NOTE: This is a series of articles written by individual authors, both in and out of The Draft Class. These are all part of The Draft Class’ NBA Re-Draft, in which all of the current 30 NBA teams are represented and will undergo a simulation through NBA 2K20, with the goal to build the best team over the next five years. All teams have already been formed through the snake draft. These pieces will break down why each team’s representative drafted the way they did, as well as the approach the representative had heading into the draft.
GM: Gabriel Rozier (@HotTakeGabe407)
Projected Starting Lineup:
Projected Closing Lineup:
Shai Gilgeous Alexander/Jaylen Brown/Andre Iguodala/Christian Wood/Richaun Holmes
My goal as the Hornets GM was to have a team with no one taller than 6’11” and no one shorter than 6’2” because of the potential defensive versatility having players within this height range brings. Jaylen Brown and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are both young and have superstar potential, making the Charlotte backcourt something to keep an eye on in the future. However, picking up Iguodala in the 10th round makes this team competitive right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets were a consistent playoff team for the next five seasons – even if they are one of the youngest teams in the league.
Possible problems could occur if the Hornets are forced into too much half-court offense due to the lack of proven, consistent offensive creators on the roster, at least until Jaylen and/or Shai emerge. Also, the Hornets currently only have one player that would be considered a point guard, which puts pressure on Iguodala to create baskets for the guys on the bench. The evolution of Donte DiVincenzo as a scorer will determine if the Hornets have the potential to become an elite team or just a good team.
If all else fails, this team should be fun to watch because they will force turnovers and have at least four to five transition highlights per game, if not more.
Side note: Based on team expectations, I will be highly surprised if James Borrego makes it past 2023.