gm in potty training (05-11-2013)
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?
gm in potty training (05-11-2013)
Why does it have to be one or the other? Can we not have depth? It's not like McLemore and Henderson have identical skill sets.
Twan's Kin (06-26-2013)
i totally agree with your hendo article 100 percent , but the only thing i didn't agree with is 4 years for 25 mil ? that is barely over 6 mil a year.you spoke so fondly about hendo ,then undervalued his worth really bad . ryan anderson , gallinari, batum, irsan ilyasova, derozan, landry fields(he got 6 mil and he's not 1/4 the player hendo is),and affalo all got paid around 8-10 mil for free agency and not one of them had a better contract year and played with less talent then hendo . the bobcats will be a top 10 cap space team when free agency comes around so there will be no need for a home discount . history shows that the original team tends to overpay to keep their players.
the bobcats have such an glaring hole at the pf and c , that we cannot continue to ignore it . lavoy allen, myers leonard, and ernas kanter had season highs against us ,also please don't forget the 2/20 greg monroe 4th qt beatdown(scored like 10 points in a row in like 3 min) and the 2/23 javale mcgee's most prolific 17 mins ever played lol.
alot of ppl may not realize hendo's potential , so they undervalue him ,but he may have the highest ceiling on our team ( yes more than mkg and kemba), and like the article stated, hendo is dramatically improving every year , so it a no brainer...... NO to mclemore.
Last edited by gm in potty training; 05-11-2013 at 06:01 PM.
personally, i feel i know who hendo is and what he will become. in other words, i know his ceiling and feel he is at least 95% there. that, in combination with his new contract, would make me want mclemore. and that is besides the point that i think mclemore will end up being much better anyway.
everyone is acting like the bobcats are backed in a corner to find this "superstar"? we do have options .
Last edited by gm in potty training; 05-11-2013 at 06:18 PM.
Lord, GM, get off Henderson's jock. We all know about your man-crush for him. His ceiling is not higher than MKG or Walker's. I wouldn't pay Henderson more than $19 million over three years.
For me, I say let Gerald walk. I like him, I really do. But he's not doing enough for me to think we should lock him up for any longer. But, I'm not saying we let him walk only to get Mclemore. (I'm still an Oladipo guy)
I Like Henderson. He's got a high basketball IQ, plays decent defense, his game has improved every year - especially towards the end of this season. He's good in the locker room. He'll never embarrass you in the community. He's the kind of player everybody wants on their team, the consummate professional. It would be a shame to loose him just as he's coming into his own.
All that said, I don't think he's a player you build a team around.
McLemore might be. I saw him shoot the lights out in a game during the regular season and then he disappeared during the tournament. That might be because of his youth, but if he didn't assert himself in the tournament, then he has a way to go before he's ready to do that at the next level. It will be a while before the rest of his game is as developed as Henderson's.
But the skill set seems to be there. He could be a cornerstone or a star.
I agree with Brother Dave. You can have both. When Cho was hired he talked about collecting assets. I think that what the team needs most is low post scoring and rebounding, but if that value isn't there when we pick and we can't get good value for the pick, then I could see us drafting McLemore even if we keep Henderson. You can always trade one of them some time later to get that post player we need.
I'm not saying that's what we should do, only that it makes a certain amount of sense given what Cho has said in the past.