Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Instant karma for Bobcats/Hornets?

Tonight will be one of the more unusual nights in Bobcat history -- and it also has potential to be one of the best.

First of all, the team will officially announce at 6 p.m. that it will change its nickname from "Bobcats" to "Hornets," adopting the name of the NBA team that played here from 1988-2002. As I wrote in my 10-point plan for the team to squeeze all of the juice out of this nickname, it should also adopt the old teal-and-purple color scheme and speed up the process. There's no way this should take 18 months to get finalized -- you, me and a couple of good lawyers could get it done in six, I bet.

Only a couple of hours after that, the Bobcats will make their annual appearance in the draft lottery (8:30 p.m., ESPN). They are going to pick anywhere from No.1 to No.5, depending on how the ping-pong balls shake out.

Their odds of getting the No.1 pick are 19.9 percent. Their odds of getting the No.4 pick are the highest, at 31.9 percent.

But what if the team changes its nickname and then, two hours later, wins the lottery? The NBA gods owe the Bobcats one, after all -- they missed out on Anthony Davis last year despite having the best odds of getting the No.1 pick possible (25 percent). They had to settle for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist instead, and that was quite a drop.

So this is a good day to do this. If the Bobcats lose in the lottery as usual, well, that's just the Bobcats' rotten luck. We can all somehow blame it on Bob Johnson. But if they win, hey, they've only been the Hornets for a couple of hours and they're already doing things right!

As for the pick itself, right now without studying it too closely my gut reaction would be to go for Nerlens Noel if the Bobcats get that No.1 pick. I know he has a lot of the same skills as Bismack Biyombo and that he's coming off a bad injury, but Charlotte still just doesn't defend the basket well enough.

15 comments:

Alan Williams said...

I don't know Scott...Ive got a feeling the fix will be on again tonight. I wouldn'e be surprised that in order to appease the Maloofs for keeping the Kings in Sacramento, that they just "happen" to win tonight.

Keith said...

I would rather have the 4th pick and take Cody Zeller. He is actually testing higher than all the players at the combine and his skill level is high. A quick center that can play defense, shoot and play now vs a 200lb center that might be good 2 years from now.

RedAndBlack said...

The Maloofs don't own the Kings anymore.

Still I guess the Kings new owners could be appeased. It could be claimed it was bribed for us if we win b/c we changed names lol.

Says me said...

Alex Len is the ONLY option that makes sense.

No as for the name of the team during this crazy season.....how about the HorneCats.

Michael Bacon said...

Whatever we get, I hope we trade back for the Timberwolves' two picks plus some fluff. This is the wrong draft for the Bobnets to have an early pick in.

Anonymous said...

given the bobcats luck, we'll get number 1 this year...but whatever we get i'm hoping for a trade back

Bryan said...

Of course Charlotte will get the #1 pick this year. There isn't a clear cut superstar to be chosen #1. Next years draft could have more star power potential and Charlotte will once again draft low enough not to get one of those players.

David said...

I Like Alex Len too, I hate that he has the foot injury, but he showed enough skill in his play at Maryland. He has inside presence as well as a respectful jump shot. Not to mention he is a legit 7 foot 255lb center. If we can keep Henderson, McRoberts and get a decent 4 man in FA, drafting Len would give us a competant team heading to the draft next year.

DWS44 said...

Will fans attending the draft party/open house get to attend or watch the 6PM news conference?

Anonymous said...

Unless we win the lottery, I agree, we should trade the pick and add more for future drafts. I know we need size but Noel is not a Franchise big...he is no Shaq or Dwight AND he is coming off a torn ACL. I take McLemore #1 if we get it but with better drafts the next couple years I think having multiple picks in our pocket would be better

David said...

I like Len. I think he is a true 7 foot 255 lbs center. I do hate that he is recovering from a foot procedure. If we can keep Henderson, McRoberts and get a good PF in FA, adding Len would give us a nice team heading into next years draft where the talent is deeper.

Anonymous said...

TEAL & PURPLE

Anonymous said...

I like Alex Len or Anthony Bennett @ #4. Horncats next year is good.

BDUB said...

I doubt Charlotte receives the top pick in any draft unless a trade is involved. That being said I think its a blessing in disguise that we ended up 4th. Noel and Machlemore scare me. I think A.Bennett (UNLV) looks very interesting. A low post scorer on the squad with enough athleticism to match up D with Lebron? And use him at the 4 like Miami and NY have had success with. Go after a big from Utah and let B-Smack come along at his own pace. Add T.Evans who is lost in Sac-town and we have the talent that allows our young bees to develop some serious venom. There you have it, not a ton of cash thrown out there this yr, and enough picks next yr to be bold in the draft. Lets do it all before these guys end up with another name change playing under the shadow of a rainy space needle. Buzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Looks like nothing has changed. The NBA needs to get rid of this ridiculous lottery and just award the top picks to it's worst teams.