2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Charlotte Bobcats

2014 NBA Draft: 5 First-Round Options for Charlotte Bobcats

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The Charlotte Bobcats had a banner year in 2013-14, reaching the playoffs for only the second time in their brief history. With the Bobcats to become the new incarnation of the Hornets next season, here is a look at five first-round draft choices the Bobcats/Hornets need to look at to continue to move the team forward into the new era.

5. Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early, Charlotte Bobcats
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5. Cleanthony Early

Cleanthony Early, Charlotte Bobcats
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The team needs depth at small forward, and Early fits the type of player Michael Jordan is looking for. Early would provide another tough defender and add much-needed scoring to Charlotte's second unit.

4. Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier, Charlotte Bobcats
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4. Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier, Charlotte Bobcats
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Napier is considered by many to be one of the most "NBA ready" players in the draft. He would surely fill a need as the backup point guard, as Luke Ridnour is not expected to be re-signed by Charlotte.

3. P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston, Charlotte Bobcats
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3. P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston, Charlotte Bobcats
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Hairston would fill a huge need for Charlotte: Three-point shooting. Charlotte was dreadful in that department last season and that is Hairston's specialty.

2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine, Charlotte Bobcats
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2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine, Charlotte Bobcats
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Once again, LaVine would serve a need for Charlotte at the point guard spot, and he has the skills to create his own shot and distribute the ball.

1. T.J. Warren

T.J. Warren, Charlotte Bobcats
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1. T.J. Warren

T.J. Warren, Charlotte Bobcats
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Warren is a player Charlotte is in desperate need for as a small forward who can hit the outside shot and create his own offense. Charlotte needs more offense, and Warren is the guy who can bring it to them.

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