There was a time where the Charlotte Hornets were considered to be a legit threat in their Conference, but those golden years featuring players of the likes of Mourning, Bogues, Johnson or Curry are far behind them.
Charlotte has struggled to find consistency and become a contending side in the Eastern Conference, mostly because they seem to be constantly striking out of some good prospects during the NBA Draft.
The Hornets’ scouting has been mediocre at best over the last 10 years or so, leaving the team stuck on a mediocrity spiral despite constantly having their pick among the top 10 of the lottery, and today, we’re going to let you know about their top 5 draft mistakes during the last 10 years.
5. Noah Vonleh (2014 NBA Draft)
Noah Vonleh didn’t have much of a chance on this team despite not being a true contender, and with him being one of the roughest prospects on the Draft, it feels like they just gave up on him pretty soon considering how high of a ceiling it looked like he was going to have.
Now, he’s merely a rotation player for the rebuilding Chicago Bulls, and after they took him with the 9th overall pick of the Draft, it’s pretty safe to say that they would’ve been way better off by drafting Dario Saric, Zach LaVine, Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Harris or Nikola Jokic.
4. Cody Zeller (2013 NBA Draft)
Neither of the Zeller brothers have been able to establish themselves as true options down low at an NBA level, and they lack the skill set, offensive tools or defensive awareness to ever become consistent rotation players.
Obviously, that didn’t stop the Hornets from drafting him 4th overall out of Indiana University, passing on way better players of the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, CJ McCollum, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder or Giannis Antetokounmpo.
3. Frank Kaminsky (2015 NBA Draft)
Half the scouts were quite sold on Frank Kaminsky during the 2015 NBA Draft, while the other half was convinced he was yet another unathletic shooting big man after watching him thrive during March Madness with Wisconsin.
While Kaminsky hasn’t been particularly bad, he hasn’t been great either, and it just doesn’t feel like he’s got much else to offer. So, getting him at 9 was a huge mistake considering they could’ve had Myles Turner, Larry Nance Jr, Bobby Portis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre or Devin Booker.
2. Malik Monk (2017 NBA Draft)
Malik Monk looks like a major stud during his brief NCAA stint as a versatile scoring wingman, but he’s failed to make an impact on a mediocre Hornets team that’s not competing for a playoff spot and has lacked depth at the 2 spot all season long.
Monk has looked out of rhythm and lacks confidence when his shot isn’t falling, so drafting him 11th overall in this past Draft is already starting to look like a major mistake, especially because they could’ve drafted Kyle Kuzma, Jordan Bell or Donovan Mitchell instead.
1. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012 NBA Draft)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was supposed to develop into a lockdown wing stopper and athletic scorer, but he’s struggled to become a reliable scoring option with his lack of shooting stroke, while his defense has pretty much regressed on a yearly basis.
Kidd-Gilchrist went as high as 2nd overall during the 2012 NBA Draft after an outstanding year at Kentucky, but he’s been a major bust and an injury prone player ever since entering the league, while the Hornets would’ve been better off by drafting guys like Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters, Andre Drummond, Jae Crowder, Khris Middleton, Draymond Green or Damian Lillard.