Oh really? Is number 1 a better draft pick than number 2? Thanks for clearing that up. You missed the point. For the Bobcats its not about 1 or 2 because you can't control that. Its about putting yourself in the best position to get the best asset you can, and at this point winning does nothing but hurt your chances.
So as far as the OP is concerned... the answer is no we won't be upset if we don't get number 1. Is it best sure. Is it devastating no. Collect valuable assets... its the only realistic goal you can have.
Oden was a better prospect than KD. Nothing is ever a sure thing. Including Davis. Was he the consensus best prospect last year, yes. Was he/is he a sure thing... nope, no more than MKG was at 2. You put yourself in the best situation possible, thats our only goal.
Just got to pick the best player available for us wherever we land. I don't really care if we miss the #1 pick this year b/c there are at least 4 guys that should be good picks for us in Noel, McLemore, Bennett, and Muhammad.
I think McLemore is the kid we need in this draft. We need an elite scorer and I think he has the potential to be one. The kid is freaky athletic.
We are tanking but it wasn't about 1 player last year and it won't be about 1 player this year either. Its about putting yourself in the best possible position. Would it have been nice to get #1 and have the choice of anyone in the draft last year and take Anthony Davis yes. But we can't control that. Cho isn't sitting in his office making decision based on outcomes he can't control. Cho didn't build a plan based around landing Anthony Davis. Having 2 allowed us to pick from anyone in the draft not named Anthony Davis and you're telling me that didn't matter? In your mind it may not have mattered because 2-9 are all the same player, but in a tangible world not built around NBA2k13 style rankings, having the best pick allows more flexibility in who you take or what other assets you can turn the pick into.
Same goes for this year. If we finish last in the league we are guaranteed a top 4 pick. That is our goal and its all we are concerned with because its all we can control.
If what you're arguing is that Jordan won't be forced to fold the team if they don't get the #1 overall, then sure. McLemore looks a half-tier better than the rest of the field, but that might change as well. However, if you're arguing that there aren't years where it's pick #1 and then "the field" following him up, you're flat-out wrong. Obviously being able to take your pick of "the field" gives each pick lower incrementally less value, there was a huge drop in value from pick one to pick two last year. That's what it means when someone says a draft is all about one player. This year, that isn't the case.