CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats fell one pick short of the big prize, Kentucky big man Anthony Davis. They’ll select second overall in the June 28 draft, based on Wednesday’s annual draft lottery.
At 7-59, the Bobcats had the worst record in the NBA, in fact the worst winning percentage in league history. They had a 25 percent chance at the top pick – a virtual lock to be Davis.
Now they’ll pick from a handful of other prospects in a draft where there seems little difference between the next seven players.
Among those likely to be considered:
Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson: A physically and mentally tough and experienced player who led the Jayhawks to the national championship game.
Toughness was an issue all last season for the Bobcats.
Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: He plays with great intensity and can be a superior defender, but he needs to improve his jump-shooting and ballhandling to excel as an NBA small forward.
Andre Drummond, Connecticut center/forward: He has the model body for an NBA big man, but he did little as a freshman to suggest he’s ready to do this for a living. The Bobcats need help inside, but Drummond is a project for sure.
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina small forward: One of the better shooters in college basketball and at 6-8 has good size for his position. But his development seemed to stagnate last season; he needs to be better off the dribble to create his own shot.
Bradley Beal, Florida shooting guard: Has fine jump-shooting mechanics and is a good athlete, but needs to extend his shooting range.
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut shooting guard: He has a knack for scoring and great length (a 7-1 wingspan), but he was often passive in his last season with the Huskies.