2. Brandon Miller being genuinely considered for Rookie of the Year
This may not seem the most likely scenario to come out of this season. But it is something that is on the table and must be considered. Even though the selection of Brandon Miller second overall by the Hornets came as a massive surprise, there was something that they saw in him where he could be a big part of the turnaround of their franchise.
Miller averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in his lone season at Alabama. Three-point is one area that Miller should be able to help the Hornets in from day one. Miller converted on 38.% of his attempts from deep last season, nearly making three per game. A similar level of success at the NBA level could not only help boost one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league last season, but it could also lead to an accolade at the end of the year.
It may take more than a few things to his way to be in the Rookie of the Year conversation, but it is not out of the question. If Miller can find his groove and become a contributor in a bounce-back year for the Hornets, that should lead to him being in the mix for the end-of-season award.