In a pick that they got from the Clippers in the Chris Paul deal, the Hornets were in a position to really take the best player available.
On the one hand, they already have a scoring guard in Eric Gordon. On the other hand, Gordon is a restricted free agent and there are no guarantees that they'll bring him back.
The two biggest needs that New Orleans had going into this draft were size up front and a point guard.
Obviously they got their big man at No. 1.
But at No. 10, there really wasn't a solid point guard available.
Kendall Marshall, Tony Wroten and a few others were still on the board, but it would have been a reach to take either. Instead, they grabbed one of the most explosive, intelligent players in this draft.
Offensively, there isn't much Rivers can't do. He was raised on this game, and will likely be a star in this league.
Worst case scenario, the Hornets now have two shooting guards for next year.
Best case scenario, they use one or the other to secure another player of need.