Best Pick — Alonzo Mourning (No. 2, 1992)
The Hornets’ past draft results can be a bit confusing, as the team reclaimed its history after changing its name from the Bobcats in 2014. Luckily for this exercise, the Bobcats didn’t do a terribly good job of drafting quality talent (aside from Kemba Walker). When examining Charlotte’s draft history, three names stand out: Larry Johnson, Baron Davis and Alonzo Mourning. Johnson and Davis became recognized for their thunderous slams and impressive athleticism, but Mourning was arguably the most impactful of the bunch. In three seasons in Charlotte, Mourning averaged 21 PPG, 10 RPG, and 3 BPG.
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Worst Pick — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 2, 2012)
Unfortunately for Hornets fans, the team has plenty of draft busts to choose from. Adam Morrison was selected third overall in 2006 and failed to blossom into the offensive threat he was projected to become at Gonzaga. Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh, and Frank Kaminsky all left something to be desired. However, none were as disappointing as Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Selected one spot after college teammate Anthony Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist has developed into nothing more than a defensive-minded reserve. Not exactly what you expect out of a No. 2 overall pick, especially when Bradley Beal (No. 3) and Damian Lillard (No. 6) were taken shortly after.
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