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07:14 AM ET 06.28 | Thursday night's winners ranged from the obvious in Anthony Bennett, to the Pelicans in New Orleans, and the Timberwolves in Minnesota -- but who was the night's biggest loser? Charlotte Bobcats: Well, at least they're used to being here. Not only did they reach for a player, but they reached for a guy who could wind up being a block magnet. And he may not be considerably better, at least immediately -- than Byron Mullens. Think about that. In a draft with so many good scoring weapons, they took a big with huge concerns about his ability to finish at the rim despite his size. Just not a great look with them taking Cody Zeller.

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June 28, 2013  08:30 AM ET

I think they reached for the 2nd best PF in a draft with limited 4's. I actually think Zeller can be good but they needed bigs and SG. I find it hard to pass up Len and McLemore.

June 28, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Give the guy a chance. I hate these analysts that declare draft day winners and losers...wait a few years, please.

Exactly. Draft night is nothing more than an educated guess (or some people's case uneducated). There are so many variables that determine how well a guy is going do nobody can possibly know how things will turn out.

June 28, 2013  08:53 AM ET

I laughed when the Barfcats took Zeller 4th.

June 28, 2013  08:53 AM ET

The pick is already being lambasted in Charlotte. Most expected McLemore or Noel. McLemore especially would have given them a scorer they needed. At least they should still be bad enough to be in position for Wiggins or Parker this time next year.

June 28, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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I think they reached for the 2nd best PF in a draft with limited 4's. I actually think Zeller can be good but they needed bigs and SG. I find it hard to pass up Len and McLemore.

McClemore would have been good. Bobcats needed some scoring.

June 28, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Bennett went 1st and Broussard reported Noel and Len are healthier.

LOL. Another Gary Trent.

June 28, 2013  09:08 AM ET

This video of fan reaction to the Zeller pick is hilarious:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o1sqoxXAr7Y

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June 28, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Bennett went 1st and Broussard reported Noel and Len are healthier. LOL. Another Gary Trent.

Bennett is a beast and will make his mark very quickly. Despite going 1st overall the kid is underrated.

June 28, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Just Plain Dumb, Bros.

June 28, 2013  09:40 AM ET

The draft turned out as we expected. Unpredictable!

June 28, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Yeah, I'm not going to say Zeller is bad, but that McLemore is just much better and should've been their pick.

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June 28, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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I think they reached for the 2nd best PF in a draft with limited 4's. I actually think Zeller can be good but they needed bigs and SG. I find it hard to pass up Len and McLemore.

Can't believe McLemore went down as far as he did. Dude is 1 of only 3 players that's actually NBA ready.

June 28, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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The pick is already being lambasted in Charlotte. Most expected McLemore or Noel. McLemore especially would have given them a scorer they needed. At least they should still be bad enough to be in position for Wiggins or Parker this time next year.

Michael Jordan is jinxed. They'll have the most lottery balls like last year and still miss out on the #1 pick.

June 28, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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I think he is the best offensive forward in the drafthe could be solid.but he may have some difficulty going forward if he is defended by bigger guys

I doubt it. The kid is an athletic freak with range on his shot and can rebound. He'll be fine, he's only 18 and still growing. He is going to be an allstar within two years.

June 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Can't believe McLemore went down as far as he did. Dude is 1 of only 3 players that's actually NBA ready.

the problem with McLemore is he can't create his own shot. Otherwise he is a decent player, that doesn't transition well to the NBA. To me he's a modern day Vashon Lenard.

 
June 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET

After reading the comments above, I think I understand Jordan's strategy.
1. Ensure the bobcats/hornets still suck.
2. Ensure the Bobcats are in the high Lottery again
3. Change the name to Hornets for some good PR and exposure
4. Stern will "Patrick Ewing" him Andrew Wiggins next year
5. Jordan can also sign Wiggins to his brand and actually make some money
MJ isn't as clueless off the court as everyone thinks, it only looks that way!

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