Devonte’ Graham to represent Charlotte Hornets at NBA Draft Lottery

Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Devonte' Graham. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

With the NBA Draft incoming, the Charlotte Hornets now know who will be representing the in the Draft Lottery.

Since the Charlotte Hornets are not currently playing, the team has been able to look toward October, where most offseason events are set to take place. One of the events occurring soon will be the NBA’s Draft Lottery on Thursday.

This year will be different, as the Hornets will have one of their own players representing them. On Monday, the team announced that Devonte’ Graham would represent the team. Graham, who had a breakout season, averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 assists per game.

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Last year, Head Coach James Borrego was chosen to represent Charlotte. In last year’s Draft Lottery, the team received 12th pick. The Hornets received 11th pick in 2017 and the 12th pick in 2018.

Going into the Draft Lottery, the Hornets will have higher odds of getting into the top-4 than in the past. The Hornets are projected to have a 26.2% chance to receive a top-4 pick, while also having a 34.50% chance of receiving the 8th pick. The Hornets have selected Rex Chapman and Brandan Wright with the 8th pick.

When looking deeper into the top-4 picks, the Hornets will also have a 7.20% chance of receiving the 4th pick, a 6.70% chance of receiving the third pick, and a 6.30% chance of receiving the second pick.

Looking back, the Hornets have not held a top-4 pick since the 2012 and 2013 drafts. The Hornets selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in 2012 with the 2nd pick, and then Cody Zeller in 2013 with the 4th pick.

Getting the top pick will not be impossible for the Hornets, as the New Orleans Pelicans lucked out and won the lottery last season. While the chance is slim, fans should remember that there is still a chance.

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