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Building on the Bobcats roster to improve the Hornets roster

So we are now 35 games into the season and the team is what it is at this point. We have had a chance to look at the where the Cats have improved (defense/young talent) and where they still need growth (leadership, consistency, finishing), Wanted to throw out a thread on how to improve the team through the draft. What kinds of players do we need and where?

Cho has not shown support of trading away picks/young players to make a splash/push into the five spot. I think he is looking to take the pieces he has and improve the team through the draft, Its a much more fun team to watch and see if how these guys grow. For me I can now see how a player here or there and player growth would really improve this team.

Here are some thoughts of areas to focus.

  • Shooting with range. Bobcats cats can't do it. Tolliver currently leads the team on 3 pt%. Yuck. Spending a second rounder on a player like Shabazz Napier (UConn pt guard) or Fuqau Edwin (Seton Hall SF). Little Risk for a mid second rd pick but could they could grow into the position and both have shown some good consistency in range.
  • Back up 2 guard. Gordon will be gone. Phew. Henderson may be gone after next year. Biggest need area? I believe in taking best talent at your spot in the draft but I think the 50/50 pick falls towards here. Best match in the upcoming draft? Gary Harris from Michigan State? Is he just to close to Henderson? Wayne Sheldon from Kansas?
  • Back up point. I think Sessions contract is up this year. A passing point guard with size would be a nice compliment to Kemba. Samaj Christon from Xavier? Doesn't help with the shooting though. Thinking maybe with the Portland pick here.
  • Defensive center with NBA size? Coach has them playing better on D but how much better would the defense be with an intimidator on the back line? Willie Cauley from Kentucky?

Day dreaming into the new year for the 2014-2015 Charlotte Hornets.

Just as a reminder of where the team has come from..... Take a look at the 2011-2012 roster. Only three players from that team remain on the roster. Two of those guys were in their rookie year in 2011-2012

G 14 Augustin, D. J. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) November 10, 1987 Texas
F/C 0 Biyombo, Bismack 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) August 28, 1992 DR Congo
F 4 Brown, Derrick 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 233 lb (106 kg) September 7, 1987 Xavier
G 33 Carroll, Matt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 212 lb (96 kg) August 28, 1980 Notre Dame
C 7 Diop, DeSagana 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) January 30, 1982 Oak Hill Academy (VA)
G 15 Henderson, Gerald 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) December 9, 1987 Duke
G 11 Higgins, Cory 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) June 14, 1989 Colorado
G/F 50 Maggette, Corey 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) November 12, 1979 Duke
F 9 Moon, Jamario 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) June 13, 1980 Meridian CC
C 22 Mullens, Byron 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) February 14, 1989 Ohio State
F 21 Nájera, Eduardo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) July 11, 1976 Oklahoma
F 12 Thomas, Tyrus 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) August 17, 1986 LSU
G 1 Walker, Kemba 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) May 8, 1990 Connecticut
F 8 White, D. J. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) August 31, 1986 Indiana
G/F 55 Williams, Reggie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) September 14, 1986 Virginia Military
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