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June 04, 2009

Curry, Henderson gone before No. 12?

 Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he anticipates Davidson's Stephen Curry and Duke's Gerald Henderson both will be gone before the Bobcats' No. 12 overall pick.

Curry and Henderson worked out for the Bobcats Thursday. It's probably a given Curry is gone before No. 12, but I'm not so sure about Henderson. He'd help the Bobcats at shooting guard (although it was apparent from the workout that Henderson's jump shot still needs work).

I asked Brown Thursday how much need would factor into the decision at No. 12, and he said he hopes not at all. Brown believes you just take the best player, regardless of position, rather than draft to fill holes.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM | Permalink


drafting with no regard to needs has already put this team in the hole. That's how you wind up with overpaid guys like Gana Diop and Nazr Mohammed. You pass on the guy who fills the need, then you have to resort to trading for horrible contracts because you can't win hardly any games until the hole is filled. After you do that a few times you max out your cap, still have no star player, still don't have quality front court depth even though you've spent a ton of money there, and you've got so many bad contracts that you can't hardly make any moves to improve your team. Last year we ended the season with 2 starter quality PGs, two very good tweener SF-PFs(Wallace and Diaw), an overpaid bench tweener in Radmonovic, 5 centers, 1 good one(Okafor) with a huge contract, 4 garbage ones(2 of which make over $6M per year), one PF(May) who has been injured and/or out of shape his whole career and one SG(Bell) who was injured at the end of the season. The roster is horribly unbalanced and that's what happens when you never address your needs in the draft.

Posted by: Eddie | Jun 4, 2009 1:58:41 PM

hey rick can u please give us something about the team that we dont know like some player interveiws, how ajinca and diop are workin to improve, i mean what do u do all day u post the most random things that you have already stated like ten times, give us some updates or pass off your duties to someone who will do it.......i mean its not hard to check out how summer workouts are doing!!!!!

Posted by: trudukefan | Jun 4, 2009 2:31:51 PM

P.s.- i feel like the readers have better views and know more about the team than you, prove me wrong do your job........

Posted by: trudukefan | Jun 4, 2009 2:34:28 PM

Henderson's athleticism would make him a solid asset to the Bobcats. However, his shooting ability is average at best. The Cats don't need another wing with a questionable jumper. I am really tired of seeing them score less than 90 points a game.

Some draft projections have the Cats taking DeRozan. I hope the Cats don't take him because he seems like a less polished version of Henderson. I hope Charlotte brings in Clark and Williams from Louisville. I think they would fit well into Brown's system.

Posted by: Token | Jun 4, 2009 2:56:52 PM


2008: We only had one PG on the entire roster and then drafted Augustin. How was THAT drafting with no regard to needs? Meanwhile we passed on Lopez who could likely be a much more valuable asset for the long haul.

2007: We desperately needed a scoring SG and used the Brandon Wright pick to get J-Rich on draft night. How was THAT not filling a need at the time?

2006: And then my all-time favorite--We desperately needed a go-to scorer, preferably on the Wing, and took 28 ppg man Adam Morrison. Sure Brandon Roy would have been a better fit, but he wasn't considered the true scorer that Morrison was when we desperately needed one.

We HAVE drafted for need, with quite mixed results. It would be nice a add a great SG this year, but in a mediocre draft, just add the player with the best chance to be a starter someday--at any position.

Brown has it right, even though last year he didn't practice what he now preaches. ADD ASSETS!!

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 4, 2009 5:10:42 PM


I HOPE Curry and Henderson are gone before we pick. It's obvious that Curry is a bad fit with Felton/Augustin, and Henderson is a risky pick who could turn out to be mediocre. Then perhaps a safer bet of a player will fall into our laps.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 4, 2009 5:13:36 PM

earl clark....game set match we need this guy

Posted by: brad | Jun 4, 2009 5:54:45 PM

And given our track record in making trades to fill holes, we don't win anyway.

Token, Henderson can develop a jumper. As it is, though, he's very skilled in finishing at the rim and he's one of the best prospects in this drafts in iso situations.

DLQ, Henderson will never be mediocre. He will be a good on-the-ball defender and a quality rebounder for his size from day one. Add in his already good slashing game, and a jumpshot is all he's got left to develop.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 4, 2009 8:47:18 PM

Henderson can't go left, or shoot. He's not going to be a big scorer in the league -- at best, he'll develop some range over his career and his role will be to hit standstill 3s from the corner. I don't think he fits our needs.

Posted by: J. | Jun 5, 2009 8:41:58 AM

If we can't use a potential shutdown defender who can rebound and drive the basket, what the hell ARE our needs?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 5, 2009 9:56:14 AM

hahaha i agree M.Procton i think he'll be a great solid defender and a great asset to have, plus with raja's defenseive skillz all he can do is get better, who else better to develep him. When Raja came to the league he wasnt a scorer either and look at him now. I mean he's not ray allen but he does have a nice 3 and mid range jumper. And we need a slasher with him and G_DUB slashing, man that would leave diaw augustin and vlade open for those knock down three's. BUT IT ALL STARTS ON THE DEFENSIVE END!!!!!! LB we have faith u'll make the right choice(just ignore MJ lol)

Posted by: trudukefan | Jun 5, 2009 10:43:33 AM

Gerald Hendersen? Not available at 12? He'll be available at 24. He's 6'4" small forward with no handles??????? Are you serious?

Posted by: Matt | Jun 5, 2009 1:21:55 PM

Gerald Henderson will be every bit as successful in the NBA as us!


J.J. Redick
Shelden Williams
William Avery
Cherokee Parks
Trajan Langdon
Demarcus Nelson
Josh McRoberts
Shavlik Randolph
Roshown McLeod
Daniel Ewing

Posted by: Elevatorman | Jun 5, 2009 1:30:52 PM

Matt, he's nowhere close to a small forward. He's an SG and has always been.

Elevatorman, I got a similar piece of correspondence:

Gerald Henderson couldn't help but be more successful than us:
Joe Forte
Jason Capel
Dante Calabria
Serge Zwikker
Eric Montross
Sean May
Reyshawn Terry
David Noel
Shammond Williams
Scott Williams
Makhtar N'Dyae
Kevin Salvadori
Derrick Phelps
Matt Wenstrom
Jeff Lebo
Steve Bucknall

I could go on and on, but I'll leave with my favorite: Joe Wolf, perhaps the only lottery pick ever to go 4-3 in his career. Lotta studs in that group.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 5, 2009 3:52:38 PM

Let's see Joe Wolf who had a nba career and now is a successful business man is called out by Michael Procton. Please note the word SUCCESSFUL Mr. Procton.

Posted by: jd | Jun 6, 2009 9:07:16 AM

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