We've got an internet chock full of Hornets opinion, knowledge, and rumor in the aftermath of the draft, so let's get right down to it.
We'll start with the Hornets' first draft pick, Craig Brackins. The Ames (IA) Tribune reports on Skates' reaction after he was selected:
Join the club, Craig. Though that was the headline-grabbing quote in the article, there was some other strange tidbits in the article.
First, the Iowa State coach, Fred Hoiberg, knew that Brackins was going to be the pick at number 21 as soon as the OKC-New Orleans trade was announced, at 8:04pm. That means that the Hornets must have had their eye on Brackins as the draft started. As soon as Patterson was off the board, the Hornets immediately knew they wanted Brackins at 21. Apparently the Hornets really wanted him.
Second, Fred Hoiberg thinks that Brackins will fit in perfectly with the Hornets, for what it's worth:
Take this with a grain of salt – college coaches always predict greatness for their former players.
Sticking with Brackins, the Times-Pic takes a look at the workout that made him a first round pick:
Six days before Thursday night’s NBA draft, Brackins was at the Alario Center undergoing a rigorous session with New Orleans Coach Monty Williams putting forearms into his chest and back, shoving Brackins, 6 feet 10 and 235 pounds, around the floor in an attempt to simulate the physicality of the pro game."It was crazy; I’d never seen that before, " Brackins said Friday from Ames, Iowa, where he watched the draft near the Iowa State campus. "Everybody started laughing. We started looking at each other like, ’Oh.’ Because some of the coaches you go to, they’re sitting on the sidelines, evaluating, looking at your footwork, trying to see you from a coach’s point of view from the sidelines. He was hands-on with us, hitting us. He’s young. He can move a little bit. He used to play, was a good player. He might try to come out there and play you one-on-one. You never know."