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Hornets trade back, select Dwayne Bacon with the 40th overall pick

Bacon is a sophomore forward from Florida State that lead the team in scoring.

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The Charlotte Hornets traded their newly acquired 31st pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for cash and the 40th pick, which they then used to select Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon.

Bacon averaged 17.2 points, and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. He shot 45.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3.

Draft Express had this to say about him:

The intrigue is abundantly clear with Bacon as he certainly looks the part of an NBA wing. Standing 6'6.25 with a 6'10 wingspan he has the size and length to be an impact player on both ends of the floor at either wing spot. In addition to his natural size, Bacon possesses a physically mature frame that allows him to play bigger than his height suggests. He isn't overly quick or explosive, but does a terrific job of changing pace and is a handful to deal with when attacking downhill.

His size and length should help him adjust to the next level. Even though he lacks a quick step, he has some potential as a two-way player if he can develop a better outside shot.

That said, he was Florida State’s leading scorer — he won’t have to be “taught” how to score. Much of the offense ran through him, and as the highlights below show, he’s capable of scoring off the dribble, which is welcome to a Hornets bench that could use more of it.

As always, give us your take on Bacon. That should wrap things up for the Hornets in this draft.

UPDATE: Our own Steve Bob Forest uncovered this quote, from FSU assistant coach Stan Jones:

That’s one hell of and endorsement.