The Charlotte Hornets recently got the wing player team management desired in trading for Nic Batum and later acquiring Jeremy Lamb, and now GM Rich Cho can focus on the draft.
If what Ken Berger of CBS Sports says is true, the Hornets could be looking to shore up the 2 in drafting former Kentucky Wildcat Devin Booker.
After filling SF void with Batum and adding Lamb, Hornets said to be targeting Devin Booker with ninth pick, sources say.
— Ken Berger (@KBergNBA) June 25, 2015
Charlotte could certainly reap the benefits of having Booker on their roster, and he’ll almost definitely be available at the team’s turn. He averaged 10 points per game as Kentucky’s sixth man last year, and proved that he could drive the lane well on top of being an excellent three-point shooter.
Given how the Hornets could use a more reliable 2-guard than Lamb, who has averaged just seven points per game on 42 percent shooting since being drafted 12th by the Houston Rockets back in 2012.
Lamb was eventually sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the James Harden trade.
But it should also be noted that Booker is only 18 and needs to improve his mid-range and perimeter game, so to expect him to contribute immediately is unrealistic. Be it riding the bench as a member of the second unit or even spending some time in the D-League, he isn’t going to instantly help shoulder the scoring load. Either way, however, he’d be a great get for the Hornets.
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