The 2014 NBA Draft was a crazy one.
Andrew Wiggins went 1st overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jabari Parker went 2nd to the Milwaukee Bucks.
That was expected. But Indiana’s Noah Vonleh falling to 9th overall to the Charlotte Hornets was NOT expected. It is now two years in a row Charlotte has drafted an Indiana Hoosier in the 1st round of the NBA Draft. Last season the Charlotte Bobcats drafted Cody Zeller, who at the time wasn’t a popular pick among the fans.
Everyone seemed excited about the Noah Vonleh pick, and some were more surprised he was even available. Most were expecting Doug McDermott or Nik Stauskas with the 9th pick, not Vonleh. The Indiana forward was expected to go as high as the Top 5, or even 4th overall a week or so before the draft. Instead, he fell to the Charlotte Hornets. Nik Stauskas was drafted 8th, so he wasn’t even an option for Charlotte.
The drafting of former UNC guard P.J. Hairston was a popular pick as well, maybe except for Duke fans, but overall the pick received positive reviews. P.J. kind of brings the “home-town” kid title with him to Charlotte, and he will be one of the most liked players on the Charlotte Hornets right away. Not only that, but he is exactly what they needed, a shooter. 3-point shooting wasn’t one of the Bobcats’ strengths last year, and the addition of P.J. Hairston will help change that.
Charlotte has not had a good history when it comes to the NBA Drafts. Picks such as Adam Morrison, Sean May, and Emeka Okafor are some of the most famous draft-busts. Kemba Walker has been one of the best 1st-round draft picks, and we are still seeing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo develop as players.
It has only been a few days since the NBA Draft, but for some reason it feels like Charlotte got it right this time. Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston look to be promising players. Vonleh is super young, as he is only 18 years old right now! 18! He will turn 19 years old on August 24th.
He has a lot of time to develop as a player, so don’t panic if he doesn’t produce right away. Vonleh will be 19 by the time the NBA season starts, and will be one of the youngest players in the league.
Some are concerned about the maturity of P.J. Hairston, but in his defense he kept his behavior in line while he was in the NBA D-League. P.J. is a deadly 3-point shooter with a big body, and that is almost guaranteed to translate to the next level.
Here is P.J. Hairston dropping 45 points in the D-League:
What do you think? Did Charlotte finally get it right? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!
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