Buzz City Beat: Charlotte Hornets final 2019 mock draft, Power Rankings

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The Charlotte Hornets did not bold well in their loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. They lost in a double-overtime thriller, and could not stop the Nets’ shots from falling in the closing stages.

Thankfully, the Hornets will have a chance at redemption against the Nets in Friday night’s rematch in Uptown. The Hornets will be looking to win in blowout fashion against the team who beat them previously.

This edition of Buzz City Beat will cover the weekly power rankings, as well as the final mock draft of the 2019 year. Without further wait, let’s dive into this set of Charlotte Hornets news.

Final 2019 NBA Mock Draft Before the New Year (BleacherReport.com)

16. Charlotte Hornets: Jaxson Hayes (Texas, C, Freshman)

  • Averaging 20.3 points per 40 minutes on 74.6 percent shooting, Hayes’ tools, rim running, hands and coordination have stood out under the NBA’s scope. He’s emerged as a easy-basket big and rim protector who’s blocking a spectacular 13.2 percent of opponents’ two-point shots. 

This is an interesting prospect that the Hornets can look into drafting. While he is not someone who is well known like Bol Bol; Jaxson Hayes is a player who can make baskets at a high rate.

The Hornets are lacking a true big man who can efficiently shoot the basketball. Hayes has also proved that he is a good defender with his amount of blocks that he has racked up.

The qualities of shooting, rebounding, and defense, are the keys to the Hornets’ success in the future. If the Hornets fall to this spot in the draft, be sure to look at Hayes who may be available.

NBA Power Rankings: Giannis, Bucks Return to Familiar Top Spot (Bleacher Report.com)

18. Charlotte Hornets (16)

  • When you lose as many close games as the Hornets, it’s reasonable to search for tiny inefficiencies in the roster’s makeup. With close margins so often determining outcomes in Charlotte’s games, a rebound here or a lost ball there could make all the difference

The Hornets cannot seem to fix their rate of winning and losing basketball games. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the NBA at their season rate. The team has been hanging around the .500 mark for the entire season.

If the Hornets keep with this rate, they will make the playoffs, but at what cost? It is time to have a winning record in Charlotte, but the two recent consecutive losses have not helped them out.

Next: Ranking the Past 10 Charlotte Seasons

Charlotte must come out with a fire on Friday night against the Nets; a loss here could result in the Hornets falling even more in the power rankings. It is time for Charlotte to get back into the top rankings, and to get back to their winning ways.

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