Charlotte Hornets: 5 centers who would help rim protection

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Nerlens Noel

We are starting things off with Oklahoma City’s backup center Nerlens Noel, who could be an intriguing option for the Charlotte Hornets.

I know, he’s not the biggest name out there, but he is a proven shot blocker that would see a bigger role with the Hornets. In 14.0 minutes this season, Noel is averaging 1.4 blocks. His career average in blocks is also 1.4, so he’s been very consistent in that department throughout his career.

Plus, he’s still just 24 years old and has plenty of room to grow as he gets older. His athleticism would make him a lob threat in the pick-and-roll with Kemba Walker and he’s always active on the glass. He has a real quick second jump which catches defenders off guard at times.

He shoots the ball efficiently at a 58 percent clip and takes good shots. He’s not a player that will stretch the floor and shoot it from three-point land, but he will live in the paint and just be active, which is always a plus. He plays hard and would be a solid pickup for Charlotte. Plus, it may not take a whole lot to land him in a trade with the Thunder.