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The Hornets have a lot of work to do if they’re going to become a contender in the near future. There are some nice young pieces with potential in place in Devonte’ Graham, Miles Bridges, and PJ Washington. But it’s a roster that’s missing any sort of star power, and that’s always necessary to win in the NBA.
LaMelo Ball is the guy in this draft that could turn into the biggest star, but he also is far from a sure thing. Ball is the best passer in this draft, but even that part of his game isn’t without fault. He’s a bit too turnover prone, and while he can certainly make every pass on the floor, that means he will attempt all of them, even if it’s ill-advised. Ball’s shot was bad while playing professionally in the NBL, and will need to be reworked by whichever franchise drafts him. The potential for Ball to be the best player in this draft certainly exists, but we could also be doing a re-draft of this draft 10 years from now and he could fall out of the lottery entirely.