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2013 NBA Draft: Charlotte Bobcats Should Stay Away From Ben McLemore

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

This year’s draft will be one of the most unpredictable NBA drafts in many seasons. No one can get a handle on who will be picked at a certain number and the speculation on who’s up and who’s down continues to grow.

The Charlotte Bobcats will have the No. 3 or 4 pick. The Bobcats favor going with a big guy. That’s their biggest need by far. If Ben McLemore, considered by most a No. 1 or 2, goes down a notch or two and is available with the Bobcats’ pick, it would seem logical for Charlotte to gobble up such a talented player.

The problem is that they already have some veteran guards and McLemore doesn’t really fulfill their power needs inside. If the Bobcats take McLemore, they would have to look to free agency for a clutch post player.

Who the Bobcats select with their No. 4 pick will also say a lot about new coach Steve Clifford and the direction where he’d like to take this club. He can see a problem with the Bobcats’ post game and can tell that they have enough already at the perimeter. But if Clifford watches McLemore closely, he can see what a stunning talent he is and the Bobcats might decide to go for broke.

They could go for a small forward like Otto Porter or Anthony Bennett, and chances are one would still be around that stage of the draft. Regardless, having the Bobcats with McLemore is not a match made in heaven or in the NBA. It will never happen.