The Hornets have used the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft to select guard LaMelo Ball.
President of basketball operations Mitch Kupchak had long vowed to select the best player available in the draft, and the Ball pick reflects that. The Hornets’ backcourt is one of the team’s strengths, with Terry Rozier and Devonte’ Graham having led the team in scoring in 2019/20.
There was a belief that Charlotte may prefer a big man in the draft, but James Wiseman came off the board at No. 2 and the Hornets decided not to use the No. 3 pick on USC’s Onyeka Okongwu. The Hornets will have cap room available and may look to address their frontcourt in free agency later this week.
A report earlier today indicated that Hornets owner Michael Jordan had given the team the “stamp of approval” to draft Ball.
Ball will be in line for a $7.8MM salary in his first NBA season.