Hornets Dream Starting 5, SG: Nick Smith Jr.
A lot of things will need to go right in order for Nick Smith Jr. to develop into a starting-caliber player for the Charlotte Hornets. However, in an ideal world, the 6’5” guard will become LaMelo’s long-term backcourt partner.
Smith Jr. is a modern-day combo guard who can develop into an elite secondary back-court option. He will enter the NBA with versatility in his dribble, a high-level shooting ability off the dribble, and tremendous upside as a catch-and-shoot threat. By being placed alongside LaMelo, Smith Jr.’s offensive versatility will shine and allow him to become a legitimate weapon within the Hornets rotation.
The rookie also has some upside on the defensive end. His length allows him to be a solid perimeter prospect, while his time with Arkansas provided us with enough glimpses of his fell for help defense to be confident in his ability as an “event maker.”
If Smith Jr. puts in the work, stays healthy, and earns consistent minutes in his first few years, he could find himself being viewed as a vital piece to the Hornets championship puzzle before he turns 25.