Hornets' Mock Draft Database, 3.0

Been a while since we ran one of these; naturally, this will be the last before the draft tomorrow. 

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Xavier Henry

SG, Kansas

6-6, 210, 19

 

Swingman with good size and an excellent frame. Possesses excellent scoring instincts and deep range on his jump shot. Smart, unselfish player who understands the game. Good, not great athlete who may struggle to create his own shot at the next level. Lateral quickness is questionable. Mature complimentary player.  

RidiculousUpside

Patrick Patterson

PF, Kentucky

6-8, 223, 21

 

Intelligent, undersized power forward with long arms, a great frame and nice athleticism. Very aggressive inside, can operate with his back to the basket with great touch, and is a terrific finisher around the hoop. Can knock down jump-shots with solid accuracy. Footwork and overall offense polish still improvable. Not a very good rebounder. Relies too much on his natural tools at times, particularly on the defensive end.

HoopsAddict

Luke Babbitt

SF, Nevada

6-8, 220, 21

 

Exceptionally skilled small forward, very smooth with his ability to create shots in midrange and knock down 3 pointers efficiently. Smart, active player with good passing skills and a strong basketball IQ. Questionable defender even at college level. Lacks ideal physical tools, but is only a sophomore. 

Sports Illustrated

Xavier Henry

SG, Kansas

6-6, 210, 19

 

Swingman with good size and an excellent frame. Possesses excellent scoring instincts and deep range on his jump shot. Smart, unselfish player who understands the game. Good, not great athlete who may struggle to create his own shot at the next level. Lateral quickness is questionable. Mature complimentary player.  

NBADraft.Net

Paul George

SF, Fresno State

6-7, 215, 20

Athletic wing player with outstanding physical attributes and scoring instincts. Smart, unselfish player who understands the game. Good, not great athlete who may struggle to create his own shot at the next level. Lateral quickness is questionable. Mature complementary player.

HoopsWorld

Al Farouq Aminu

F, Wake Forest

6-8, 220, 19

 

Athletic and super long combo forward with great mismatch potential. Runs the floor, competes hard on the defensive end, and is a great rebounder. Needs to improve ball handling and perimeter scoring skills. Big upside and is extremely young at that.

Hoops Doctors

Xavier Henry

SG, Kansas

6-6, 210, 19

Swingman with good size and an excellent frame. Possesses excellent scoring instincts and deep range on his jump shot. Smart, unselfish player who understands the game. Good, not great athlete who may struggle to create his own shot at the next level. Lateral quickness is questionable. Mature complimentary player.  

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Prenocephale
PG, International

8-0, 290, 65,000,000

Small, speedy, and with gigantic eyes that indicate its superior vision, Prenocephale is yet another prime point guard to call New Orleans home. Chris Paul is a crown jewel of today's NBA, and Darren Collison might have been the finest PG in last year's rookie class. The Hornets, who have so little to their name, really have choice but to try and play them together. Marcus Thornton brings some pure scoring fire power, but someone has to spell Paul and Collison if the team really does go with a "best available" approach to the starting line-up. Or, if one is traded, the team will need a back-up. Or, if things get really crazy, and someone recognizes that even a 4-foot tall dinosaur is still really fucking strong and athletic, maybe Preneocphale can become like a scaly cross between Tyson Chandler and Brad Miller.

Draft Depot

Cole Aldrich

C, Kansas

6-11, 250, 21

 

True center with terrific size, an excellent frame and an extremely long wingspan. Big time rebounder who plays a physical brand of defense. Has good hands and is a capable finisher around the basket. Still needs to work on improving all around offensive polish. Has glaring limitations but is a rare commodity thanks to his physical attributes, mobility, and the intensity with which he plays.  

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