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

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6. Frank Kaminsky (2015 Draft)

Frank Kaminsky was another prospect who had a lot of hype following him out of college. At this time, the Hornets lacked a member of their frontcourt, and it led to them drafting Kaminsky in 2015 with the 9th pick.

Following the 2018-19 season, Kaminsky was not re-signed by the Hornets. Kaminsky spent four seasons with the Hornets; he averaged 9.8 points and four rebounds per game.

In his last season with the Hornets, Kaminsky fell out of the rotation because of his inability to play consistently on both sides of the court. Kaminsky made over 338 three-pointers with the Hornets, and he’s currently in the top-10 in made threes with Charlotte.

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5. Cody Zeller (2013 Draft)

As we continue down this list, Cody Zeller is the first player that we’ve made it to that is still on the roster. Zeller came into the league after having a strong season with Indiana. The Hornets picked Zeller with the 4th pick in the 2013 draft; this was the Hornets’ last top-5 draft pick.

Zeller has fought injures during his time with the Hornets, but the 2019-20 season has been the best season of his career. Prior to the league’s suspension, Zeller averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

So far, Zeller has lacked the ability to consistently rebound in games, but he’s given the Hornets a lot of effort. Zeller is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2020-21 season.