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

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4. Malik Monk (2017 Draft)

After coming out of college, fans had a lot of hope for Malik Monk as he transitioned into the NBA. Monk saw inconsistent minutes with the Hornets in his first season, but he turned things around in 2019-20. In his third season with the Hornets, he’s averaged 10.3 points per game.

Monk has primarily come off the bench for the Hornets in the past, but he managed to get the first start of his career during the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, the day after he started in his first game, he was suspended after testing positive on a drug test given to him by the league.

3. Miles Bridges (2018 Draft)

Following the Steve Clifford and Rich Cho era in Charlotte, the Hornets drafted Miles Bridges after bringing on Coach James Borrego and General Manager Mitch Kupchak. As of late, this is one of the Hornets’ best picks.

After a decent rookie season, Bridges earned the chance to start in his second year. In his Sophmore season, Bridges has averaged 13.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. After participating in the NBA’s Rising Stars game also, Bridges even won the Rising Stars MVP Award.

Bridges has established himself as a possible franchise player with the Hornets and even one of the league’s most electrifying dunkers. If Bridges continues to improve on both sides of the court, he could continue to get more league recognition.