Charlotte Hornets Should Target P.J. Hairston in 2014 NBA Draft

By Everick Davis
Peter Casey- USA TODAY Sports
Peter Casey- USA TODAY Sports

If there is one thing the Charlotte Hornets struggled with last season, it was scoring. The Hornets were an elite defensive team but left a lot to be desired on the offensive side of the game. With the Eastern Conference being as weak as it was last season, with a few smart moves the Hornets can become a top team in the East.

The Hornets have the best low-post scorer in the NBA in Al Jefferson, but he had absolutely no shooters to kick it out to. In free agency, the Hornets should be targeting all-around scorers, but in the upcoming NBA Draft they need to target some shooters.

The Hornets already know where their weaknesses are and recently worked out a few wing shooters. Out of all the players that they’ve worked out, former North Carolina and Texas Legends guard P.J. Hairston has to be the most intriguing fit for the Hornets.

After becoming ineligible to ball for UNC last year, Hairston was picked up by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. Hairston dominated in the D-League, averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Hairston could bring that hot shooting to a Charlotte team in desperate need of some perimeter shooting.

Ideally, Hairston is a guy that Charlotte could draft at the No. 24 spot while using the No. 9 pick on the best player available. Hairston is from Greensboro, so he already has ties to North Carolina. Usually North Carolina players haven’t worked for the Hornets, but this time could be different.

With Hairston, the Hornets could get the team a shooter who can light it up, but also use that 6-foot-6, 220-pound body to get to the basket. If Hairston is still available at the time, the Hornets should definitely give him a shot.

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