Four former Charlotte Bobcats made the Observers NBA top-100 Tyson Chandler at No. 26, Gerald Wallace at 63, Jared Dudley at 73 and Emeka Okafor at 78.
The head-scratcher of that bunch is Chandler, who was traded primarily for payroll relief (Erick Dampiers unguaranteed contract). Since leaving the Bobcats in July of 2010, Chandler won an NBA championship as a Dallas Maverick in 2011 and Defensive Player of the Year as a New York Knick in 2012.
What happened? Chandler and then-coach Larry Brown didnt co-exist well. Chandler let Bobcats management know he didnt want to play for Brown, after coming off the bench most of his first season in Charlotte. Also, the Bobcats were looking for a way to avoid paying luxury tax for the first time in franchise history. Acquiring and then waiving Dampier shaved $13 million off the Bobcats payroll (although they had to accept the multi-year contracts of Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera from Dallas).
Five months after Chandler was traded, the Bobcats fired Brown.
Redrafting the NBA 1-20
Who would you build a franchise around? If every NBA player was thrown back into one master draft, who would be the top 20 picks? Observer NBA writer Rick Bonnells take, with consideration for ability, age, position and injuries. (And yes, this draft includes one special rookie):
|Draft Order||Player||Team / position||Seasons|
|1.||Kevin Durant||Thunder small forward||five|
|2.||LeBron James||Heat small forward||nine|
|3.||Dwight Howard||Magic center||eight|
|4.||Rajon Rondo||Celtics point guard||six|
|5.||Derrick Rose||Bulls point guard (could miss next season with ACL tear)||four|
|6.||Chris Paul||Clippers point guard||seven|
|7.||Kevin Love||Timberwolves power forward||four|
|8.||Russell Westbrook||Thunder point guard||four|
|9.||Dwyane Wade||Heat shooting guard||nine|
|10.||Kobe Bryant||Lakers shooting guard||16|
|11.||Tony Parker||Spurs point guard||11|
|12.||Carmelo Anthony||Knicks small forward||nine|
|13.||Deron Williams||Nets point guard||seven|
|14.||LaMarcus Aldridge||Blazers power forward||six|
|15.||Andrew Bynum||Lakers center||seven|
|16.||Blake Griffin||Clippers forward||two|
|17.||Kyrie Irving||Cavaliers point guard||one|
|18.||Dirk Nowitzki||Mavericks power forward||14|
|19.||Anthony Davis||Soon-to-be Hornets power forward||no|
|20.||Roy Hibbert||Pacers center||four|
Could any of these players end up a Bobcat through trades or free agency? Probably not, for a variety of reasons. Some (Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki) are too old for rebuilding projects. Others (Kevin Durant, LeBron James, etc.) are already in the best position to win titles. And the way the NBAs collective bargaining agreement works, these players current teams have advantages in retaining them. The CBA allows the retaining team to give larger year-to-year raises and slightly longer contracts.
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