Charlotte Hornets: Analyzing Bleacher Report’s NBA Fantasy League trade

Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

While fantasy sports continue to rise, the Charlotte Hornets saw a huge trade in Bleacher Report’s Fantasy NBA League.

Many fans continue to look for ways to experience basketball. Lately, Charlotte Hornets fans have been able to tune into Bleacher Report’s NBA Fantasy League and see some interesting moves.

In the fantasy league that is meant to entertain fans during the NBA’s hiatus of the regular season, the Hornets’ Bleacher Report GM is Kerry Miller. In his Twitter bio, he’s described as a National College Basketball and College Football Writer for Bleacher Report.

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According to Bleacher Report’s Lottery for their Fantasy League, the Hornets ended up with the 8th pick in the NBA Draft. Bleacher Report stated that the Hornets’ draft needs are the best player available, athleticism, and bigs.

In Bleacher Report’s recent fantasy transaction in their league, the Hornets traded Devonte’ Graham and Cody Martin to the Los Angeles Clippers. In this trade, the Hornets received Mfiondu Kabengele and Landry Shamet from the Clippers.

To fans, this trade will look outrageous. When looking at the trade, this would ultimately determine that Terry Rozier is the starting point guard moving forward. With Rozier as the starting point guard, this would likely hand Shamet the starting shooting guard spot.

However, does this trade really help the Hornets? As this league has the Hornets giving away their leading scorer, the team would receive Shamet, who’s averaging 9.7 points per game.

Furthermore, this trade also has the Hornets’ giving up one of their top bench plays, Cody Martin. While this trade has Martin being exchanged with Grahan for Shamet and Kabengele, it would seem as if Kabengele would take on Martin’s role.

As a late first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Kabengele has averaged 3.5 points per game for the Clippers. Kabengele has also only appeared in twelve games during his rookie season.

With Bleacher Report continuing to run with its fantasy league, would their projected Hornets’ team have any success? If the Hornets traded away Devonte’ Graham and Cody Martin in this league, would the team see any improvements?

While these are tough questions to answer during the COVID-19 pandemic, many fans would disagree with the thought of trading away Graham and Martin. Both of these players have had a huge impact on the Hornets, helping in their own specific ways.

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It’s easy to see why this trade is a part of a fantasy league. Realistically, I do not see the Hornets making a trade like this, unless Charlotte also receives a draft pick. Moreover, it will be interesting to see how the fantasy league progresses during the NBA’s continued hiatus.