Tonight is one of the biggest nights of the year for me and many basketball fans across the country as the decisions will impact our franchises for years to come. Speaking as a Charlotte basketball fan I witnessed so many horrible draft picks over the year such as Adam Morrison, Sean May and D.J Augustein. I've also seen a few good ones like Baron Davis, Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist but when it comes to the draft I always expect the worst when it comes to my teams decision making. Today on throwback Thursday we reflect on arguably the worst 1st overall pick in NBA history.
June 27 2001 was the date and with the first overall pick belonged to the Washington Wizards. The board had many guys that could have helped their team become better such as Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson, Gerald Wallace even Shane Battier. All these guys went on to have a good NBA career making an all-star team, winning a championship,defensive player of the year or just helping a team out in the playoffs, but did the Wizards pick any one of them?? Well..........NO!!! They picked Kwame Brown the 6'11 290 pound blob of center. He was a beast coming out of High school but he is the living example of everything general manager doesn’t want out of its 1st round draft pick which is someone who is lazy and doesn’t take his game seriously. You can sense that about Kwame Brown just by watching him on the court over the years and looking at the back of any of his cheap basketball cards at his stats. He never progressed or took any dramatic steps forward to ever become anything more then a serviceable NBA backup. That’s what strikes me about Kwame is that someone who is or was once talented at basketball gets to the highest level of basketball and decides to just collect a check. I feel like if you work that hard to get there you should work harder to deserve to stay.
The same guy who drafted Kwame in Washington has the final say for my beloved Charlotte Bobcats (Soon to be Hornets) in tonight’s draft. I'm Hoping Michael Jordan stays on the right track like he has the last few years drafting the right guys like Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-gilchrist and stays away from the Adam Morrison/Kwame Brown type draft picks that haunted his legacy as an owner.
With that said I hope tonight my Bobcats make the kind of move that impacts this franchise the same way drafting guys like Baron Davis, Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson did. Here is to better days in Charlotte for basketball and good luck to your teams tonight if you have a rooting interest in tonight’s draft.
GO BOBCATS GO!!!!!!!!!