Bobcats courting more NBA players than Kardashians

There’s little drama surrounding the first pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. But the Charlotte Bobcats, currently holding the second overall pick, have been flirting with more NBA prospects than the Kardashian sisters.

There’s not a lot of mystery at the top: Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets are a match, and there is little argument that the college player of the year from Kentucky isn’t the top talent in the 2012 NBA Draft.

But the No. 2 pick, which bounced to the Charlotte Bobcats, is where the plentiful date about the prospect pecking order begins.

The Bobcats had an NBA-record low winning percentage that gave them the best chance at Davis. But the lottery didn’t work out that way, and the Bobcats were dealt another defeat.

There are needs all around the team’s roster. Tuesday’s trade for shooting guard Ben Gordon adds what coach Mike Dunlap said was the team’s greatest weakness — shooters. He’s undersized like 2011 first-rounder Kemba Walker, but the two UConn products combine to fill the void for perimeter punch.

If the Bobcats don’t deal the pick — Dunlap said that possibility is very much in play — the options include Kansas junior power forward Thomas Robinson, Kentucky freshman small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida freshman shooting guard Bradley Beal, North Carolina sophomore small forward Harrison Barnes and UConn freshman center Andre Drummond.

Robinson recently held a private workout for the Bobcats and is projected to be the team’s pick. However, deals are reportedly coming in as teams vie to get in position to grab the prospect they prefer, rather than waiting to see who’s available in the middle of the lottery.

Whether it’s draftees or tradees, the Bobcats will have some much-needed company coming to dinner.

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