1 – Brandon Miller fills a position of need
Brandon Miller is a versatile forward who can handle the rock, score across all three levels, and has all the physical tools to become an above-average wing defender. Given the presence of LaMelo Ball and the impressive rookie season of Mark Williams, adding a wing with genuine All-Star potential makes total sense for the Hornets’ roster.
Furthermore, it’s not as though Miller isn’t seen as a second-overall pick talent. In fact, in his latest mock draft, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer had Miller going second before the Hornets were confirmed to have the draft pick.
Adding Miller wouldn’t come without issues, though, as the incoming rookie would raise questions about Gordon Hayward’s position on the roster. Or, Miller’s arrival could spell the end of PJ Washington’s time in Charlotte, as he is a restricted free agent this summer.
However, if Kupchak wants to draft by positional fit and long-term upside, Miller checks every box – especially since the NBA is centered around versatile wings that are capable of impacting the game in a number of ways, and there are genuine questions around Scoot Henderson’s fit on the roster.