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2012 NBA Draft Grades: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Charlotte Bobcats at No. 2

Charlotte Bobcats | Last Season: 7-59 (15th in Eastern Conference) | Draft Picks: 2, 31

Season Summary: The Charlotte Bobcats made NBA history during the 2011-2012 season and not in a good way. The Bobcats managed to win just seven games, which set the bar for futility in basketball history. It looked like that awfulness would lead to the first pick and Anthony Davis, but that was not to be.

Draft Needs: The Bobcats need talent, plain and simple. They can take any of the top prospects in the draft and come off better than they were. I would expect them to take a long look at a scoring threat on the perimeter or a solid post presence.

#2 Pick: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | SF | Kentucky

MKG is one of the most athletic players in this year’s NBA draft. He’s as explosive as they come. It might not show up in the stat sheet but he’s a fighter who works hard for every rebound, loose ball, and defensive assignment. His jump shot needs some work but you can’t question his mentality and athleticism.

Grade: A-

2012-2013 Outlook: With Mike Dunlap leading the team as the new coach, the Bobcats should improve. The key word is should. If they do any worse, there is something clearly wrong in Charlotte. Adding more NBA talent should help this team increase their win total, but they will still be the cellar dwellers of the NBA.

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