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Breaking down the draft: Who should be the No. 2 pick?

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal wait their turn to address the media as morning workouts come to a close for the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)


Over the next couple of days, each of our writers here at College Basketball Talk will weigh on certain topics and prospects. Yesterday’s question? Who will be the biggest bust in this year’s lottery. Today’s question? Who should be the No. 2 pick:

Eric Angevine: This is a very difficult decision. For me it comes down to a choice between MKG and Thomas Robinson. Both are absolutely ferocious in the paint and very athletic. Both can rebound. So I dig a little deeper in making my choice. Despite his bulk, Robinson handles the ball so easily – he was able to start the Jayhawk break by passing out of a defensive rebound, or really speeding things up by taking off downcourt on the dribble. His evolving midrange game and truly frightening upper-body development make him tough to pass up at the second spot. I wouldn’t.

Raphielle Johnson: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Bradley Beal would be a better offensive player for Charlotte, but regardless of who the Bobcats draft that team is going to stink for the foreseeable future. With the hiring of Mike Dunlap and their young roster patience seems to be the prevailing theme there, so they can afford to go with the guy who isn’t as refined offensively but seems to have more upside.

Daniel Martin: Considering his skill set, his ceiling may not be as high as some other prospects available with the second pick, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can make an impact and, most importantly, brings maturity to a team that was historically bad last season. The Bobcats don’t have the luxury of rolling the dice and taking a high-risk/high-reward player, which should rule out a player like Andre Drummond. Don’t be surprised if Charlotte goes with Thomas Robinson, another mature prospect.

Mike Miller: Brad Beal. He’s the most polished player among the lottery picks and would be an immediate starter in Charlotte. His poise, versatility and overall game would be a blessing for a team that needs all of that. Still, he wouldn’t be the savior. That’ll require many, many players.

Rob Dauster: With the hiring of Mike Dunlap, the pick for Charlotte should be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I think that he has the highest ceiling when it comes to the players being discussed as the potential second pick, and Dunlap has a track record for developing players. Look at what he did with Moe Harkless at St. John’s this past season, and there are quite a few similarities between Harkless and MKG. But as Mike said, one pick is no where near the answer for the Bobcats.