The At The Hive Community mock draft has come and gone, and the community knocked it out of the park. The entire draft up to the Charlotte Hornets’ last pick at 41 overall was completed in about 10 days. Let’s recap the Hornets haul.
2: Scoot Henderson, guard, G League Ignite
27: Sidy Cissoko, wing, G League Ignite
34: Brandin Podziemski, guard, Santa Clara
39: Emoni Bates, wing, Eastern Michigan
41: Tristan Vukčević, big, Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
The community went with who they felt was the best prospect on the board at number two by electing to take Scoot Henderson over Brandon Miller. He won with a landslide 80% of the vote. Twitter was even more lopsided with 90% of the voters preferring Scoot to Miller.
Henderson would pair up with LaMelo Ball to create arguably the most dynamic backcourt duo in the NBA. His downhill, slashing scoring and bulldog mentality pair nicely with LaMelo Ball’s outside shooting prowess and flair. Both are unselfish players that should make the Hornets offense a headache to deal with.
The next three picks were used to bolster the depth on the wings. Cissoko was Scoot’s teammate with G League Ignite and brings tremendous physical tools and high defensive upside to the Hornets rotation. He’s good with the ball in his hands and is an above average passer for someone his size. The outside shot needs work, but it’s been coming along and shows some promise.
Podziemski is a sharpshooting combo guard with a little bit of playmaking and headiness on both ends of the floor. He’s super active on the glass and, if he were able to crack the rotation, bring some much needed outside shooting to a Hornets team that was among the worst in the league in that regard last season.
Bates can shoot the ball well and was a highly touted recruit in high school.
The last of the three second round picks was used on a skilled big that would be a good candidate for a draft and stash. I was going to give Tristan Vukčević his own post, but I thought it better to recap the draft as a whole. He’ll get his shine here. He’s a skilled offensive big who can shoot threes and put the ball on the floor a little bit. However, he’s slow footed and is a defensive liability at this point. He hasn’t gotten much playing time professionally in Europe yet, so he seems unlikely to make the jump to the NBA right away. That matches up nicely with a Hornets roster that doesn’t have any open spots for the taking right now.
Here are the full draft results:
1. San Antonio (fontgangsta) – Victor Wembanyama, big, Metropolitans 92 (France)
2. Charlotte (ATH) – Scoot Henderson, guard, G League Ignite
3. Portland (OrangeBuffalo8) – Brandon Miller, forward, Alabama
4. Houston (BzCityKnights) – Cam Whitmore, forward, Villanova
5. Detroit (DellsMatches) – Amen Thompson, guard, Overtime Elite
6. Orlando (49er4life01) – Ausar Thompson, guard, Overtime Elite
7. Indiana (hotrats) – Taylor Hendricks, forward, UCF
8. Washington (DB) – Jarace Walker, forward, Houston
9. Utah (Footey1984) – Anthony Black, guard, Arkansas
10. Dallas (Benjammin G) – Leonard Miller, forward, G League Ignite
11. Orlando (49er4life01) – Gradey Dick, wing, Kansas
12. Oklahoma City (Chase) – Brice Sensabaugh, wing, Ohio State
13. Toronto (commissioner pick) – Cason Wallace, guard, Kentucky
14. New Orleans (NOLA HEEL) – Noah Clowney, big, Alabama
15. Atlanta (Mr. Long) – Kobe Bufkin, guard, Michigan
16. Utah (Footey1984) – Bilal Coulibaly, wing, Metropolitans 92 (France)
17. Los Angeles Lakers (Brandon Smith) – Jett Howard, wing, Michigan
18. Miami (TeachMeHowToMuggsy) – Kris Murray, forward, Iowa
19. Golden State (Chef) – Dariq Whitehead, wing, Duke
20. Houston (BzCityKnights) – Dereck Lively II, center, Duke
21. Brooklyn (Jonathan D) – Jalen Hood-Schifino, guard, Indiana
22. Brooklyn (Jonathan D) – Jordan Hawkins, guard, UConn
23. Portland (OrangeBuffalo8) – GG Jackson, forward, South Carolina
24. Sacramento (Chef) – Keyonte George, guard, Baylor
25. Memphis (tim r) – James Nnaji, big, Barcelona (Spain)
26. Indiana (hotrats) – Andre Jackson, guard, UConn
27. Charlotte (ATH) – Sidy Cissoko, wing, G League Ignite
28. Utah (Footey1984) – Nick Smith Jr., guard, Arkansas
29. Indiana (hotrats) – Julian Strawther, wing, Gonzaga
30. LA Clippers (TeachMeHowToMuggsy) – Trayce Jackson-Davis, big, Indiana
31. Detroit (DellsMatches) – Olivier-Maxence Prosper, forward, Marquette
32. Indiana (hotrats) – Rayan Rupert, wing, NZ Breakers
33. San Antonio (fontgangsta) – Maxwell Lewis, forward, Pepperdine
34. Charlotte (ATH) – Brandin Podziemski, guard, Santa Clara
35. Boston (RHM III) – Colby Jones, guard, Xavier
36. Orlando (49er4life01) – Ben Sheppard, wing, Belmont
37. Oklahoma City (Chase) – Marcus Sasser, guard, Houston
38. Sacramento (Chef) – Mouhamed Gueye, big, Washington State
39. Charlotte (ATH) – Emoni Bates, wing, Eastern Michigan
40. Denver (Eddie Freddie) – Jaime Jaquez Jr., forward, UCLA
41. Charlotte (ATH) – Tristan Vukčević, big, Partizan Belgrade