There, it's been said. I'm annoyed by the articles that are currently headlining the Charlotte Bobcats page of Bleacher Report. Articles claiming Michael Jordan made these picks, that they were terrible picks, and that MJ should never be allowed to draft again.
Dear fans of the Bobcats (and writers who don't have the facts),
Michael Jordan had very, very little to do with the drafting of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor.
And even if he did (which he didn't), why are you getting so upset?
First of all, as much as I wish Thomas Robinson had been drafted instead of MKG, MKG fills a hole that we had literally no one to play and has one of the highest ceilings in the entire draft. As it is, he is an unrefined, more athletic version of Gerald Wallace, he brings instant energy to the Bobcats, he is a natural leader, his intangibles are through the roof, and his defense is second to none.
People tend to forget that we were as bad defensively as we were offensively last season. MKG will fix that on his own, but he'll also push others to do the same. His work ethic and desire to get better will push this entire team to improve.
The second pick in Jeff Taylor has many fans (and writers) complaining that he fills the same hole as MKG, and that he will be a redundancy on the team. Incorrect again, friends. MKG and Taylor are both 6'7"/6'8" small forwards, sure, and they are both known for their tenacity on defense, but what Taylor brings to the team offensively is, at this point, a much better mid-range and 3-point shot.
For all the great things MKG brings, his jumpshot is not one of them. Taylor's is excellent, and he can split time coming off the bench for both MKG and Henderson at SG, because he is an excellent shooter who shot over 40 percent from behind the line in a defensive heavy SEC conference last season.
And again, what's wrong with adding picks to add depth to a position that we literally had no one to play at after trading Maggette? Nothing.
Rich Cho is entirely responsible for this draft, and he drafts by the mantra that you draft for talent first, and then trade or use free agency for need. Michael Jordan himself was drafted third overall and is proof that Portland screwed up with their second pick by drafting for need.
To put it simply, MKG will be the second best player in this draft. Maybe not next year, maybe not in two years. But after he develops his jumper (which he will), everyone will look back at this as a defining moment in this franchise.
Drafting a first-round prospect, and by far the best prospect left at 31, Jeff Taylor will be viewed as a steal and will have a long and successful career in the NBA.
It is time to stop blaming Michael Jordan. He had virtually nothing to do with this draft—it was all Rich Cho, who knows a little something about putting together a team. After all, he was a key cog in putting together the dynasty-in-the-making of OKC. He knows what he's doing, and Michael Jordan did the right thing by giving him the reins in this draft.
Free agency is starting, and the Bobcats have a lot of cap room and talent to entice a decent center to come here and fill the only glaring hole left on the roster. There are also possible sign and trade scenarios, straight up trades,.. anything could happen this offseason.
Stop with the nonsense of blaming people that should receive no blame, and better yet, stop blaming anyone. This was a good draft by the Bobcats, probably the best in the history of the organization.
The future is here, and it's time to start building this team up, not to continue breaking it down and assigning blame just because it seems like the savvy thing to do.