2015 NBA Mock Draft: Charlotte Hornets Select Stanley Johnson
Charlotte Hornets Draft Stanley Johnson
May 22, 2015
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The Charlotte Hornets hope that their ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft will help get them back in the playoffs after a disappointing season last year. If the Hornets are looking for somebody who can contribute right away and probably the best player on the board, Stanley Johnson out of Arizona would be the best selection.
Johnson has his NBA body at 6’6”, 242 pounds and plays with a ton of energy. Johnson is a great rebounder, is an above-average defender and has improved his offense to the point he could stretch the floor from the outside. The Hornets desperately need offense, as their 42 percent shooting from the field was only ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers and their 31.8 percent shooting from deep was dead last in the league.
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Johnson isn’t going to come in the league and give Charlotte 30 points every night, but he will help space the floor and is a massive upgrade at both ends of the court for a team that needs answers. Also, drafting a guy mainly for his outside shot would be a reach at this point in the draft, especially when you can get a player as polished as Johnson.
A healthy Kemba Walker, another year of Lance Stephenson and Johnson at small forward gives the Hornets a decent foundation to build around in their starting lineup. I also don’t expect Al Jefferson to opt out of his contract considering he’ll be making close to 14 million dollars and likely won’t get anywhere close to that on the open market.
Johnson is one of the more NBA ready players in this draft and would be a steal for a Hornets team that’s always been a piece or two away from taking that next step in the East. Johnson would also probably be an upgrade over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is still somewhat of a liability on the offensive end.
The Hornets haven’t had great luck in pasts drafts, but if Johnson is on the board in the ninth spot, it makes it nearly impossible to overthink things.
Johnson makes Charlotte a better basketball team from day one.