Every year, experts weigh in on how they feel each team fared in the NBA Draft. Although the results won’t be known for several years in most cases, it’s always fun to see what people think of the picks your team selected.
Per CBS Sports
In a day, the Bobcats transformed Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, the No.9 and No.19 into Corey Maggette, Bismack Biyombo, and Kemba Walker. That’s a great haul. I’ve never been big on either of the Bobcats’ draft picks, but when you consider the balance between an athletic super-freak who is unrefined and an established winner with limited upside, the Bobcats managed to grab two of the most hyped players in the draft. Biyombo provides length and athleticism to pair with Tyrus Thomas. Walker creates a complication at point guard with D.J. Augustin already being an undersized point guard. But Augustin has never won over the Bobcats organization and Walker will be given every chance to compete for the starting role. If his size issues aren’t as much a concern as they’ve been made out to be, and if his shot creation translates to the next level, the Bobcats have just instantly created their foundation for the future while ditching one of their biggest contracts. A great start for the Cho era in Charlotte.
Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears has the Bucks as losers for getting Bobcats’ Captain Stephen Jackson … which means the Bobcats were winners by subtraction.
FoxSports.com has Kemba Walker as a Winner
“After carrying UConn to the national championship, the 6-1 Walker heard that he was too short for the NBA and might slip out of the 14 lottery picks. Instead, the Charlotte Bobcats pounced on him with the No. 9 selection. And after trading away their leading scorer, Stephen Jackson, the ‘Cats will ask Walker to play a role that suits him perfectly — scoring guard and team leader.”
… and Jeremy Tyler (who was basically sold to Golden State for $2 million) as a Loser:
Once the No. 1 player in the Class of 2011, Tyler bypassed his senior high school season to play professionally abroad. Unimpressive stints in Israel and Japan raised red flags about his maturity and the 6-11 Tyler, despite impressive physical gifts, fell all the way to the Charlotte Bobcats and the 39th pick.
AOL / SportingNews has the Bobcats as Winners:
Charlotte was able to cross off some major objectives on their offseason checklist. First, they were able get younger with two players they had targeted, acquiring the No. 7 pick from the Kings and keeping their No. 9 pick. That allowed them to take big man Bismack Biyombo, a guy who, with forward Tyrus Thomas, gives them two very active shot-blockers. Second, they were also able to take polished Connecticut guard Kemba Walker, who will compete with D.J. Augustin at point guard, and will certainly be on the court with him at times. Third, they were able to get bigger, essentially swapping a veteran guard (Stephen Jackson) with Milwaukee for a veteran who can play both forward spots (Corey Maggette).