Charlotte Hornets Draft Grade

The NBA Draft is over, and after finishing the season 23-32, the Charlotte Hornets needed talent on their roster. Charlotte had four draft picks in the draft and pretty well with their selections. With the No.3 pick, the Hornets chose LaMelo ball, No.32 Vernon Carey Jr., N0.42 Nick Richards, and No.56 Grant Riller.

LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks, PG

The Hornets needed some star power and will look to Ball to give it to them. Ball played last season in the NBL and averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. He only played in 12 games but was able to show how talented he was. Ball is 6’7 and is an outstanding playmaker that can pass with both hands. The point guard is a capable three-point shooter and likes to attempt a lot of threes. But he only shot 26% from beyond the arc, so Ball must improve on that on the NBA level.

Ball is pretty good at floaters in the line; it may be awkward, but it goes in. The former Hawk player will need to put on a little weight, but he is the most talented player in the draft. He should be fun to watch in Charlotte.

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, PF/C

Carey is a throwback center that can score in the post; at 6’10 270lbs, Carey is load. He has good footwork and moves well for a big man. Carey might not fit in today’s NBA, but he could be an asset scoring in the paint. You can never have enough easy baskets. The one thing about Carey is that he is not a good rim protector, so he would be used for his offense. If the Hornets get him some touches down low, he will put the ball in the basket.

Nick Richards, Kentucky, C

Richards is the complete opposite of Carey; he is close to 7’0 and is 247lbs. Richards is an athletic center with a 7’5 wingspan. While he struggles on offense, he could be a good pick and roll guy that could catch lob passes from Ball. The defense will be Richards calm to fame; he is an excellent rim protector and can switch out and defend guards. With his ability to defend, look for Richards to see a lot of playing time because the Hornets had rim-protecting issues last year.

Grant Riller, College of Charleston, G

Riller is a combo guard that can score the basketball; he averaged 21.9 points per game last year. Riller is a talented shot-maker and has a quick first step. The guard likes to attack the basket and knows how to get to the free-throw line. Also, Riller improves his playmaking ability, and it could pay off on the next level. It remains to be seen if he can make the roster for the Hornets, but Riller could make the roster with good training camp.

Grade: A

Surprisingly, the Hornets did well on the draft night; they were able to draft a potential star player. While so adding, a low post threat, a rim protector, and an explosive scorer. Things are beginning to look up for Michael Jordan.