The Charlotte Hornets reached a crossroads at the end of this season. Would they keep the team intact and give Kemba Walker a new max contract or would they look to rebuild? We all know that answer since Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is putting his money into his own tequila, which is called Cincoro. Nevertheless, the rebuild is back on in Charlotte because they have only been to the NBA playoffs once this decade. Let’s take a look at their picks from the 2019 NBA Draft.
#12 P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky. 6’6″, 230 lbs. (15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Washington was one of the most improved players in college basketball last season. He has improved his offensive range along with being a better defender as well. He will be given the chance to start at power forward right away and has the potential to become a 20-10 player in the NBA. He could also be a sleeper for the Rookie of the Year this upcoming season because he will be given minutes right away.
#36 Cody Martin, SF, Nevada. 6’7″, 200 lbs. (12.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.9 apg). Martin could see minutes off of the bench because he is capable to play at point guard, shooting guard, or at small forward since he played point guard at Nevada. His versatility and his defense are strong points that should give him some playing time during his rookie season.
#52 Jalen McDaniels, SF, San Diego State. 6’8″, 191 lbs. (15.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg). Drafting McDaniels this late in the draft is an absolute steal because McDaniels has first-round talent. However, this talent must turn potential into productivity with more development.
Grade: I give the Hornets a B+ because these three are a solid core to begin another rebuilding project in Charlotte.