Charlotte Hornets: Ranking the last ten first-round draft picks

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10. P.J. Hairston (2014 Draft)

Out of every first-round pick that the Hornets have had in the past ten years, P.J. Hairston had to be the worst pickup for the team. Hairston was a late first-round pick in the 2014 draft that, and he was traded to the Hornets from the Miami Heat.

As a Hornet, Hairston could not find a lot of consistency. After his rookie season, Hairston appeared in 48 games with Hornets, while starting in 43 of them. In his last 48 games as a Hornet, he averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

Hairston’s time in Charlotte was short, and his last NBA game was played during the 2015-16 season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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9. Noah Vonleh (2014 Draft)

While the Hornets made the playoffs in the 2013-14 season, the team was able to have a pick in the lottery-round. Before the Hornets picked up Hairston, the team drafted Noah Vonleh 9th overall.

Vonleh found very little success with the Hornets, and his professional career has been very inconsistent. Vonleh only appeared in 25 games for the Hornets, where he averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

Because of his poor play as a rookie, the Hornets included him in a trade package to acquire Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers. Since then, he’s played for multiple teams.