Charlotte Hornets 2019 NBA Draft: 5 small forwards to target in first round

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KZ Okpala

I’ve talked about KZ Okpala before, and I’m going to do it again. The more I watch him play, the more I like him.

To be clear, he’s going to be a project at the next level. He has a long way to go but the potential is evident. He’s long, athletic and has shooting potential as well. Okpala could end up being a steal if he can turn that potential into production at the next level.

Just like most of the other guys on this list, Okpala has tremendous size for a wing. He stands 6’9″ and has a 7’2″ wingspan which will allow him to play three or four positions in the NBA.

The sophomore is averaging 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Stanford this season, a big improvement from his freshman campaign.

Okpala is definitely a first round talent, but it’s hard to tell exactly where he may end up as of right now. I will say this, I would not be surprised if a team bets on his upside and snatches him up early in the draft.

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Will he be on the board when the Hornets are picking? Quite possibly, and he would be an attractive target for a team that already has some young athletes.