3 Players Hornets Must Avoid in the NBA Draft with No. 6 Pick

The Charlotte Hornets have the sixth-overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. They can't afford to make a mistake with their selection.
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Rob Dillingham, PG, Kentucky

The 19-year-old star out of Kentucky certainly has plenty of talent. He is close to unstoppable on the offensive end as a scorer, averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 assists per game on solid 47.5% shooting from the field and 44.4% from three. Those numbers are impressive for any player, let alone an undersized freshman guard.

Dillingham is extremely shifty and has a variety of ways he can score. Even in his worst-case scenario in the NBA, he should be a dynamic scorer off the bench.

However, the Hornets just don't need more offense-first guards. Charlotte needs to find a defensive identity and has to prioritize players who take pride in their defensive abilities.

Dillingham isn't that player. He is too small to be an impactful player on that end of the floor. That is just a bad fit next to LaMelo Ball and Tre Mann. Plus, the Hornets just drafted Nick Smith Jr. last season as well, who is of a similar mold to Dillingham.

We have seen shifty, undersized scoring guards be successful in the NBA. Tyrese Maxey is the latest example of that player type. However, unless you are elite at it, score-first, offense-only guards are just not that valuable in the first place. Using the No. 6 overall pick on a forward-sized player who projects to play both ends of the floor is a better use of resources.

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