Monday , Jun , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Charlotte Bobcats 2004 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats officially joined the NBA on May
3rd and became the league’s 30th team.

Charlotte will tip off its inaugural season at the Charlotte Coliseum, playing
in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, under the NBA’s new
divisional alignment, which goes into effect next season. In addition to the
Bobcats, the division includes the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
and Washington Wizards.

The Bobcats will make their first draft selection in the 2004 NBA Draft They
own the 4th and 33rd overall picks. As an expansion team, Charlotte will be
looking to pick the best players available.

High school phenom Shaun Livingston, who is a 6-7 point guard, could be
the pick for the Bobcats at No. 4. Charlotte can afford to invest in a high
school player and wait for him to develop.

If the Bobcats decide that they would like to draft someone with college
experience, Connecticut’s Ben Gordon could be the ticket. Gordon is a 6-2
guard who can knock down the jumper and can handle the rock.

Bobcats general manager and head coach Bernie Bickerstaff will make the
decision that will steer the Charlotte franchise in a specific direction.

Team Needs: Everything.

Draft picks: 1st round (4th overall), 2nd round (33rd overall).

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