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Hornets Draft Possibilities?

OK, most of you will probably call me crazy for this, but I'm looking for an honest opinion on if this is an even possible draft for the newly renamed Charlotte Hornets:

9. Aaron Gordon

24. P.J. Hairston

45. (package 45th pick and possibly next year 2nd round or player to move up to beginning of 2nd round) Mitch McGary

Reasoning:

Gordon: instant starter at Power Forward, high ceiling/high talent guy. Hornets haven't had an athletic PF since I can remember

Hairston: MJ gets his UNC guy, whether he is a disgraced Tar Heel or not...still a Tar Heel. He can shoot, his D-league stats are pretty impressive from 3. This gives the Hornets the outside shooting they need.

McGary: this is my stretch pick, a lot needs to happen for this to come to fruition. But, if he were to back up Jefferson, and learn from him he could develop into a premier center in the league. He would have been a lottery pick most likely last year, definitely a first rounder, but has dropped since his injury/suspension. Also, learning from Ewing couldn't hurt his development...

IF this actually happened the Hornets would still have around 13 million in salary cap to do what they want with in Free Agency.


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I actually like what you put

I actually like what you put together, I believe that if 1 of those Top PG prospects(Napier, Ennis) are available with their second pick they will select 1.

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9. Zach Levine, he has the most potential and a need spot.

I like Aaron Gordon, but they just selected a PF last year with Zeller,

I think his game is similar to MKG, b/c they're both limited offensively and rely on hustle. I thnk MKG's struggles will steer them from Gordon

24. TJ Warren, if hes available, if not maybe Adrien Payne?

I think their in need of a 3 that can score, a 4 that can score would help too.

45. Deandre Kane,

Would be a great backup combo guard , has the ability to contribute right away. If he was a sophmore he would be a Lotto pick in my opinion.

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i agree as well about levine

Levine can come in and back up kemba and henderson so he makes a lot of sense for charlotte.

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In my latest mock, I had

In my latest mock, I had Lavine 9, Hairston 24 and Harris 45

My thoughts were Lavine (Gordon was already taken) would be a high upside pick that could hopefully pay off in a few years when Big Al was in the decline. Also I think he'd fit well next to Walker, due to the fact he isn't a pure point. Having a 6'5'' backcourt mate who is capable of spreading the ball around would be a good fit.

Hairston would be a an NBA ready SG who would, IMO, be an upgrade over CDR, who's contract is up. Gerald Henderson isn't the most durable guy, and P.J.'s NBA readiness would be nice insurance.

Joe Harris just seems like an Michael Jordan pick. He's tough, strong, a proven NCAA winner. Came in to a ho hum Virginia team and graduated an ACC Champion. He can also really shoot the deep ball, an area where Charlotte could use some help.

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I feel like we have to get a big man...

...with one of the first round picks. I'm not sold on Levine, he had a great combine and can shoot but what's making everyone say he could be a star? (Curious question, I'm uninformed on him)

If Jordan can get a UNC guy at 24 he's going to, it's been a while since he took one. I also just really like Hairston, and can't stand State.

I would love the Kane pick, be put that team on his back late in the season and is gonna have a solid career in my opinion.

Also, my math was wrong...the Hornets will have 17 million in cap space after they sign their three picks. Go after a back up PG and sign a max SG there?

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6'5", elite athlete, nice

6'5", elite athlete, nice shot and handles. He just has a really nice foundation in place, and the physical and athletic tools to play his position in the pros.

I also feel Gordon is a top 8 lock, but that just my opinion.

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I haven't seen too much of

I haven't seen too much of LaVine either but, based on the little bit I have seen and his scouting reports, he should fit well with Kemba in the backcourt and Henderson if he comes back. Same for Gary Neal. The idea of playing two guards that can defend big and small guards and play on or off the ball offensively seems very appealing. LaVine can give the Hornets more athleticism and floor spacing. Interesting fit.

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Better than Hendo?

Ohhh I like...who's he compare to?

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Henderson will beat him out

Henderson will beat him out as a rookie, but I like LaVine's chances in year 2 or 3. Some people compare him to Westbrook, but it's not my favorite comparison. He does have a ton of upside.

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I think with the 9th I'd take

I think with the 9th I'd take Gordon or LaVine... the 24th if go Hairston or Payne depending on first pick... 2nd round I'm going DeAndre Kane a big pg that can back up kemba and also play with kemba do to him being 6'4 200

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Payne is 23

I don't want to waste a first round pick on a 23 year old rookie though..

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At 23 he's better then Cody

At 23 he's better then Cody and has heart will bang with the bigs

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I don't think Hairston fits

I don't think Hairston fits with the Bobcats at 24. That attitude of his scares me. True he did make a mistake and I hope he's learned from it. But you just never know with him. He seemed pretty sound at the combine, but he could have just done an excellent job of masking it. The Hornets have a young team, and need some seasoned players who can play right away. A young team is not good for a player that has a possible attitude problem. A team that has a lot of seasoned veterans is much better for a player that might have an attitude problem. I think Warren is a better fit for them at 24. (If available, if not Early) Warren might be a Wolfpack, but I think MJ has shied away from picking just Tarheels when he picked Henderson back in 2009 I believe. Payne is not a bad pick either at 24 (but I don't think he'll be there (he's more 15-20 range to me)

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just looking at the main mock

just looking at the main mock draft on this site, it seems the hornets would be taking A.Gordan with the 9 pick and I think he would fit them well if he is there, as for the 24 pick I think they could make a trade down with it and hope the somehow pick Deandre daniels from uconn. the 45 pick is whatever yo

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James Young or Stuaskas would

James Young or Stuaskas would be good fits. I don't think that Aaron Gordon will be there at 9.

if they go with a wing at 9, then they might want to look for a big at 24.

James McAdoo at 45 could be ok. He is kinda big and athletic. He's not a go-to guy but he should be able to get some dunks and hustle points. He could be their poor man's Aaron Gordon.

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New Rumor

Apparently the Hornets are interested in trading for Arron Afflalo (http://fansided.com/2014/05/25/nba-rumors-charlotte-hornets-interested-arron-afflalo/#!QvhcV)

They snag him, they're definitely going after a forward...Gordon?

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If the hornets got Gordon and afflalo

That would be a great get for the hornets.

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According to my mock draft, I

According to my mock draft, I had the Hornets drafting Doug McDermott with the 9th pick. With the 24th pick I had the Hornets getting lucky and having Shabazz Napier fall to them. This draft is difficult after the first 3 picks. I think they would take McDermott because of his scoring, the worst thing would be on the defensive end. Shabazz Napier would make a good backup point guard for the Hornets. I could also maybe see the Hornets picking Zach LaVine with the 9th pick.

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Mcbuckets and PJ instant

Mcbuckets and PJ instant offense. Would atleast make for exciting basketball and sell some tickets. I like Kane in the 2nd.

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i could see

I could see tj at 9 he has really upped his stock recently and could be a good look at 9 they need scoring and he is just about as good as any heres what shad ford had to say about him recently

I was also really impressed with North Carolina State's T.J. Warren. I've been a skeptic in the past. While he's clearly one of the three most gifted scorers in the draft (Jabari Parker and Doug McDermott are the other two), Warren's unorthodox game and lack of a legit 3-point shot have raised question marks for me.

Warren's measurement and athletic testing numbers in Chicago made me give him another look. He measured bigger and more athletic than I expected him to. His drill work was just so-so Thursday. He's not a great shooter from beyond the arc, and he's not the quickest or most explosive in drills.

But when the ball rolled out for 3-on-3 action? Holy ... Warren is so aggressive as a scorer and can get his shot off in multiple ways. You can't sit on him defensively. He just has too many moves, floaters, hesitations and ways to get that ball in the bucket. That explains why he shot nearly 76 percent at the rim this year and 44 percent in his 2-point jumpers. The guy can score.

His competitiveness in those game situations just shines through. He's hungry and he wants to dunk on everyone. I think the over obsession with athletic metrics and skills can hinder the obvious -- if you want a bucket-getter, Warren is as good as anyone in the draft. If he ever gets a better 3-point shot, he could easily be a 20-points-per-game scorer in the NBA. Given that scoring comes at a premium, I think we also have him too low -- maybe considerably too low on our draft board. Teams as high as Phoenix at No. 14, Atlanta at No. 15, the Bulls at No. 16 and the Celtics at No. 17 will be giving him long looks.

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I wouldn't take TJ warren at

I wouldn't take TJ warren at 9 if Aaron gordan, stauskas, young, or Doug McDermott are still viable.

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Mcbuckets and PJ or bust.

Mcbuckets and PJ or bust.

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