Charlotte goes big with its No. 12 selection, drafting PJ Washington.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
Charlotte knew its own limitations, especially outside of Kemba Walker, the franchise's only home-grown All-Star since Baron Davis. New coach James Borrego helped enhance ball movement among a team of veterans, and that system produced the league's 11th-most points per possession despite the team's low talent ceiling. The Hornets should also be encouraged by rookie Miles Bridges, who showed enough promise and athleticism to be considered a part of whatever the team's future winds up being.

Needs Work
Charlotte just hasn't seen enough from its recent high lottery picks, including Cody Zeller (fourth in 2013), Frank Kaminsky (ninth in 2015) or Malik Monk (11th in 2017). Their veterans have either plateaued or regressed. Trades have fizzled before completion (Marc Gasol) and after the fact (Bismack Biyombo). The talent well is drying up in Charlotte, and it needs to be replenished sooner than later -- regardless of what happens with Walker this summer.

A Stat That Matters?
42.1 percent
-- Walker had a clutch usage rate of 42.1 percent, the fourth-highest mark in the league. He took almost three times as many shots as any of his teammates with the score within five points in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime.

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
Preference should have no place in this team's Draft plans. Whoever has the most talent should be who the Hornets take. Whether that is Bol Bol depends on who you ask, but his size and production at Oregon warrant finding out the answer.

Under Contract
G: Devonte' Graham
G: Malik Monk
G: Tony Parker
G/F: Dwayne Bacon
F/G: Nicolas Batum
F: Miles Bridges
F: Marvin Williams
C: Bismack Biyombo
C: Willy Hernangomez
C: Cody Zeller

Free Agents
G: Joe Chealey (restricted)
G: Jeremy Lamb (unrestricted)
G: Shelvin Mack (unrestricted)
G: J.P. Macura (restricted)
G: Kemba Walker (unrestricted)
F: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (player option)
F/C: Frank Kaminsky (restricted)
> 2019 Free Agent Tracker

Recent Draft History
2018: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11), Arnoldas Kulboka (55)
2017: Malik Monk (11), Frank Jackson (31) 
2016: Malachi Richardson (22)
2015: Frank Kaminsky (9), Juan Pablo Vaulet (39)
2014: Noah Vonleh (9), Shabazz Napier (24), Dwight Powell (45)

-- Matt Petersen

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