Greetings, loyal fan base! First of all, we at HoopDat would like to apologize for being MIA for a little while; there hasn’t been much going on of interest in the worlds of the Saints and Hornets, so we’ve been a little too quiet lately. However, there is something very important coming up for the Bees in just two days, so it’s time to take one final look at what path we may see the Hornets follow with their lone selection in Thursday night’s NBA draft. In this post, we’ll take a look around the various reputable sports media outlets and see what they think, and then I’ll give you our own personal draft choice.
ESPN (Insider) – Greg Smith, 6’10″ C (Fresno State)
I’m not sure how I feel about this choice by ESPN’s Chad Ford. He’s a huge work in progress, but his size (6’10″ but 7’3″ wingspan) and strength make him an intriguing target. However, I truly believe that if the Hornets are going to draft a guy who won’t be polished enough to contribute within the next year or two, it may make more sense to look overseas than to take up a roster spot with a project like Smith, especially with the team’s desire to win now. Smith Video Highlights
Yahoo! Sports (DraftExpress.com) – Diante Garrett, 6’4″ PG (Iowa State)
No knock to Garrett, but I would hate this pick for the Hornets, because it would seemingly only mean one thing – New Orleans is preparing for life without CP3. Garrett has terrific size and wingspan for a PG and his skill set for the position is decent enough that I wouldn’t hate the pick… if the Hornets needed a PG. His shot is not good enough to play the other guard position, meaning the only reason to take him would be if the team truly needed a point guard, which would only happen if Paul left town. For the sake of the team and the ensuing rumors that would no doubt come along with the pick, I really hope this is not the direction that the team takes. Garrett Video Highlights
NBADraft.net – Andrew Goudelock, 6’3″ G (Coll. of Charleston)
Goudelock is a combo guard who, should the Hornets select him, could be seen as a Marcus Thornton replacement. He is much better suited to play SG than PG, but is undersized for the position (like Thornton), lacks athleticism and is fairly turnover-prone. That being said, he is probably one of the top 5 pure shooters in the entire draft, and has crazy deep range. He would be purely utilized as a jump shooter off the bench, but I could see him getting minutes with CP3 since he is almost automatic when he is left wide open, and Paul has the ability to give him those open looks. His perimeter shooting is definitely a need for the Hornets, which would make me feel alright with this pick as long as there’s no one substantially better left on the board. Goudelock Video Highlights
HoopDat – E’Twaun Moore, 6’4″ SG (Purdue)
For our selection here at HoopDat, I’m going to stick with one of the players that I profiled in a post about a month ago when we first looked at Hornets’ draft possibilities. Moore would be a perfect need pick for New Orleans, and at the 45th overall pick, I doubt the team could do much better talent-wise, either. His shooting, ball-handling, and defensive effort would make him an ideal candidate for Monty Williams’ system. If I’m Dell Demps and Moore is still on the board when the Hornets are on the clock, he’s my guy. Moore Video Highlights
As always, we would love to hear any sort of feedback from our readers – who do YOU think the Hornets should select when it is their turn to draft? Let us know in the comments below!