With the 34th pick in the draft the Charlotte Hornets acquired the draft rights to Kansas point guard, Devonte’ Graham. Graham, a Raleigh native, comes back to North Carolina after four years at the University of Kansas.
Graham entered this draft as one of the most seasoned and decorated players in the 2018 class. The 6’2 guard was the 2017-18 Big 12 Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-American. During the 2017-18 season, Graham averaged an impressive 17.3 points, 7.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds and lead Kansas to its first Final Four appearance since 2012.
So what should we expect from the seasoned rookie? Graham could come in and immediately be a solid back up point guard for the squad. If the Hornets choose to not use the little bit of cap space on a backup guard then Graham could very well be the answer. He’s a solid scorer who shot 40 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3 during his senior season — numbers that could very well translate to the NBA.
Graham has also notably played as the #1 and #2 positions on the court, while playing off ball with former Kansas star, Frank Mason. Being able to play off ball with Kemba Walker could be what gives Graham extra minutes.
We will definitely get a preview of what Graham can do for the Horents in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Graham should be the team’s starting point guard or at the very least he will surely get notable minutes along side last years first round pick, Malik Monk.