Charlotte Hornets: 3 reasons why team will go to the playoffs next season

Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham and Miles Bridges. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Charlotte Hornets Mitch Kupchak (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Mitch Kupchak will Draft a Solid Contributor

As we head into this year’s offseason, Hornets fans can expect the NBA Draft to occur in October. While the draft may seem far away, the team has been given even more time to prepare and scout prospects.

As of now, the team is projected to receive the 8th pick in this year’s draft. However, this may not be the case if the Hornets get lucky and win the lottery like the New Orleans Pelicans did last year.

No matter what pick the Hornets get, Mitch Kupchak should continue his success in drafting good players. In Kupchak’s last two drafts, he has drafted several solid players who have been developing at a high rate.

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At the start of the NBA’s hiatus, Coach James Borrego told the media that he wanted to see the Hornets address its rim-protection. The Hornets were the 23rd ranked team in the league in paint points allowed per game with 50.5.

If the Hornets decided to draft a frontcourt player in the first round, the team could look at James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu, Daniel Oturu, and Obi Toppin. With a group like this, it would be hard for the Hornets to go wrong in the lottery.

I also expect Kupchak to continue his success with drafting in the second round. As of late, Kupchak’s second-round picks have developed very fast, and they all have received bigger roles on the team.