The NBA Draft is on Thursday, and the anticipation is growing.
We have been talking non-stop about all the different options the Charlotte Hornets have with their 2 first round picks, but no one has hardly mentioned their options with their 2nd round pick (45th overall).
Here are a few of Charlotte’s options with their second round pick:
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Oh how the mighty have fallen. After his freshman season at North Carolina, James Michael McAdoo was projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, but he opted to stay in Chapel Hill.
McAdoo had some great moments in Carolina blue, but not going pro a few years ago ended up being a bad decision, as his draft stock kept getting lower and lower every year after that.
Many were surprised when McAdoo announced he was declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft, and forgoing his senior season at UNC. Unless something crazy happens, McAdoo will be available when its the Charlotte Hornets turn to pick in the 2nd round. Power Forward isn’t a huge need for Charlotte, but in the 2nd round, it’s all about trying to find talent. McAdoo might be a popular pick as the “home-town player” since he played for UNC in college. Although many say McAdoo will likely go un-drafted.
Russ Smith, Louisville
This is one of the more realistic options for the Charlotte Hornets: 4-year Louisville guard Russ Smith. Smith will bring a veteran presence to Charlotte next season, and some scoring off the bench.
Russ Smith is a winner as well. Smith won a championship with Louisville in his junior season, and led them to the Sweet 16 last year, only to lose to rival Kentucky. He averaged 18 points per game at Louisville last year, and he is also a clutch performer. Here is an example of that:
Travis Bader, Oakland
If you don’t know who Travis Bader is, and want more background information on him, check out one of my recent articles on Travis Bader by clicking on this link
Travis Bader is the all-time NCAA leader in 3-pointers made in a career, surpassing J.J. Redick of Duke. Bader can flat out shoot the basketball, and would make a great 2nd round pick.
Jabari Brown, Missouri
Jabari Brown is one of the more intriguing 2nd round options for the Charlotte Hornets. Brown is a great spot-up shooter, and can create his own shot. His weaknesses are his defense and passing, which is the main reason he is projected to go in the 2nd round. Charlotte’s primary need headed into the NBA Draft is adding wing players who can score, and shoot the basketball. In fact, don’t be surprised if all 3 of the Hornets’ picks are guards. Jabari Brown can score, and he is a great option in the 2nd round for the Hornets.
I think it all depends on how the Charlotte Hornets use their 2 first round picks. If they pick 2 guards, then picking Russ Smith or Jabari Brown might not be as good of a pick. But if Charlotte drafts Doug McDermott with the 9th pick, then Jabari Brown could become an intriguing option with the 2nd round pick, and that’s who I would draft. My second choice would be Travis Bader.
What do you think? Who should the Charlotte Hornets draft in the 2nd round? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!
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