2013 NBA Draft: Charlotte Bobcats Should Consider Trading First-Round Pick

By John Raffel
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Steve Clifford needs to take a look at his current Charlotte Bobcats roster, think of the players he has coming back and the talent he’d like to get in the trade, then the new Bobcats coach should make a major decision: should the team trade their first-round NBA draft pick?

The easy answer to that is yes— if they can pick up a player who will be an instant starter and does not have free agency status for a while.

The Bobcats are obviously checking all their options and should see if there are any teams interested in the No. 4 pick. It’s doubtful Charlotte will be picking Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore, who are the top of this year’s class, bur the team website has put Otto Porter ahead of McLemore in the wish list category at No. 2, behind Noel.

It’s not that there aren’t several other players the Bobcats wouldn’t mind getting on their roster via the draft. Victor Oladipo is No. 4 on the Charlotte board, which is a mock draft kind of setup. He could be the guy the Bobcats would take if the other three are gone.

But Clifford’s first major decision for his new team must be if one of those four players would add more value to the team than a veteran player who would start and perhaps a second-round pick.

That depends on if Clifford is convinced Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can have a better sophomore season after a disappointing NBA debut. The Bobcats don’t want to be having too many young players that are struggling if they can get a veteran player ready to step into their lineup.

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