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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Are Bobcats Likely Final Two

No one can say with any level of certainty that the Charlotte Bobcats will keep their No. 2 choice in the 2012 NBA Draft to be held tomorrow night. Instead, the team is trying to desperately and publicly trade the choice in the hopes of maximizing draft value and future assets. However if they keep the pick, ESPN's Chad Ford says the team is down to two likely candidates.

Ford writes, "I think you can safely scratch Bradley Beal off the Bobcats' board. (His entire adviser team breathes a huge sigh of relief.) Ditto for Harrison Barnes (another huge exhale). Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is very much in the mix, but if the Bobcats keep the pick, it still sounds like Thomas Robinson has a slight edge."

Robinson has been widely regarded as the probable choice at No. 2 in most mock drafts, but anything goes given the smokescreens often thrown out before the draft. The team could use the help in the frontcourt, for sure, but both players make sense given their leadership, competitive nature and productive talents that project well to the pro level.

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