As we get closer to the draft, it’s time to talk about possible draft picks for the Hornets. Over the next month, we will preview guys that could end up going to the Hornets at either picks number 9, 24, or 45. Also during this time span, we will preview other options the Hornets have such as trading picks or available free-agents. Stick with us for original analysis and predictions all summer long!
Player Essentials: Gary Harris
Strengths: The main draw to Gary Harris is his ability to score in multiple different ways from the two-guard position. In his freshman year at Michigan State, Harris shot 41% from beyond the arc while making an average of over two threes per contest. While the guards’ conversion rate of 35% from three in his sophomore year is concerning, Harris will certainly be a threat from long range in the NBA for years to come.
Harris also possess the ability to score off of the dribble as an improving slasher. While the guard won’t be able to rely on his driving ability at the next level, he has enough talent in the department to keep defenders honest on closeouts.
Weaknesses: Harris’ shot selection displayed at Michigan State should be a concern for the Rich Cho and other NBA general managers. On tape, Harris is frequently found taking poor attempts from long range at inopportune times. At the next level, however, with better talent around the guard, Harris should be more reserved in his shot selection.
Another one of Harris’ shortcomings is his height. Standing at just 6’2” without shoes, Harris is well below the average NBA shooting guard height and could struggle defensively because of it. The MSU product dues have a 6’7” wingspan and above-average leaping ability that should compensate for his height at the next level.
While Harris’ length is certainly a concern, his ability to shoot the rock and score off of the dribble will make him an exceptional player at the next level. Despite his potential, for a team like the Hornets who are looking to turn the corner, Charlotte might chose to select a more NBA ready player such as Doug McDermott or Marcus Smart. However, if he is drafted by Charlotte, Harris could potentially fill the starting shooting-guard spot if the team decides to split ways with the incumbent Gerald Henderson.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe