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Old 05-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Chris Paul - ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM (and Bobcats draft history)

Alright, so CP3 is now a three-time All-NBA First Team selection. It's pretty clear he's the flagship point-guard in the league today (minus Derek Rose LOL), with Deron Williams having the potential to be up there as well, however lacking that "pure" PG element. The way I view Deron Williams, is more like a guard, whereas Chris Paul more like the very essence of a point guard.

Considering CP3 stays healthy and Derek Rose continues his trend of riding the bench IR in beast-mode, I'm wondering how many more consecutive seasons he'll be the leading contender for All-NBA First Team. Does D-Will have a shot at having a spectacular year while say maybe CP3 has an uncharacteristic off one? With the exception of Magic, would I be going too far off the deep end by saying Chris Paul is the best point-guard in league history?

I think back to the 2005 NBA Draft, and remembering just how damn lucky New Orleans was when they snatched him off the board with the 4th pick. Interestingly enough, his rival D-Will was taken by the Jazz at # 3. Just imagine how differently things could have turned out if Milwaukee or Atlanta had taken Paul (or even Deron for that matter). What sticks out the most and still stings to this day, is that the Bobcats barely missed out on drafting him, and instead selected Raymond fucking Felton.



We were so close! Wake Forest superstar, North Carolina native himself, man Charlotte would have been the perfect fit! There's no way to know for sure, but I think he'd still be in Charlotte if he was originally drafted by them. It's always interesting to look back at previous drafts and imagine how different the league would look today if team _______ would have drafted ________ instead of _____. The Bobcats have wasted some relatively high picks in this short existence, and with this year's # 4, we'll probably see more of the same.

Okafor wasn't a terrible pick, but Andre Iguodala would have been more ideal. It all gets worse from here (with the exception of Kemba Walker). Felton wasn't the worst pick in the world in the '05 draft, but imagine how improved the 'Cats would be today if they had the foresight to have taken Danny Granger (truth is, no one expected Granger to be as good as he turned out to be). The Adam Morrison selection is arguably one of the worst Top 3 picks in NBA history. The '06 draft was pretty weak in general.

I thought Gerald Henderson was a terrible pick and obviously a "local guy" addition to a team that is already known for it's hometown or home-state trend picking - but he's actually not all that bad, and somewhat coming into his own. The '08 draft was pretty weak too, so Henderson at # 12 wasn't so horrendous. They rolled the dice on yet another point-guard with Kemba Walker, and if he continues to improve maybe he's finally the answer we're looking for at the position.

At some point or another we have to hit the jackpot and get a # 1 pick. Getting the # 2 pick a year ago just isn't enough. MKG is young yes, but I just don't see him blooming into anything special. Beal or Waiters IMO would have been more ideal. From the looks of things, I don't see Charlotte being all that much improved from this/last season, meaning we'll have a decent shot at FINALLY getting that # 1 spot. If it were to ever happen, the 2014 Draft would be when it NEEDS to HAPPEN.

" ... and with the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select ANDREW WIGGINS ... "

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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well career wise he still has a long way to go, but as a player overall he might already be the 2nd GOAT PG
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Should have been first team it in 2009 too.

IIRC there was talk of trading the two picks for a higher one to make sure they could get Paul, but the Bobcats objective in 2005 draft was to get the locals' interest instantly by drafting players they liked already. Charlotte, despite not being nearby is a UNC/NC State town and CP was probably the most hated player that year by UNC (well besides Reddick) and NCSU fans.
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Should have been first team it in 2009 too.

IIRC there was talk of trading the two picks for a higher one to make sure they could get Paul, but the Bobcats objective in 2005 draft was to get the locals' interest instantly by drafting players they liked already. Charlotte, despite not being nearby is a UNC/NC State town and CP was probably the most hated player that year by UNC (well besides Reddick) and NCSU fans.

That's the type of mindset that has really hurt the Bobcats franchise. Management attempting to build a "hometown" team ... which IMO is quite moronic. It doesn't matter which players you have - if you're not winning, fan support is going to drop.

We're talking about a PROFESSIONAL sports franchise. MJ and company really did their franchise a disservice by drafting many NC/ACC players. Many of them in fact, were not expected to be good/great players at the pro level, but that didn't stop management from drafting them anyway.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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Bobcats desperately need the #1 pick. I think they have been favored multiple times only to come up short. The only way to change their franchise is to get lucky and draft a superstar. No legitimate superstars are signing out of free agency. Only starts who want to get overpaid are a possibility. They have been pretty unlucky to not have landed the #1 pick.

Its easy to look back and say how they should have drafted but you never ever know who will pan out. Most of the picks they got were kind of standard given the expectations of the players at the time.
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Stopped reading after Derek.
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Stopped reading after Derek.

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Bobcats desperately need the #1 pick. I think they have been favored multiple times only to come up short. The only way to change their franchise is to get lucky and draft a superstar. No legitimate superstars are signing out of free agency. Only starts who want to get overpaid are a possibility. They have been pretty unlucky to not have landed the #1 pick.

Its easy to look back and say how they should have drafted but you never ever know who will pan out. Most of the picks they got were kind of standard given the expectations of the players at the time.

IDK man. If you ask most experts, analysts, etc. - I'm assuming the majority of them will tell you the Bobcats franchise has been the worst drafting team in the past decade.
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IDK man. If you ask most experts, analysts, etc. - I'm assuming the majority of them will tell you the Bobcats franchise has been the worst drafting team in the past decade.

Yeah, looking back at past history, not that great in drafting but still, they havnt had the best opportunities.

Okafor at #2 was the clear consensus for that draft.

Cats needed a pg and Felton was the best available.

Ammo was a bad pick. Many experts wasnt sure how he would do in a stronger, quicker NBA. Clear example of trying to draft a fan favorite. Still overall, that draft sucked.

Their best picks have not panned out, but they have also been pretty unlucky.
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