I understand that a star player could help us immensely, but how many stars have we draft in Charlotte? Not one player in 9 years is a player I'd give a max contract too. Not 1, not any of our 5 top 5 picks. Let's look even further...How many players have we drafted that would be a starter on a contending team? Maybe Kemba, but who else? Felton is, but the Knicks would surely love to upgrade that position. That's 2 players that would be a starter on a contending team, in 9 years...
I hate to be so pessimistic, I love this team, but nothing really gives me hope where I see immense improvement. I personally don't see us being a "contender" anytime in the future, not in a year, not in two years, not in three, whether we tank and get the number 1 pick every year, our draft history doesn't me convinced that tanking is the solution. I liked the Kemba selection, I like the Zeller selection, and I was huge on Biyombo, but I don't see anyone but possibly Kemba being an all-star, and unfortunately that may come on another team if we continue to tank for umpteen years.
Well we do have like 3 picks next year, so we could still attempt to get better and come away with some good players if this draft is as deep as everybody is making it out to be, before the injuries and returns to school.
I wish I could be a half-full guy, but its hard to be with 8 of 9 not just losing season, but horrific seasons. As far as the MKG pick, I hope he proves me wrong, but I thought it was a waste of a pick. Athletic guy, who gets a lot of his points on easy dunks and layups do to his defense, other than that he can't make a jumpshot to save his shot with that ugly thing. He was the number 1 blocked guy in the league for a reason. Unless that changes, it leads to a lot of empty possessions.
As far as a go-to player, I agree we need one, but we've never drafted one, nor never signed one, hard to expect us to do so after 9 years of failing to do so. The best players we've ever had came through an expansion draft and trades, not through our draft. Also I'm not petting on getting Wiggins, also not telling how he does in college, his stock may fall to the point he stays in school, there is really no telling. Also we sign a guy like Al, we still have 3 first rounders next year that we can maneuver around to move up if we really want.
Yo Im psyched that we reached out to Al. I'm not even gonna get into this but we absolutely cannot count on tanking. We will be better next year even with the same roster as last year....so I think Wiggins is 10000000% never happening. Lets acquire talent now and develop what we already have.
Fan base is truly being too impatient... The Charlotte franchise will never be a competitor for an NBA championship hoping for scraps off the FA heap piles after the big market teams are through picking up the best talent. It just doesn't work that way for a franchise with no real tradition. We can't gather the necessary pieces to truly compete for a championship through FA right now. So what you guys are saying is you're tired of being bad, so you'd just sell your soul for mediocrity. I understand the feelings behind it. I just totally disagree with that mentality.
Our best shot is getting an immense talent or two out of the draft. Yes we haven't had good drafts before but it's not often been a case where we were in actual draft position to get the real "FRANCHISE" type talents. Many like myself see a few guys possibly with that type of talent in the upcoming draft and feel while our team rounding out a potential laden young roster, continues to grow and clearly can not compete for the playoffs really (much less a championship outside of the Summer League Vegas), we might as well put some real focus on the 2014 draft. We also have potential for adding more than one selection there. Regardless if the draft truly turns out as deep and talented as some expect, after that draft and with the coming rebrand is going to be the perfect time to strike gold and put our cards on the table. Making hasty moves now really just screws the whole rebuild that we have been suffering through. (I swear I'd give up on this team if we lose our pick to Chicago in next years draft)
I definitely would not mind having Jefferson if the situation was right. Maybe he'll be understanding of coming here and going along with the "growth" of our team focusing on next years draft to truly bust through as the Hornets... I just don't agree with feebly going along with small market mediocrity... it's bs and a waste of time as a fan.
Tankers are really expecting for Kemba, Hendo, MKG, Biz, and Zeller to not show any signs for life or improvement, and they're expecting the coaching staff to not earn the team a few more wins. It's silly. I'd love a top 5 pick, and even with Jefferson, I think we'd be in the running for one. But there's not a single center prospect with JEfferson's talent in next year's draft, or in next year's FA, barring Greg Monroe, who's an RFA and will be matched. Taking a run at Jefferson (who, by the way, doesn't turn 29 until January) is smart. He improves the bigs on and off the court, gives us scoring inside, and lets Zeller do his thing at stretch 4. If he can come here at a reasonable price, we'd be foolish not to take it. Cho is much smarter than all of us, and he's not blowing the rebuilding plan just to make a splash in free agency. If he wants Jefferson, it's because he thinks he's going to make this team better in the long run.
Landing Wiggins is extremely unlikely. Landing Randle, Gordon, Parker, or Smart are in the realm of possibility, but even without Big Al, there's still a chance we play our way out of the bottom 5. I'm just saying. What then? We have a team with the 7th pick, no center, and our rebuilding process is put on hold again.
You get a chance at a guy like Big Al, and as long as the deal is right and not too long, you take it. Period. Makes this team much more attractive to other FAs, and it keeps the winners on this team happy. Guys like Kemba, MKG, Hendo... they're not staying forever if we just plan on rebuilding and missing out and keep rebuilding. They want to win.
I lost all my respect for Al Jeff after he basically gave up in the 2012 playoffs.