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Hornets trade up to the 34th pick, select Devonte Graham

The Hornets traded for the fourth pick of the second round to select the veteran point guard out of Kansas.

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The Charlotte Hornets traded up to the 34th pick and used the selection on point guard Devonte Graham out of Kansas.

As a senior, Graham filled Frank Mason’s shoes as the Jayhawks leader and go to scorer. In his final collegiate season, the Raleigh, NC native averaged 17.3 points, 7.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 40.6% from behind the arc and leading Kansas to a 31-8 record and their 14th consecutive Big 12 title.

Graham slots into the Hornets’ empty backup point guard slot and could bring some much needed outside shooting and general production at the position. As a three year starter for one of the country’s best basketball programs, he should be ready to step in and contribute quickly.

No word yet on what the Hornets gave up to acquire the 34th pick, but general manager Mitch Kupchak probably used some of the team’s newly acquired 2nd rounders for ammunition.

Stay tuned for a more detailed profile in the coming days.

Update:

The Hornets are indeed sending two future 2nd round picks to the Hawks for Devonte Graham.