Potentially high draft pick
Depending on how you look at it, getting a high draft pick could be something to be thankful for, or it could be something to be embarrassed about. When considering the expectations for Charlotte entering this season, we’ll go with the former.
The Hornets got off to a surprisingly good start, but have now lost nine of 11, and have fallen on the wrong side of the playoff picture. Charlotte has unquestionably proved its youthful athleticism through 18 games, however, those young guys have also had to endure plenty of gut-wrenching growing pains–whether it be the second-half meltdown in Toronto, or the stunning loss this past weekend against the Bulls. The Hornets remain a developing team, and success shouldn’t necessarily be measured in wins. What it should be measured in rather, is improvement from game-to-game–something that Charlotte has displayed on most nights.
Based on how good (or bad) the Hornets’ final record is will help determine just how high their draft pick will be next summer, however, Charlotte will very likely wind up with a top-10 pick, and may even be in the running for a top-five, or even top-overall pick. Regardless of exactly where the Hornets will select in June, they should be getting an excellent player who can add to the pieces Charlotte already has. Potential fits for the Hornets include Memphis’ James Wiseman and Washington’s Isaiah Stewart.