Charlotte Hornets NBA Draft Odds: Hornets Searching for Shooters and Bigs

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  • The Charlotte Hornets will have the No. 11 pick in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.
  • Michael Walton breaks down the Hornets' needs and lists the odds for the prospects who could fall in that range.

Charlotte Hornets (33-39)

Picks: 11, 56, 57

Draft Prospects Odds (via BetMGM)
Moses Moody O/U 11.5 (+110/-140)
Jalen Johnson O/U 13.5 (-175/+140)
Corey Kispert O/U 13.5 (-165/+130)

Charlotte nailed the 2020 NBA Draft, selecting eventual Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball with the No. 3 overall pick. Ball’s combination of size and 3-point shooting allowed Charlotte to keep him on the floor with different lineup combinations, including small guards like Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham.

The Hornets will obviously benefit from a full season of Ball playing with the rest of the Hornets’ core that will likely include an intriguing prospect from a boom-or-bust late lottery group.

NBA Draft Needs

  • Starting Caliber Center: It’s no secret that the Hornets would love an impact, big man to play with franchise point guard LaMelo Ball and forward PJ Washington. Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo are solid veterans, but Charlotte will be looking for a long-term solution at the position.
  • 3-and-D Wings: Every team in the league could make the case that they could use some 3-and-D wings but Charlotte more so than others since they already possess an elite passer at the point guard position. Adding more perimeter defense on the wing is a key for Charlotte with little behind Gordon Hayward.
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