Here is a recap of the Charlotte Hornets night at the 2014 NBA Draft:
First Round – pick #9 – Noah Vonleh
He’s a strong PF from Indiana University, 6′ 10″ and 240 lbs. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg last season. He took a limited number of 3-pointers, hitting over 48% of them. Vonleh was not supposed to be there at #9 so he did not work out for Charlotte. The experts seem to love the pick and at minimum he provides insurance should Josh McRoberts leave in free agency.
First Round – pick #26 – P.J. Hairston
(Charlotte chose Shabazz Napier at #24, who was then traded to Miami for Miami’s #26 pick, #55 in the second round, and a future second rounder.)
Hairston was suspended from UNC in 2013 after some off-court problems and was finally released from the team. He ended up playing in the D-League for the Texas Legends. He’s known as a shooter, hitting 39.5% of his 3s in his last season at UNC, and hit 35% for the Legends. Charlotte reportedly liked the way Hairston addressed his off-court concerns, and he helps address Charlotte’s biggest need: shooting.
Second Round – pick #45 – Dwight Powell
Powell is a forward from Stanford. Reportedly Powell will be traded along with Brendan Haywood to Cleveland for Alonzo Gee. Gee’s contract is non guaranteed. This trade cannot be approved until July per league rules so the details could change.
Second Round – pick #55 – Semaj Christon
This is the pick the Hornets’ received from Miami, and they reportedly traded Christon to OKC for cash considerations. This trade also cannot be completed until July so the details could change.