2. Gym rat is usually a backhanded compliment given to players that make up for a lack of athleticism or talent with a strong work ethic. Almost always applied to scrappy, white guys. It is safe money that Jay Bilas will refer to Nate Wolters as a gym rat during the draft. Rock star is just a guy that seems destined to be a star, especially in terms of marketing. Noel's high top fade is very rock star-esque.
3. Upside is practically the most important factor for drafting players. GMs have to think a few years ahead and project how players will improve. Ever since the high school and now one-and-done era, teams don't have the luxury of seeing players with strong college resumés to scrutinize. The players oozing with potential get taken by lotto teams b/c A) these guys have the most potential to become a star and B) it takes a year or two to go from being a shitty team to a playoff team so these teams have time to wait.
The GMs with good scouts, coaches, and draft well look like geniuses and turn their franchises around but bad GMs that strike out a lot just end up getting fired and that's a big reason why teams like the Kings stay in the cellar. Successful teams tend to pass on projects because they're trying to win now and need good basketball players right away OR they're so stacked that they draft and stash foreign players and high upside players overseas or in the D-league. If you're building a team through the draft, you really need a keen understanding of risk/reward.
4. Another intangible cliché. More or less synonymous with being a "winner." If Player X and Player Y look interchangeable on paper, you draft the player that has more "it." "It" to me is just someone that looks like a game changer or put his imprint on a game. Guys prone to disappearing acts or turning into ghosts don't have "it." But you shouldn't draft a guy over a guy that quietly stuffs the stat sheet just because the first guy has "it," production generally outweighs intangibles.
5. For this draft, this sentence is: "Well, we should pick this guy because he will at least be a tradeable asset." Oladipo would be an asset because he has a very safe floor, intangibles, and elite attributes. McLemore because of elite attributes (athleticism, shooting). Noel b/c of elite attributes and b/c bigs are always worth more. Bennett b/c of safe floor and elite attributes. Adams b/c of bigness and floor. Len b/c of bigness.
There isn't a single player in this draft that is a sure-fire cornerstone for a franchise so you just look for the best value per draft position that you can and wait your turn for the next draft.
Judge each of theses ideas:
1. Draft Mclemore
2. Draft Bennett
2.5 draft Len
3. Trade down and take Zeller. (Assuming reasonable compensation for moving down.)
4. Trade down and take Baz. (Assuming reasonable compensation for moving down.)
5. Trade out for useful though unspectacular big.
6. Pursue AI and Antoine Walker. Starbury as safety.
7. Burn Utica to the ground.
There are 5 impact players in this draft; Noel, McLemore, Oladipo, Burke and CJ McCollum.
It's likely the Bobcats will not draft one of them.
Bennett, Pope, Zeller and Carter-Williams are "maybes"
Len will suck.
2. Another good pick, also has a good chance of being best player. Fills a lot of holes: shooting, rebounding, athleticism.
2.5. Okay pick. He's still young with good upside, skilled bigs always hold value. Not as ready to contribute as many think, really needs to add bulk to be a traditional C.
3. His athleticism is overblown (you can train for those athletic tests) he plays really small. I don't think his upside is as high as many do, he didn't improve much at all from his freshman season. The compensation better be reasonable b/c Zeller could be really average. Screams good college player only to me.
4. That's a curveball. A lot of GMs are saying they won't touch Baz with a ten foot pole but it could be bluffing. Not a great athlete but I think he could be a good player. Not sure how well he'd play alongside MKG but he reminds me of a shorter, less athletic Carmelo.
5. That would be kind of sad. The concern would be hurting the tank next year and length of contract. If we trade out for a future pick that would be nice.
6. When you've got star power like that just sitting there you have to take it. Fortune favors the bold. Plus, Jordan would basically get them for free since they'd all undoubtedly lose their money to Jordan in card games.
7. Anything that gets the national media talking about the Bobcats in a positive light.
I have to say, McLemore is my favorite at the moment. Hope he's the pick if we keep it.
Which player is each of these body parts telling you we draft?