In 2005 the University of Utah was the first school in NCAA history to have the #1 overall picks in both the NFL and NBA drafts (Alex Smith and Andrew Bogut respectively). As I look through the annals of sports history I can't find an occasion where the same city ended up with the two most important players on NCAA championship teams in their respective sports.
The first part as we all know came in April when the Panthers drafted Cam Newton, but the second element came to fruition Thursday night as the Charlotte Bobcats drafted PG Kemba Walker of the NCAA champion UCONN Huskies, and MVP of the NCAA tournament. In both cases we've heard the term "winning can not be underestimated". In doing so it became very curious to see how the two major sporting teams mirror each other in decisions and construction this off-season and draft.
After the jump we'll look at the curious similarities between both franchises
- Both the Panthers and Bobcats have undergone a veteran purge in the last 12 months
- Both organizations took risks with their first picks in the draft on extremely talented, but technically flawed players (Newton, Biyombo)
- Both teams changed coaching staffs in the last 12 months, and both new regimes focused more on offense.
Granted, I know this isn't strictly a Panthers' post... but I felt it was curious to see how both the major franchises in the Charlotte area were echoing each other.