Comparing the Warriors to the Southeast Division

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Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cody Zeller (Indiana) poses for a photo with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats

Prediction: 2-0

The Bobcats have a few young players that could develop into All-Star caliber players.  But, right now, they are a work in progress.  Al Jefferson is a great all-around player and Kemba Walker is has improved every year since he entered the league.  After those two, the Bobcats just have a lot of potential.

Gerald Henderson has shown flashes of greatness since he entered the league, but he hasn’t been consistently impressive.  Part of that is because he hasn’t played a full season yet.  It can also be hard to shine on a team that has been one of the worst in the league since he was drafted.  But good players find ways to make their marks – Henderson hasn’t really done that yet.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a little underwhelming as a rookie.  He was tabbed as a great all-around talent, but his offense has looked very suspect so far.  He only averaged 9 points per game as a rookie, which could be because of his awful jump shot.  He has been working this offseason to make improvements and he is still very young, but I don’t see him making enough of an impact to slow the Warriors this season.

The Bobcat’s first round draft pick, Cody Zeller, was a bit of a surprise.  Nonetheless, he looked very good in the Summer League and will hopefully be one of the guys to lead the Bobcats out of the cellar.

The talent is there for the Bobcats.  It just needs to be harnessed and directed properly.  The Warriors have already figured out how to best use their talent – 2-0 seems like an easy prediction.

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