roster just for his size and “know your role” approach to D.

    Nevertheless, we can only expect the Pacers to sign Scheyer, Zoubek, and any other Caucasian unselected in the Draft last night.

  5. reggie

    i also give an A+ on the draft didnt make any mistakes by getting involved, reynolds or scheyer would be a good pick ups and bring back tyrus. and tyson opt out lol and or restructure or leave but your killin us so is diop and narz. love you ray but i wanna kinda see what dj can do with some playin time. hey we gotta get a scorer off the bench this year cant play captain jac and crash 40 mins a game. gotta bring those mins down some larry get henderson some pt and we need a shooter as orlando help point out to us.

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