Charlotte Hornets: Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft

Charlotte Hornets: Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft

Jefferson and Walker
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The Charlotte Hornets had an extremely solid NBA Draft and added more depth to an increasingly stacked team. Noah Vonleh falling to the Hornets at No. 9 was an absolute steal. Maneuvering to land PJ Hairston was also a good move, although I think they would have been better off keeping Shabazz Napier. Here is how the depth chart shapes up post-draft.

Point Guard

Kemba Walker
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Point Guard

Kemba Walker
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1. Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker is quickly becoming a prominent player in this league and is on the cusp of becoming a perennial All-Star. The Hornets need to address this position in the offseason since there is currently no one on the roster behind Walker. Someone like Darren Collison or Kirk Hinrich would fill the void nicely.

Shooting Guard

Gerald Henderson
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Shooting Guard

Gerald Henderson
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1. Gerald Henderson
2. PJ Hairston
3. Gary Neal

Gerald Henderson is not the answer at shooting guard; that much most everybody knows. He would be much better in a sixth-man role. PJ Hairston adds some much-needed perimeter shooting to the roster and should see a lot of quality minutes. Don’t be surprised if he surpasses Henderson on the depth chart before the season is over, unless the Hornets can land Lance Stephenson.

Small Forward

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
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Small Forward

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
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1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2. Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor is coming off of surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles, but all signs point to a good battle shaping up for the starting SF position. Kidd-Gilchrist really didn’t make the jump most expected in his sophomore season, but he is still young and has good upside. Plus, he is an excellent defender, which is a highly valued skill in the east with the plethora of potent wing scorers.

Power Forward

Cody Zeller
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Power Forward

Cody Zeller
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1. Cody Zeller
2. Noah Vonleh

Zeller should get an opportunity to show he was worth the 4th overall pick in last year’s draft. He had a disappointing rookie campaign but showed signs of development. Vonleh was a steal with the 9th pick this year, and if Zeller doesn’t deliver, he could be inserted into the starting lineup early in the season. Unless of course Josh McRoberts re-signs. Then Zeller and Vonleh move down a spot respectively.

Center

Al Jefferson
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Center

Al Jefferson
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1. Al Jefferson
2. Bismack Biyombo

Al Jefferson is a man amongst boys. He is quite possibly the best offensive big man in the game. He became the focal point for a team that was sorely lacking one. Biyombo had a reduced role on this team last year than in previous seasons, but he remains a quality role player. He is still very young and has plenty of room to develop behind Jefferson.

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