By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on May 22, 2014
Interestingly enough, the Charlotte Hornets don’t own their first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but will still pick twice in the first round. They have the Pistons’ lottery pick and also the 24th pick thanks to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Gerald Wallace trade. Late in the first round, where should the Bobcats look to go with their selection?
I’m assuming the Hornets address their big man needs with the ninth pick for most of these players, Adams included. In need of a wing scorer, Adams could very well be that player for Charlotte. He has good size and length and though his athleticism was underwhelming at the combine, he showed he can score quite well in college. If available, Adams is a definite option.
McDaniels played small forward primarily at Clemson, but he could be an option for the Hornets to plug in off the bench at the two. He’s an impressive athlete with good size on the wing and was prolific scoring for the Tigers. His long-range shooting needs work, which lessens the likelihood that Charlotte would take him, but there’s no denying the man’s talent.
It’d be a huge gamble for the Bobcats to try and wait it out for Payne with the 24th pick considering he’s projected by most to go a few picks earlier, but it doesn’t hurt to dream. Payne has definite size, strength and length, but also a great deal of skill. He can score offensively inside and on the perimeter and isn’t a liability defensively. Payne going late in the first could be a steal for some team.
If the Hornets look to go international, they have to look at Bogdanovic. It would be a bit of a reach, but the 21-year-old Serb has a world of talent and potential. He’s proven to be a good scorer in Europe that can light it up from deep, but also can fill up the box score all over as well. It’d be a risk, but with some comparing him to Manu Ginobili, he’d be an interesting play for Charlotte.
After being dismissed from UNC without playing a game this past year, Hairston tore it up in the D-League. With good size and athleticism, the 21-year-old can score in a variety of ways and also rebound well for his position. Though he didn’t get to showcase it much in the latter part of his D-League stint, he’s also a veracious defender. Hairston is the guy that could take Charlotte to another level very soon.
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