By Randall Hampton on June 14, 2014
The Charlotte Hornets’ future looks bright coming off a playoff appearance, and with picks No. 9 and 24, Charlotte has options. Here are five players the Hornets should stay away from in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Charlotte Hornets also have pick 24 in the first round, and the team could look to add frontcourt depth. If the team goes that route, Jerami Grant is not the answer. Charlotte has long athletic wing players like Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and adding another player with a similar skill set will not solve the team’s offensive issues. Jerami Grant has the potential to be a solid pro, but it won’t happen in Charlotte.
Gary Harris impacts the game on both ends of the floor. His ability to shoot and create offense could entice the Charlotte Hornets at pick nine, but the team should beware of how he fits next to Kemba Walker defensively. Both players are small for their position, and that could lead to mismatches every night.
Shooters are at the top of the list for the Charlotte Hornets, but Nik Stauskas should not be. Doug McDermott should be the team’s target at pick nine. He is a better overall scorer, and his size will help him get his shot off at the next level. Neither prospect will be a great defender, but McDermott allows Kidd-Gilchrist to play the shooting guard position. Stauskas doesn’t provide the same versatility.
Aaron Gordon is a hyper athletic forward with a unique skill set. Unfortunately, that skill set does not include shooting. Gordon is small for a power forward at 6-foot-9 and nearly 230 pounds, but he has not shown the offensive skills on the perimeter to be a small forward. The Charlotte Hornets need shooters, and that just isn’t Gordon’s forte.
The Charlotte Hornets are in need of a backup point guard, and the fact that Kemba Walker and Napier played together at the University of Connecticut makes Napier seem like a perfect fit. His game is too similar to Walker’s game. Both are offense first point guards with deadly quickness off the dribble. Charlotte needs a change of pace behind Walker, and Napier might not be that guard.
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