Going into tonight, the Charlotte Hornets held the 12th slot in the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery after winning two tiebreakers with the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings. The Hornets entered the ping pong ball battle with a one percent chance of winning the Zion Williamson sweepstakes and a 4.8% chance of landing in the top four. So you’re saying there’s a chance?
If you are like any of us at the Queen’s Guard, then you too have probably been smashing that “Sim Lottery” button on Tankathon[dot]com in the hopes to see the Hornets land at the top of the draft order. It took me north of forty tries this morning before the Hornets landed the top pick, while it took my colleague Dylan Jackson one simulation to land Charlotte at the top.
Unfortunately, the Charlotte Hornets retained the 12th pick in the upcoming draft next month. To quote the great Twitter meme, our expectations for you were low, but holy ****. Since the return of these Hornets they have failed to move up in the draft lottery every single season. It could be worse, though. Charlotte could have had the 14th pick had they lost the coin flips. I’m just trying to find some positives here.
Some players who could be available in the 12 range are: Bol Bol / C / Oregon, Nassir Little / SF / UNC, Brandon Clarke / PF / Gonzaga, Kevin Porter Jr / SG / USC, and Jaxson Hayes / C / Texas. We’ll be covering draft prospects throughout the next month to get people more familiar with players that Charlotte could ultimately draft.