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The Hornets will pick twelfth in next month’s draft

The lottery wasn’t kind to the Hornets, so they will make their pick in the late lottery for the third consecutive year.

NBA: Preseason-Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

At the NBA Draft Lottery tonight, it was confirmed that the Charlotte Hornets will be making the twelfth selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

There was an 86% chance that this was going to be the outcome and the Hornets never get nice things, so this isn’t a surprise.

With this news, the Hornets will shift their focus to scouting prospects projected to go late in the lottery. The chances of finding an immediate impact player are small, but recent history at the twelfth pick shows some reason for optimism:

2018: Miles Bridges
2017: Luke Kennard
2016: Taurean Prince
2015: Trey Lyles
2014: Dario Saric
2013: Steven Adams
2012: Jeremy Lamb

All of those players have become regular contributors at the very least, so it’s not a useless pick. Other players, like Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell, and Devin Booker have been taken just after the twelfth pick in recent drafts. Those guys are extreme examples, but they provide hope to Hornets fans who desperately need some.