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Hornets select Arnoldas Kulboka with the 55th overall pick

The Hornets wrapped up their night with a draft and stash prospect.

NBA: NBA Draft
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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the 55th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected Arnoldas Kulboka, a 6’10” wing out of Lithuania.

Kulboka spent this past season with Betaland Capo D’Orlando in the Italian Lega Basket, where he averaged 8.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 36.7% from 3 on 4.4 attempts per game. He was named Best Young Player of the Champions League, so potential is there; however, he only shot 36.6% from the field and likely won’t make his way over to the NBA for at least two seasons according to ESPN’s Mike Schmitz.

Mitch Kupchak said in a recent press conference that he anticipated using a 2nd round pick on a draft and stash player, and that became even more likely after the Hornets selected three players earlier in the draft. Any 6’10” prospect that can shoot it from deep at 20 years old holds intrigue, and he’ll be waiting overseas for the Hornets should he develop and his services become needed. The Hornets haven’t stashed a player in recent memory, and the new regime is making its mark by breaking that trend.