The Charlotte Hornets are expected to be targeting shooting and scoring with the ninth overall pick in the NBA Draft, and they have their eye on one player in particular that would add both of those things.
Doug McDermott is currently the player that most analysts believe that the Hornets will target, and he is expected to be there at the ninth pick. He shot over 40 percent from behind the three-point arc last season, and averaged 26.7 points per game in his senior season at Creighton.
I think the Hornets might be high on Doug McDermott for the 9th pick. Nothing firm, but an indication.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 9, 2014
In addition to Rick Bonnell, Marc J. Spears believes that the Hornets will have interest in selecting McDermott in the draft as well.
Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit): Doug McDermott, Creighton, SF, 6-8, 218, Sr. – The Hornets are high on McDermott, who played well at USA Basketball’s senior team camp last summer.
There is no denying that the Hornets would receive an offensive lift from McDermott, but there are still a lot of question marks surrounding him as well. He is a 6’8″ forward, who isn’t quick enough to guard small forwards and simply isn’t big enough to defend the power forward position. His work ethic and willingness to be coaches will be a critical factor in whether or not he is able to make his game fit into the NBA.
All that being said, there are some very positive things that will help him succeed in the NBA. His ability to shoot the three-point shot will help him get on the floor as a stretch power forward, and he is a decent rebounder as well. There is no doubt that he will have a learning curve when he reaches the NBA, but his basketball IQ and good attitude will help him make things work.
Overall, the Hornets could decide to go elsewhere with their ninth pick when the draft comes around, but McDermott is certainly a good fit. The Hornets are getting closer and closer to being contenders in the Eastern Conference, and adding more offense is exactly what they need. Don’t be surprised to see McDermott begin his NBA career in Charlotte.