Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Charlotte Bobcats 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Charlotte has a new head coach in Sam Vincent, and
will pick twice in the first round of the 2007 draft. The Bobcats finished the
2006-07 campaign with a franchise-best 33-49 record and did not qualify for
the playoffs for the third straight season.

Entering their fourth NBA season, the Bobcats should be ready to make a
serious run at earning their first playoff berth.

Forward Gerald Wallace, who can also play shooting guard and is eligible to
become an unrestricted free agent during the summer, led the Bobcats in
scoring (18.1 ppg) this past season, while Emeka Okafor grabbed a team-best
11.3 rebounds and Raymond Felton dished out a club-high 7.0 assists per game.

The Bobcats will try and keep Wallace in the fold, but it will be very costly.
Okafor, who was second on the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), and Adam Morrison,
who averaged 11.8 points during his rookie campaign, give Charlotte two young
forwards with bright futures.

Felton netted 14.0 in 78 games in 2006-07 and is on his way to becoming a top
point guard in the NBA, while shooting guard Matt Carroll collected 12.1
points per game and power forward Sean May posted 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds
in just 35 contests.

There is already a lot of young talent on the Charlotte roster. The Bobcats
have another chance to add to it. Florida’s Joakim Noah would add the winning
attitude and inside presence that could help Charlotte reach the postseason.
However, there are questions if Noah will be as effective in the NBA as he was
in college.

By selecting Noah at No. 8, the Bobcats would solidify their frontline for
many years to come. With the 22nd pick, Charlotte may have its eyes on adding
some depth to the backcourt.

Key Player(s): Matt Carroll (Guard), Raymond Felton (Guard), Walter Herrmann
(Forward), Brevin Knight (Guard), Sean May (Forward), Adam Morrison (Forward),
Emeka Okafor (Forward), Gerald Wallace (Forward).

Team Needs: Inside help on both ends of the court, toughness and depth at
guard.

Draft picks: 1st round (8th overall), 1st round (22nd overall)

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