Who Will Be the Next OKC Thunder? Hornets and Bobcats

That’s right, I said it.

You have to love the drafting of the New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats last night.  The Hornets drafted two studs in Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, while the Bobcats selected my man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as well as Jeffery Taylor in the second round.

In addition to their drafting, the Bobcats also made a deal with the Detroit Pistons which netted them sharp-shooter Ben Gordon, as well Detroit’s 2013 first-round pick which is lottery-protected , top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.  All Charlotte had to give up was Corey Maggette.

The Hornets are led by head coach Monty Williams and general manager Will Demps, both rising stars in their professions.  If they can resign Eric Gordon, then New Orleans will have a talented young core going forward.

As I alluded to earlier (in the title), I think in five seasons the Hornets and Bobcats will become competitive in terms of being playoff contenders.  All they have to do is keep drafting well, and invest in their core.  As long as the Hornets keep doing the right things and the Bobcats keep Michael Jordan locked out of their war room, both teams will have bright futures.

As the saying goes, “build it, and they will come”.  Both teams have trouble drawing at the gate.  The fans will show for a competitive and winning team.  Otherwise there are some fans in Seattle that will…

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6 replies

  1. FYI, MKG was MJ’s choice. Just sayin’…

  2. I agree that both teams can become competitive and make the playoffs with 45 wins or so. In fact, Charlotte was there two years ago before they decided to move Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson.

    For a small market team to reach the heights of OKC, or, better still, San Antonio, a few miracles must occur. 1 – Get a top 25 all time player 2 – That player must want to stay. 3 – Get a top 2nd banana who doesn’t care about being the 2nd best on the team. 4 – that player must stay. 5 – Great coaching 6- Great scouting of role players to fill out the roster.

    That won’t happen too often but lightening will strike every once in a while. It keeps things interesting.

  3. JAG nailed it…what more is to be said!

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