While they failed to make the playoffs for the fifth NBA season now, the 2020-21 campaign was a major success story for the Charlotte Hornets for many reasons. Not only did they learn a lot about the youth on their team and prove that they can play against the best of the best in the league, but the Hornets learned a lot about LaMelo Ball being their leader moving forward.
The 19-year-old rookie point guard missed a handful of games this year with a fractured wrist, but he still averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals en route to being named Rookie of the Year.
Ball is going to only get better as time goes on and with other strong players around him in Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward and others, this Hornets team is definitely a force to be reckoned with!
Free agency will be important for the Charlotte Hornets this offseason, as Devonte’ Graham, Malik Monk and Cody Zeller are all free agents, but the NBA Draft will be just as important for them to continue building their young core.
Only Gordon Hayward and Brad Wanamaker were 30-years-old or older this season for the Hornets, making them one of the younger teams in the league.
Having young players with high-potential is what Charlotte has looked to build over the years and this philosophy is finally paying off. With the 11th pick in this year’s draft, the Charlotte Hornets definitely have a lot of options on who/what they could look to target, so let’s dive in and take a look at the Top-4 options for the Hornets in this year’s NBA Draft.