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Nerlens Noel vs. Ben McLemore vs. Shabazz Muhammed.


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#1 PantherBrew

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

It is an almost certainty that the Bobcats/Charlotte Hornets will have a top 3 pick in the NBA draft. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out which route that we need to take.

My personal drafting philosophy, in basketball and football, is to take players with extremly high ceilings. I love potential.

I will admit, I haven't watched much on McLemore, but it seems to me that he is in the mold of a Ray Allen, best case. Which is awesome if that what he ends up being.

But, I am just so damned intrigued by Nerlens Noel. The potential to have a big, super atheltic 7 foot shot blocker is so wanted. He is so raw, but with limitless potential.

Shabazz Muhammad seems to have a lot of the tools of an NBA super star, but I am not sure if his jumpshot is as consistant. Also, read about his post game reaction to larry drew hitting the game winnner. Not sure what to think about him.

I am leaning Nerlens Noel just because dominant defensive centers are so valuable and rare

What say ye?

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

McLemore! Not even close. We better get that no.1 pick bc McLemore is going first. I'm not going to settle for a Noel, Shabazz, or Zeller.

McLemore has superstar abilities that will have instant impact for this young team and toward the future. Someone like a Lebron, Wade, Kobe, KD that becomes the face of the franchise and an every year AllStar player.

Bazz, Noel, and Zeller will be very good players but not All Stars.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

we're gonna be drafting first....if not, I'm going to see Stern personally.

with the first pick, even in a bad draft, you should not have to take someone with "potential".

Mc is the sure thing. Has bazz hit 30 this season? Mc just did the other day.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

I agree.

Noel steps in and from day one is a top 10 defensive center in the league. So it's not like he is just potential.

If you think mc's ceiling is ray Allen or Kobe. Then yeah you pull the trigger. But if he is basically Bradley beal then I'd rather take the big man.

I'm not anti mclenmore by any means. We have just had a huge hole in the middle for years. And Noel could plug that.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

I am completely against Shabazz at this point.

Noel, to me, can become a tremendous C and one of the best in the game. He can do everything except score. Good passer, terrific ball handling for a big, block shots, get steals very well, and run the floor. He does it all. The scoring will come and when it does, he will be the most complete C in the league.

McLemore is a guy that really intrigues me. He can light up the scoreboard when he is on. He also has shown the ability to create his own shot at times. My only problem is that he seems too similar to Hendo with a better long ball but not as good of a mid range. Crazy athletic, but not aggressive enough for it to matter most of the time. Above average on ball defender.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

1. Noel: I think we need a big man this draft because I feel like the wing players are deeper in the 2014 draft.

2. Shabazz: I am on the Shabazz over McLemore camp for a few reasons...
a. Shot Creativity - he has the 3 ball, mid range jumpers, post ups, floaters, pretty much every shot out there. Think about it, how many times do we have the ball with 5 seconds on the clock and one of our PGs have to create something. Now we would have another player to do that as well!

b. Mentality - I loved the fact he was pissed he didn't get a chance to take the last shot. We need somebody who needs to be #1 or has that mentality. Being selfish isn't bad in the NBA.


3. McLemore
a. Love his spot up jump shot! Its money
b. Love his athleticism
c. Don't like his shooting with pressure coming at him and he needs to put the ball on the floor

#7 GamecockSmitty4

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

2. Shabazz:
b. Mentality - I loved the fact he was pissed he didn't get a chance to take the last shot. We need somebody who needs to be #1 or has that mentality. Being selfish isn't bad in the NBA.


What happens when Kemba pulls up for the game winner? Shabazz will pout because he didn't shoot. I don't think Bazz and Kemba can coexist. And it's not because Kemba is selfish.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

well fug.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

well fug.


This. I really hope he is ok. He has a very promising future and seems to be a standup guy.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

I am completely against Shabazz at this point.

Noel, to me, can become a tremendous C and one of the best in the game. He can do everything except score. Good passer, terrific ball handling for a big, block shots, get steals very well, and run the floor. He does it all. The scoring will come and when it does, he will be the most complete C in the league.

McLemore is a guy that really intrigues me. He can light up the scoreboard when he is on. He also has shown the ability to create his own shot at times. My only problem is that he seems too similar to Hendo with a better long ball but not as good of a mid range. Crazy athletic, but not aggressive enough for it to matter most of the time. Above average on ball defender.


You gotta be trippin to have the nerve to compare McLemore to Hendo.

I wouldn't even let Hendo eat McLemore's poop.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

What happens when Kemba pulls up for the game winner? Shabazz will pout because he didn't shoot. I don't think Bazz and Kemba can coexist. And it's not because Kemba is selfish.


Kemba should let another guy if it is Shabazz to take the winning shot. Haven't seem much of Kemba winning the game in the last sec since his Uconn days.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

I agree.

Noel steps in and from day one is a top 10 defensive center in the league. So it's not like he is just potential.

If you think mc's ceiling is ray Allen or Kobe. Then yeah you pull the trigger. But if he is basically Bradley beal then I'd rather take the big man.

I'm not anti mclenmore by any means. We have just had a huge hole in the middle for years. And Noel could plug that.


McLemore is more Allen than Beal. I thought Beal was a very good prospect last year but damn McLemore is 10x Beal.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

Noel fuged up his knee

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

McLemore is more Allen than Beal. I thought Beal was a very good prospect last year but damn McLemore is 10x Beal.


Mclemore is more athletic then both. He is way more explosive .

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

You gotta be trippin to have the nerve to compare McLemore to Hendo.

I wouldn't even let Hendo eat McLemore's poop.


I was comparing them more about the explosiveness. Hendo is a tremendous athlete, but you rarely see it because he isn't extremely aggressive. Same with McLemore.

Kemba should let another guy if it is Shabazz to take the winning shot. Haven't seem much of Kemba winning the game in the last sec since his Uconn days.


See Kemba vs Minnesota.

Also, Kemba gave up the game winner to Sessions against the Celtics last night.


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