Gerald Henderson or Ben McLemore?
Hey guys... I've been writing about the draft around the internet pretty intensively this season, and as always, my main point of interest is, and always shall be the Charlotte [insert name here].
I wrote a very pro-Henderson piece... I also wrote a very pro-McLemore piece on the same day. I'll link you to both.
If you read in the comments of the Henderson article, you'll notice some dubiousness about bringing him back in his RFA offseason. Personally, I think it's a no-brainer, as long as he's not out for All-Star money. He's the obvious leader of the team, the only (good) player who's been around since the days of Smash and Jackson, and he's shown noticeable improvements in every aspect of his game.
On the other hand, I have no doubt that McLemore will be the best player taken in this draft. We can argue about it all day long, but that's how I feel. I make comparisons between Mac and Hendo, and I come to the conclusion that Henderson MUST be re-signed as long as he isn't commanding a massive sum of money, and the Bobcats should only draft McLemore (assuming he's available) if it's clear they won't sign Henderson. Otherwise, draft Noel or Bennett.
That's the short version... to get all of my opinions, you should read the articles I'll link you to. I've covered the Bobcats for a very long time, I went to 24 games last season, and every game I missed live, I watched on TV. I know this team like the back of my hand, and I know Henderson is about to emerge as one of the best shooting guards in the country, and his ability to play the 2 and 3, along with his chemistry with the whole team (particularly Kemba) can't be overstated.
Weigh in... I'm constantly writing, and I'd love to hear the biggest Bobcats fans tell me what they think. My work has most notably appeared in the LA Times and Sports Illustrated, and I write for various sites about various teams across the internet, most specifically the Bobcats and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gerald Henderson's piece
Ben McLemore's piece
So... who do you want? Henderson or McLemore?