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Hornets trade for Nick Richards in 2020 NBA Draft

The Hornets continue to add front court depth with the Kentucky product.

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The New Orleans Pelicans selected center Nick Richards with the 42nd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but he’ll be coming to the Charlotte Hornets via trade.

The Hornets have apparently traded a future second round pick in the deal, but I don’t know anything more specific than that.

Richards profiles as your prototypical run and jump big. He doesn’t get steals. He doesn’t get assists. But he can catch and finish very, very well. In his final season at Kentucky, 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 64.2% from the field and 75.2% from the free throw line. He didn’t attempt a single 3-point shot.

Despite playing four years at Kentucky and being 22 years old, Richards is somewhat of a raw basketball talent. But at this point in the draft, there’s nothing wrong with drafting physical traits and seeing if the coaching staff can turn them into NBA players.

As of right now, the Hornets still have the 56th pick, but that may change.