How did this happen? The Hornets drafted Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick. THE Malik Monk. Basically, the Hornets got luckier than the time you almost dropped your phone, but caught it two inches before it hit the ground. The At the Hive staff has compared various prospects to different types of pants — from khaki shorts to David Bowie space man suits — the comparisons were seemingly endless (as were the types of pants). Malik Monk had no comparison.
As the draft went on, most Hornets fans kept wondering: “Are there going to be ANY surprises? This draft is going as expected.” Then Portland traded picks 15 and 20 to Sacramento in exchange for the 10th pick. That is when we knew that the Hornets would have the option of selecting Monk.
The Hornets got Monk. No, you're not dreaming.— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) June 23, 2017
Knowing Steve Clifford, do not expect Monk to start. Looking at the current roster situation, Monk will have a rotation roll to start the season. But a back-court combination between Kemba Walker and Monk could be lethal, and he could be a force off of the bench. If Charlotte can secure the rotation (aka, find a backup point guard), the bench could have a much needed impact that was not present last season.
With the first pick in the second round in the NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected Duke point-guard Frank Jackson. Theeeeeeeeennn, they traded him to New Orleans for the 40th overall pick and cash. With the 40th pick, the Hornets selected Dwayne Bacon, guard, Florida State.
Wait, did the Pelicans just give us money to get Bacon?— At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) June 23, 2017
Bacon is an interesting choice for the 40th pick, considering the Hornets drafted Monk, another scorer, with their earlier pick. While having a slightly awesome name, Bacon averaged just over 17 points per game for the Seminoles, most on the team. While he struggled beyond the arc, Bacon was a great scorer mid-range, and in the paint. His 2-point percentage is an amazing 52 percent this past season.
Final Thoughts? The Charlotte Hornets did remarkable job in this years draft. Monk could’ve have gone much higher, so they lucked out that he fell outside the top 10. He is already an amazing shooter, and comes with a high ceiling. Bacon was a decent pickup in the second round, and will most-likely make the 15-man roster. Ultimately, the Hornets accomplished what was seemingly their goal: to add scoring. Fans in Charlotte should be really excited for what is to come on nights at the Hive next season. It should be electric.