PJ Hairston to the Charlotte Hornets: NBA Draft Pick Analysis
The end of PJ Hairston's winding road to the NBA has so much meaning behind it, considering that the Greensboro native and UNC castoff's ultimate destination ended up being just a couple hours away in Charlotte.
But the redemptive story of his journey through the NBA D-League has been covered extensively. (Click here to read our two-part feature on Hairston's path to the Draft). Now it's time for him to do what he does best: play basketball.
And fortunately for the bullish shooting guard, Charlotte is as good of a fit on the court as it is off it.
The Hornets, not coincidentally, ranked 25th in the league in three-pointers made last season (6.3 per game) and 23rd in three-point shooting percentage (35.1%).
To put that in perspective, the Legends ranked fourth in the run-and-gun NBA D-League with 10.1 threes per game; Hairston launched a whopping 7.8 per game at a 36% clip, making 32 more treys in 26 games than Charlotte's starting wings, Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, made in 139 games combined.
All signs point to Hairston at the very least being a three-point specialist with a physicality rarely seen in that role. Landing in Steve Clifford's defense-first system could unlock the full potential of a player thought of as a lottery pick prior to his college missteps.