3 biggest surprises for the Hornets heading into the All-Star break

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Brandon Miller

By far the most positive surprise to come from this season so far has been the rapid ascent of Brandon Miller towards stardom. Selecting Miller 2nd overall was a move that was scrutinized, as many thought Scoot Henderson was the correct pick.

But Miller has silenced his doubters and then some. For the season he’s averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, but his impact and growth have gone way beyond the box score. Lately, he’s been even better, as he’s racked up 20+ points in 11 of his last 16 games, seeming to turn a corner and embrace an even bigger role.

Miller has settled into his role and his game and has shown signs of leadership and competitive edge. He’s been able to score at all three levels, hitting threes, getting to the basket, and getting to his spots in the midrange. He’s led the offense at times, displaying some creation, and has been able to move without the ball, coming off screens and showing ability as a movement shooter.

Miller has already shown some chops on the defensive end as well, which are extremely promising. He’s used his length and athleticism to guard and make plays on that end. He’s flashed some great hands away from the ball and even some ability to impact the rim and block shots.

The two-way buy-in from Miller has been incredible and he looks like a true building block for the franchise. Hitting home runs with early draft picks is the most critical thing for the Hornets rebuild, and it looks like they absolutely nailed the Miller pick.