The Charlotte Hornets drafted Michigan State forward Miles Bridges with the 12th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Bridges considered turning pro last year but made a personal choice that a second season of college could refine him on and off the court.
The Charlotte Hornets traded up to select Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham, a Raleigh native, in the second round of the NBA draft. Now Graham has to prove he's more than a feel-good story to earn a backup job behind two-time All-Star Kemba Walker.
The Charlotte Hornets' first NBA draft pick in franchise history, Rex Chapman, opened up on his NBA draft experience, memories of Steph Curry as a baby, current Kentucky players going to the NBA, and Charlotte's evolution as an NBA city.
Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak hinted on Wednesday the team could use the "draft and stash" strategy with its 55th overall pick. That's exactly what happened, as the Hornets selected Lithuanian stretch forward Arnoldas Kulboka.
With the 34th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, the Charlotte Hornets selected Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham, a Raleigh native who averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 assists as a senior and was a first-team All-American.
With a chance to select potential future star Michael Porter Jr. in the 2018 NBA draft Thursday, Charlotte instead ended up with the safer choice of Michigan State's Miles Bridges. Porter, though, was a risk worth taking.