Brandon Miller has fewer expectations on his shoulders.
When you think about what is expected of Victor Wembanyama this season, it feels like he’s being set up to fail. If Wemby dominates his competition, he’s simply doing what he’s expected to do. Struggle to adapt quickly and Wemby will quickly be considered as falling short of expectations – there’s very little upside for him right now. Brandon Miller, on the other hand, will have a far greater scope.
If Miller helps lift Charlotte’s offense and plugs in as a defensive wing-stopper, he’s already making an impact for the Hornets. Become one of their featured weapons? He was a steal with the second pick and had a great season. Anything short of absolute failure will likely be viewed as a success for Miller, and that could help him when it comes to Rookie of the Year voting.
Miller enters the upcoming season with an opportunity to be among the Hornets’ best players and one of their best draft picks in recent memory. He also enters the season with a chance to etch his name in the history books by winning Rookie of the Year. Scoot and Wemby are both going to be tough competitors for the individual accolade, too, but Miller will be right there. Charlotte made a good choice on June 22, and now, we get to watch a genuine talent develop alongside LaMelo Ball. It would just be nice if the Hornets’ latest wing could also be named as the best rookie in his class, at least for this upcoming season.