Even though we now know that the Hornets will have the #1 pick in the draft and select Anthony Davis, the draft is not over for the Hornets. New Orleans currently also has the 10th overall pick (via Minnesota).
However they chose to utilize this pick will be the most important part of the off season. If they decide to keep the pick and not trade it the Hornets must draft an NBA player ready to come in and play alongside Anthony Davis. Lets take a look at some of the prospects that could fall to #10:
Terrance Jones, Kentucky, 6’9 SF/PF
Terrance Jones has all the tools to become a great NBA player. He’s athletic, big, great on defense, and his offense was steadily improving at Kentucky. The only reason why I would not advise New Orleans to take him is because they do not another forward as bad as they need a center or guard. Also drafting Jones would force Anthony Davis to play center a lot and that would not be good for Davis.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, 6’3 PG/SG
Damian Lillard has been said to be the best point guard in this years draft. I have been told that if he had went to a top school like Kentucky he would easily be a top 3 pick. The fact that he went to Weber State raises a lot of question marks. At Weber State he was by far the best player so he took majority of the shots and didn’t rack up too many assist. It does not matter what team selects him, he will have to learn to trust his teammates and pass the ball more effectively. The Hornets would actually be a good fit for him because the only other player that is going to demand the ball would be Eric Gordon. This would give Lillard a great chance to grow as a player as he would be able to take this team over as the starting PG. The Hornets need another scorer besides Eric Gordon anyways.
John Henson, North Carolina, 6’11 PF/C
Just Imagine 6’10 Anthony Davis playing alongside 6’11 John Henson. Those two guys could easily develop into the most feared front court in the NBA. Henson has some serious arm length and is probably the next best low post defender/shot blocker in the draft. I would not expect the Hornets to take Henson as he is very similar to Davis but it is definitely an option. The only question mark about Henson fitting in with the Hornets is can he play the center position regularly? He is 6’11 but only weighs 220. This could be a problem if he has to go against guys like Andrew Bynum, Demarcus Cousins, and other big physical big men.
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina, 6’4 PG
I have not seen Damian Lillard play a basketball game yet, but I have seen Kendall Marshall and I think he is the best PG in this draft. He has everything you want in a PG. He is the best passer coming out of college that I can think of, and he can score. He choose to pass the ball a lot of times at UNC, but who wouldn’t. He played with some amazing scorers. Anthony Davis did not show us his great offensive game, Kendall Marshall will bring it out of him.
These are the four guys I expect the Hornets to make the decision out of. There are other possibilities though depending on how the draft combines and workouts go. Some other potential prospects are, Austin Rivers(G, Duke), Myers Leonard(C, Illinois), Tyler Zeller(PF/C, UNC), and Dion Waiter(PG/SG, Syracuse)
Currently the Hornets Stating Lineup would probably look like this:
G: Jarret Jack G: Eric Gordon :SF Trevor Ariza PF: Anthony Davis C: Gustavo Ayon, Jason Smith, or Emeka Okafor
You tell me what the Hornets need most and who they should pick.