The draft lottery came and went with much fervor. Three teams jumped at least six spots, completely reshaping the landscape of mock draft world.
With that, we’ll take a look at who several prominent media outlets have mocked to the Charlotte Hornets. More detailed looks at these prospects will be coming in the weeks ahead, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
Away we go...
ESPN: P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky
ESPN has been mocking Washington to the Hornets for awhile now and, in true ESPN fashion, their analysis of the Hornets selection is the briefest of all the first round picks in their mock.
Washington has the length to defend multiple positions on the interior, he can stretch the floor from the perimeter, and he brings plenty of long-term upside.
His toughness and versatility will fit well on any team.
Tankathon: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
Much like ESPN’s steady marriage of Washington and the Hornets, Tankathon has had Bol mocked to the Hornets for awhile.
The 19-year-old seven footer is one of the toughest prospects in this class to gauge. He’s immensely talented, but there are red flags surrounding his health and his mentality.
NBA Draft Net: Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
In true nbadraft.net fashion, they’ve gone way off the beaten path for their mock. Several players in their mock land in vastly different spots relative to consensus, and Fernando is one of those players.
The sophomore out of Maryland looks the part of an NBA center. He’s got tremendous physical tools, but he’s somewhat raw on both ends of the floor.
Basketball Insiders: Sekou Doumbouya, F, France; Bol Bol, C, Oregon; Nassir Little, F, UNC; Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
Basketball Insiders has four writers giving their mocks for each pick.
Doumbouya is a prototypical forward that shows flashes of the skills needed to be a good player, but he’s raw and inconsistent. Little is much of the same. Gafford is a pick out of left field, as ESPN has him going to the Hornets 36th overall. He’s a bouncy vertical-spacing center.
We already talked about Bol.
Sports Illustrated: Sekou Doumbouya, F, France
Like I said above, Doumbouya is a versatile forward that is more potential than production. He’d be a big time home run swing.
The Athletic: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga
Hachimura is another player with an ideal physical profile for his position. He’s a junior, but he’s a late bloomer coming over from Japan. He’s got some scoring touch on offense and has the potential to be a very good defender.
The Ringer: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
You know who Bol Bol is at this point.
So there are some names to keep an eye on as we get deep into the pre-draft process. Be on the lookout for full profiles on these guys and many more starting next week.