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JP

This guy is clearly an idiot. If he ACTUALLY watched Barnes he would see all the finishes at the rim with authority Barnes had, the inside game that developed, and the dribble fade away moves that made him so dangerous at UNC. Nobody gets 17 ppg on a stacked team because they are a jump shooter. If that was the case being as he was just a jump shooter he would of been their only one and teams would of just played him for his shots but they DIDN'T. Does he struggle to dribble SURE does he benefit from no hand checking in the NBA yes he does. He had the best combine out of anyone highest standing vertical leap and fastest player there. You are saying a man with better athleticism and scoring ability is not a fit in Charlotte at the 3? You want MKG who couldn't hit a jump shot if the rim was 3x in size? You want Bradley Beal who shot worse than Barnes from 3? You want Robinson who is only 6'8 and lifted only AS MUCH AS BARNES at the combine? Analysts are so stupid that's why most fans who know the game sit back and laugh at you. We will see who is the best and who looks like the best out of these players next year. SMH

Cheeseburgerface

Good points about Barnes JP. No matter where he lands, I will pull for him because he seems like a good kid who doesn't mind working hard.

DS

JP I understand where you are coming from. In this society we live in people remember the 1st and the last thing you do. When Barnes came in he struggled, he became much better maybe not what everyone wanted him to be but better. Then Marshall went down and he didnt have a good tournament, so thats the last thing remembered. I for one think he has committed himself to work on all the holes in his game and will be a success in the NBA. I would love to have him here in Charlotte at the 3. I am not sure anybody in this draft will be a superstar, but I believe they will help whatever team they land on and here to hoping Barnes lands here and we continue to build. I mean come on we drafted Bismack all on potential!

mac240

Barnes is money! Roy is not a good coach and he (Barnes) still performed at a high level. The Cats will regret passing on this guy!

MW

Oh look, another article from Sorenson and another slamming Barnes for having exactly what Charlotte needs. Tisk tisk.

Striktly

As mac240 stated, Roy really isn't that good of a coach. People seem to forget the tournament Barnes had last year. Had he entered the draft in 2011 he would have clearly gone 1 or 2 overall.

carder

This is a no brainer pick...

THOMAS ROBINSON

Michael Kidd Gilchrist is only 18 years old. Not mature enough. We need TR. Is is tough, physical, and can push people around. The Bobcats need somebody to push people around. TR and Bismack playing together will demand respect.

big daddy

Tom dont worry about the haters b/c you didnt choose yet another Tarheel to stink of the NBA court in Charlotte!!!! Im with you buddy!!!! MKG!!!! Trading down or whatever it takes to add another 1st rd pick! Barnes???? hell to da naws!!!!

PANTHERSFAN4LIFE

IM A TARHEELS FAN AND I ROOT FOR ANY HEEL THAT DECIDES TO GO PRO. BUT BARNES SHOULD HAVE STAYED ANOTHER YEAR AND WORKED ON HIS INSIDE GAME. FOR ALL YOU WHO ARE BASHING TOM. HE IS RIGHT. BARNES IS NOT AND I REPEAT NOT A INSIDE PLAYER. I WATCHED CAROLINA FAIHFULLY. AND BARNES TWO BIGGEST ISSUES IS NO TRUE INSIDE GAME. AND NOT GREAT WITH HANDLES. HE HAS WORK TO DO. BUT HAS GREAT POTENTIAL. EVEN BARNES HIMSELF HAS SAID THIS. JUST READ BACK AS FEW ARTICLES AFTER HIS WORKOUT HERE AND YOU WILL FIND THAT. HE IS A JUMP SHOOTER. BUT WHAT FAILED HIM AND THE HEELS THIS YEAR IN THE TOURNEY IS THAT WHEN HE'S OFF. HE'S WAY OFF. BECAUSE HE'S ONLY ONE DIMENSIONAL ON OFFENSE....FOR RIGHT NOW!!!

Ed

Kidd-Gilcrest is a warrior but im not sure what his long term ceiling will be..Robinson is a safe pick..you pick him and you can say "we picked he best player on the board"..but if you pick Barnes, 6"8 228, i think you have the potential of getting a Paul Pierce..The talk about Barnes not getting to the rim and being not mentally tough is a joke. Paul Pierce doesn't have a great first step but he has great footwork, so does Barnes..Being able to hit that jumper creates so much room for Barnes. He can use his jab step, pump fakes, big body, ect to get to the rack. Barnes has solid fundamentals on the offensive end. Get him in some real pro sets and watch him operate..I have no dog in the fight but Barnes has some offensive skills very similar to Pierce coming out of Kansas. Ask people who have guarded Barnes, they know he is tough..not the so called analysts.

BAL

Heels fan here as well and I would not draft Barnes at #2. Barnes had his chance to shine when Marshall went down. He disappeared. He averaged 44% shooting on the year, but shot 27% in the last two tournament games. He's unable to get create his own shot.

Airbrush87

You know who's a "jump-shooter"...Gerald Henderson. Draft the bad-Asz Guard from Syracuse at #2. Trade Henderson for a good SF.

slim shady

i agree that barnes lack of progress and no killer instinct is a result of playing for the great roy williams. he might be a good pick if the cats drop back to 5 or 6 with some trade though.

otherwise take MKG, only 18, plays hard, lots of upside and he is a winner that can step up.

Bruce

Pick Austin Rivers! What a BUST he'll be!! That kid is a complete joke...Bawhahahaha

Brandon

Drafting MKG at 2 will be the biggest mistake the cats have made since , well, any of their other draft picks. Beal is the only guy truly worth that #2 spot. If not him than trade back.
Barnes>MKG any day any way. Barnes should be ours at 4 if we trade back. Or get T. Robinson if the wizards take Barnes.

HEEL FAN 04

The Observer is always critical of the Tarheels! Tom never writes anything positive about them! Your paper is a rag!

MJC

The people that rave about MKG and rag on Barnes kill me. BOTH players have holes in their game. At least you know Barnes will put up points for you and play decent defense and has the ideal size for SF. MKG does have a motor, but that doesn't score baskets for you. Both guys are a risk. What if MKG can never find a jumper?

Rusty

Yeah, that's it. Let's draft another UNC player just because we're in Charlotte. Look how well that turned out for us in 2005...

slim shady

"always critical of the tarheels"

don't blame the observer for the bitch davis scandal and the annual get less out of talent than anyone else roy williams soap opera(complete with crying). the writers at the observer that rag on the heels are just being real.

oh yeah, and barnes game was better 2 yrs ago, he keeps getting worse.

slim shady

oops, i meant butch davis up above....

OR DID I ????

Westbrook08

I'm a huge carolina fan,but this is the NBA.Barnes is going to be a solid pro,but he is not shown enough progress in his game to warrant being the # 2 pick in a draft this big.It's not just that he doesn't drive to the basket enough,it's that his over dribbling and ball handling is not good.And most importantly,he's one of the worst passing forwards in the draft in a while,not just this year.He should have stayed in school.Michael Kidd Gilchrist is not the pick either.Being as a hustle guy is not enough.We traded gerald wallace in his prime,because we needed wing players who were more capable of scoring.That is still the name of the game.And don't come back @ me with barnes comments.I've already exlained my flaws with him.Beal,we just flat out don't need.He says he wants to be a combo guard and we already have 3 of those and i also happen to think that he is way overhyped.He can rebound and be a spot up shooter,but he doesn't play above the rim,and he's not particularly good @ taking guys of the dribble.Pass.The pick is thomas robinson.He's 6'9,he has a 7'3 reach,which makes him play even bigger,his perimiter games is rapidly improving,He's tough as nails,and he's great on the pick and roll.He's exactly what the bobcats nees right now.Rebounding and toughness were biggest problems on this team last year.And we need a mobile big man to help free up the lane for our guards on the pick and roll.We already brought in ben gordan as a 3 point shooter and there are other very good ones in the second round.But at the #2 pick,i simly think that robinson is tailor made for what charlotte needs.

slim shady

i'd take stilman white ahead of barnes...at least stilman got better this year.

take MKG, Robinson, or Beal.....trade back and snatch one of them mo fo's

Skinny

You say not to invest the second pick in a jump shooter...then say we should take someone who can't shoot in MKG or...wait for it...a jump shooter in Beal!

Pure brilliance as always!!!!

Bruce

Take Austin Rivers! Bawhahahaha

Bruce

Trade down and take Miles Plumlee...he might be the next Josh McRoberts! Bawhahahaha

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