Why this Draft is a CRUCIAL Turning Point for the Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets Mitch Kupchak (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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This could be a turning point for the Hornets

While the Hornets have some solid young pieces, there are still multiple holes left to fill. Also, sometimes young players just don’t pan out like they’re supposed to.

The Hornets aren’t in the position to pick players based on position; the best thing the Hornets could do currently is to just simply stockpile talent and let it shake out over time, a sentiment Hornets General Manager has echoed plenty of times.

That reason exactly is why this draft, and the offseason as a whole, is so crucial for the Hornets. There are considered three players that are a tier above everybody else in this draft pretty universally.

Although James Wiseman has more of a range of where he is ranked on different big boards, there is a chance he goes 2nd overall, leaving either Anthony Edwards or LaMelo Ball – basically, the Top 2 rated prospects universally – available for the Hornets selection.

This is huge because even with all of the nice young pieces that the Hornets currently have, they lack someone who looks like they can develop into a superstar or even a bonafide star.

In the NBA, especially as a small market team, you have to capitalize on every fortuitous break that you get. So as much as picking THE GUY can change the Hornets fortunes for the better, a whiff here could potentially set back the franchise by a couple of years.