Tuesday night is the NBA lottery, which means we'll start looking ahead to the 2013 draft. Before we do -- I don't know why I'm saying we -- let's look back at 2012.
The Charlotte Bobcats had the second pick in the draft, and chose Kentucky wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Was this wise? If we knew then what we know now, would the Bobcats have selected Kidd-Gilchrist?
I like MKG's game. We knew he wouldn't be a shooter but we also knew that shooting can be learned, as Michael Jordan will attest. MKG was the youngest player in the draft. He will be good.
If I had the first pick in 2012, I would still take Anthony Davis, which New Orleans did.
With the second pick, I would not take Bradley Beal.
I would not take rookie of the year Damian Lillard. The Bobcats have a point guard.
I would not take Harrison Barnes. Barnes had a quiet season but did some good work in the playoffs. He goes to the basket better than I expected. Playing with Stephen Curry, he doesn't attract as much attention as he would with the Bobcats. I think he has the potential to be pretty good.
Many of you loved Thomas Robinson, who went with the fifth pick to Sacramento. He's not there anymore. Is he still in the league? Let me know.
What I would do if I were the Bobcats, and knew a year ago what I know now, is trade down and take Andre Drummond. Drummond, who went ninth to Detroit, is a genuine NBA center. He averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and shot better than 60% from the field.
But I'm comfortable with MKG.
You're saying: "Excuse me, Tom, but the only reason you like MKG is because you wrote 11 columns saying that the Bobcats should draft him."
I wrote 10.