Lack of talent the major HornCats problem…
I’m going to wrap up the three drafts that Rich Cho has directed for the Bobcats with a look at the teams with top ten picks in two of his three drafts. Those teams were Utah, Toronto, New Orleans, and Portland. I’ll also have a comment about a couple of teams that got it right in those three drafts. My final article in this series will look at the trades Cho has made and free agents Cho has brought to the team as the General Manager.
Utah picked Enes Kanter with the third pick in 2011 and Trey Burke with the ninth pick in 2013. Kanter is having a solid third year for them with 11ppg and 5.7rpg. Burke is having a very good rookie season with 13.5ppg, 3.4rpg, and 4.9apg. Many draft pundits consider Burke to be one of the steals of the 2013 draft though other players have had drops after their first season; but it appears that in those two drafts the Jazz have two starters from two picks.
Toronto picked Jonas Valanciunas with the number five pick in 2011 and Terrence Ross with the eighth pick in 2012. Valanciunas is finally having a good year posting 10.2ppg and 8rpg. He is now the starting center for the Raptors who lead the Atlantic Division. Ross plays about twenty one minutes a game for Toronto, 8.4ppg with 2.7rpg, and appears to be a solid rotation player for them.