Its draft night. The most important night of the NBA offseason. The night, which makes or breaks coaches, general managers, owners, and team executive careers. The night which can make your team a championship contender. The night which can crumble their dreams. Coming into the 2009 NBA Draft, the Bobcats don’t know what’s in site. This draft is different. There’s no set order of how the picks will go down. Teams are keeping a tighter lip, not letting many people know which direction there going. But what they do know, is that a future star will be available.
All along in this process, Larry Brown and company have said that they will take the best available player. No matter what the position, Larry Brown will take the highest player on his board. Remember last year. How we all thought it was a given that Brook Lopez would be walking up to the podium when David Stern announced the Bobcats selection. How could the Bobcats not select the second coming of Chris Kaman? He would be the perfect low post compliment to Emeka Okafor, and form one of the best Power Forward/Center combo’s in the NBA. But Lopez and the Bobcats weren’t meant to be. Larry knew better. Remember the silence that ensued after Stern announced DJ Augustin as the Bobcats selection. Bars in Charlotte went silent. The thought “Who the ___ is DJ Augustin” went through everyone’s mind. Most didn’t even think Augustin was the best point guard on the board. Add in the fact that Charlotte had former top five pick Raymond Felton already on its roster, and to most people, this pick made no sense. Yet look at how well its turned out. Augustin outplayed number one pick Derrick Rose numerous times, and a bunch of other point guards when he saw the floor. The guys a beast. Hes the type of playmaker you can build your franchise around. The guy who from day one is the first one in, and last one out to everything he does.
What makes you think this years pick will be any different? At this point in time, all the Executives, all the media, all the mocks, have the Bobcats selecting Gerald Henderson. You know the guy. Star of the Duke team who has the hearts of many Bobcat fans. The guy who is combines NBA ready defense, along with excellent shot selection, and a knack for making the big play into one complete package. The guy who would be our shooting guard of the future. The guy who would make a difference now and on our playoff teams of the future. It makes perfect sense. A match made in heaven. A North Carolina guy playing on North Carolinas team. But don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen.
Recently, Brown said “I hope the best player does fill a need, but I’ve always felt you get in trouble when you go by position, Go with the (greater) talent and figure it out.”
The best player on the board could be Brandon Jennings. The 19 year old point guard who shows glimpses of a younger Allen Iverson. Terrence Williams, the type of player in that Andre Iguodala mold who has more talent than most players in this draft will ever have, or B.J. Mullins, who reminds many of a younger Chris Kaman. But no matter how little sense the pick may seem at the time, one things for certain. Charlotte will make the right choice