Apr 6, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle speaks during a press conference during practice before the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Could Julius Randle fall to the Charlotte Hornets?

A report came out on Thursday morning saying that the former Kentucky freshman Julius Randle may need surgery on his broken foot, as it “never healed right.”

If it was just a normal broken foot, it might not worry NBA executives as much, but the fact it never healed right has them worried.

“This is an issue,” one NBA executive told ESPN.com. “It didn’t heal right.”

Julius Randle might see his draft stock fall drastically because of this. The last thing an NBA GM wants to do is draft an injured player who could see his NBA career plagued by injuries.

In most NBA mock drafts (before it was reported Randle may need surgery) Julius Randle is going to be picked in the 5-8th overall pick range. The fact that Randle needs surgery might change that, and he could very likely still be on the board when its the Charlotte Hornets turn to pick 9th.

If he is on the board, should Charlotte draft him?

I say yes, he’s worth the risk.

Many believe Julius Randle is the most NBA-ready prospect in this years NBA draft, and that is saying a lot, especially if you have the ability to draft that player with the 9th overall pick. If the Hornets have the opportunity to draft Randle, they can’t pass up on him.

Pairing Randle with Al Jefferson would give the Charlotte Hornets one of the best front-courts in the NBA. It would be Charlotte’s version of Roy Hibbert and David West, who of which Julius Randle reminds me of. An undersized big-man who has the strength to make you forget he isn’t the tallest player on the court.

Randle is almost guaranteed for a double-double every game. At Kentucky he averaged 17 points a game with 12 rebounds. Here is the scouting video for Julius Randle:

 

What do you think Hornets fans? If Julius Randle is on the board when it’s Charlotte’s turn to pick, should they draft him? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!

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