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The Missing Piece: Hornets Draft Board

The season long series gives an indepth review of the top draft prospects for the Hornets for those of you that don't follow college ball. The article's well worth the read with more players and more detail, but here's a little bit of the top 6. LINK /

1) Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas - He combines a lethal shooting stroke with unbelievable athleticism and a high basketball IQ. His ceiling is Andre Iguodala’s open floor game combined with Ray Allen’s perimeter game. Basically, if he reaches his ceiling, he will be unguardable.

2) Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State - On the defensive end, Smart compares favorably to Westbrook coming out of college...He has to work on his perimeter shot and on limiting his turnovers, but history has shown that these are the two easiest areas for a perimeter player to improve upon. Once he does that, he will join Westbrook, Irving, and Rose in that elite class of young point guards.

3) Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky - Nerlens Noel is Larry Sanders with a higher upside on the offensive side of the ball. No, he does not fit a need for the Hornets immediately and it is even hard to project him and Davis together long-term, but the Hornets should not pass on him if Smart and McLemore are gone, regardless.

4) (tie) Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown - When you project Porter to the pros, you envision him falling somewhere in between Nicolas Batum and Paul George. He is long and athletic like both of those guys, with the ability to change a game on both ends. He has also shown the ability to knock down shots from deep, which is a major part of both Batum’s and George’s game, while showing the ability to attack the rim as well.

4) (tie) Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana - Oladipo is one of the most disruptive on-ball defenders to come out in the last few years...He is extremely similar in this manner to Boston’s Avery Bradley, but he is longer than Bradley and has even better hands. On the offensive side of the court, he is a work in progress, but if he continues to improve at the rate he has over the past two years, his offense might one day surpass his defense.

6) Shabazz Muhammed, SF, UCLA - Shabazz is a very good defender, with the potential to be great, who does two things extremely well on the offensive end – he gets buckets and he tears down offensive rebounds. In a lot of ways, he is very similar to Carmelo Anthony in that respect. Anthony was a much better overall rebounder due to his sheer size, but like Muhammed, he attacked the glass and scored in bunches while giving Syracuse little else in his freshman season.


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Smart please


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Smart please
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Mcelmore pls


darryljames30
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Marcus Smart or Otto Porter please.

I think McLemore will be the exception, but Bill Self players scare me. He is the best coach in college basketball imo but his players dont seem to develop on the next level.


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I think its hard for me to think which guy I want for this team because I have no clue what we are planning for our future

If we get McLemore whats our plans for EG/Rivers
If we get Smart does that mean our future lies with him as a PG/SG?
If we get Noel then that just means we now have 2 tall lanky guys that can't play C because they arent strong enough yet = 3 Pelican PF's
If we get Oladipo see McLemore
Bazz and Porter look too obvious because they fit a need

But with all that being said I've always felt that in the NBA you draft best player available and I really don't know who the best player is...they all have some great abilities but also some serious weaknesses

BUT ill take a stab: McLemore because I want to hear the song Thrift Shop every night in the arena
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In this draft, we take the BPA regardless of position, imo. We need talent.


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no matter what position they get, it's depth. and that's what the pelicans need more than anything...a bench.


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When you're as bad as we are, you go BPA. You can always move guys later, if need be. We lack talent, so accumulating it is the way to go.

That being said, I'd like McLemore, Smart and Porter before Noel.


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But with all that being said I've always felt that in the NBA you draft best player available and I really don't know who the best player is...they all have some great abilities but also some serious weaknesses



I bet portland wishes they did this


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I agree that in the NBA draft you take the best player available if that player is significantly better than the other options. But it seems like this year after McLemore at the top there is a lot of debate over who will be best player.

Given that, I think it would make sense for the Hornets/Pelicans to go with need (SF), or at least not draft the one position (PF) at which they already have two excellent guys. All the other spots need a lot more help, especially SF.


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Smart is going to have to reign it in a bit with how inefficient he can be at times but I would not be unhappy to get him.

I like all guys on the list. I think McLemore is going to be tough to get though.


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When you're as bad as we are, you go BPA. You can always move guys later, if need be. We lack talent, so accumulating it is the way to go.


That being said, I'd like McLemore, Smart and Porter before Noel.



We'll have a total buttripping meltdown on this board next season if we draft Noel. People are already whining about Davis' PT. Imagine an undersized rookie with a bad knee....

I truly think Noel is just a bad recipe for this franchise and fanbase.
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I bet portland wishes they did this


When have they not taken BPA? I'm sure you're going to say Oden, but hindsight is the only thing working in your favor. At the time of that draft, Oden was considered the consensus BPA.

Or maybe they should have passed on Lillard. That would have been a brilliant move.


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I'm sure you're going to say Oden


Go back a little further Having drafted Drexler the year before, the Blazers made the now infamous choice of Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan.


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I truly think Noel is just a bad recipe for this franchise and fanbase.

I agree with this.

I look at it like this. We keeping General. We are stuck with Gordon... for now anyways. SF is a big need. AD- nuff said. Center we have somethings to work with, its not completely bear.

I go with Otto Porter for my draft pick.


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I like Shabazz and Porter. I think the team needs a SF, and those guys are right up there with the top players in this draft.

Mclemore is good, but he should go #1, and we have Gordon and Rivers...If Gordon's gone, Mclemore would be awesome, but I doubt we get that pick anyway.

Shabazz, then Porter for me. Hopefully, we can get one of them in the top 5-7.


Jester
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Go back a little further Having drafted Drexler the year before, the Blazers made the now infamous choice of Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan.


Yeah, I didn't look back into ancient history.


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If Gordon's gone, Mclemore would be awesome, but I doubt we get that pick anyway.


I wouldn't look at it like this. The way Gordon's been playing, you could play Gordon in the First quarter and McLemore in the next 3 quarters and have a pretty complete SG position. Also, getting McLemore gives you flexibility in trading Gordon. You don't have to look to get an SG back, maybe you're happy getting something like Luol Deng and a pick.

Noel is the only guy I'd be concerned about taking because of redundancy. You just have to wonder how well he'd develop with limited playing time. Look at Derrick Williams, he seems like a waste of a #2 pick even though it was a relatively weak draft.


Fearthehat0307
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I just ran the lottery simulator 5 times and we got the

#3
#3
#6
#1
#2

picks. all but the 6th were marcus smart


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