Nothing shocking here, but figured everyone would like to read it:
Now that the NBA trade deadline is behind us our basketball operations department will now turn its attention to the college ranks. Our scouting staff is working hard evaluating the top collegiate players as they conclude their regular seasons and begin conference tournaments. We have a group of seven scouts, including five who are focused solely on college players, along with one international scout based in Italy and one pro scout. Between the seven of them, Rod Higgins and myself, we see over 1,000 games per season in order to secure as much information as possible as we try to make the best decisions possible to shape this franchise into one that can compete at the highest levels of the NBA.
Those of you that I've been fortunate enough to meet have probably heard me talk about building through the draft. When I was in Seattle and Oklahoma City that's exactly what we did, using three straight lottery picks to set the foundation for what is now one of the premier teams in the NBA. In 2007, we used our own pick to draft Kevin Durant and were able to make a trade that allowed us to get Jeff Green. The following year, our lottery pick was Russell Westbrook and we used a second first-round pick acquired via trade to select Serge Ibaka. And in 2009, we added James Harden to that mix.
Obviously there is a little luck involved, considering that we had top-three picks in two of those three drafts, but I see that process replicating itself for the Bobcats. With Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo in 2011, followed by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor in 2012, I am confident that we are well on our way to building a similar future here in Charlotte.
Despite our shift in focus from trade deadline to college scouting, we will continue to actively evaluate every possible opportunity to improve our team this summer, via free agency, trades and the draft. We had dialog with nearly every team leading up to the trade deadline and will aggressively pursue players and assets that will help us achieve our goals.
We appreciate your support this season and look forward to having you back for 2013-14.
Nothing groundbreaking but nice to read nonetheless. I'm excited for the Bobcats' future with Cho at the helm!
Did he send you this BlockParty?
"Sam Vincent? To be honest with you, I don't know what his concept was." - Gerald Wallace
We should have at least two pro scouts. It seems like it'd be difficult for one scout to review both NBA and D-League talent.
But is your name mike, or are all the letters addressed the same?
yea I got the same email... and my name was at the top. I guess they wanted to give it that "personal touch"