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Depth not a worry in NBA draft

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times –

LOS ANGELES — And with the second pick in the June 28th NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select . . .

Oh, right, what about the first pick?

Well, the consensus is that the New Orleans Hornets will take Kentucky big man Anthony Davis with the first overall pick.

After that, the selections might get a little dicey — if only because Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has too many choices.

One decision Jordan has to make is whether to trade the No. 2 pick to get more quality players lower in the draft of equal potential.

It doesn’t help that Jordan hasn’t had a good history in the draft.

After all, he selected high school center Kwame Brown with the first overall pick when he was a front-office executive for the Washington Wizards in the 2001 draft.

That didn’t turn out too well. Lakers fans mostly remember Brown for fumbling passes in the post.

Then Jordan selected Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft for the Bobcats.

Strike two. Morrison, who also had an unsuccessful Lakers run, played last season in Turkey.

One major problem for Jordan is that his team needs help at a lot of positions.

According to several front-office executives with NBA teams, Jordan is deciding whether to take North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes, Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson or Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal.

“It’s a good draft, but there is just one star in this draft,” said an NBA executive, who was not authorized to speak publicly, referring to Davis. “But there are kids in this draft that could be in the league for 10 years and be nice players.”

Davis is the cream of this draft. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward led Kentucky to the NCAA championship by being a defensive force. One NBA scout compared Davis to Marcus Camby as a defender, saying that Davis has more upside as a scorer.

While many scouts view this as a good draft, some believe that a team can get a player just as talented at No. 2 as they could get at No. 17.

The Hornets have two first-round lottery picks, the first and the 10th. The latter pick came from the Clippers in the Chris Paul deal.

The Clippers only have a second-round pick at No. 53 overall. The Lakers also don’t have a first-round pick. They have the final selection in the draft, in the second round at No. 60.

“It’s a hard draft to make,” the NBA executive said. “You could get a guy at 25 that could be just as good as the guy you get at 17.”

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