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:
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.