The Charlotte Hornets caught a break when the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped up to obtain the top pick in the draft once again. It netted the Hornets an unlikely first-round pick from the Detroit Pistons at ninth overall to go along with their 24th pick.
Charlotte had just an 18 percent chance of grabbing Detroit's pick, but defied the odds after all. The pick went to them due to a past trade with Detroit where the Pistons doled out a future first-rounder to ease the blow of absorbing Ben Gordon's albatross of a contract.
The draft pick is by far the most promising thing Gordon ever did for Charlotte. The team landed a top-8 protected pick that fell to ninth, which means that in a few weeks of existence the Hornets have already been luckier than the Bobcats were at any point of their existence.
Following the most promising season in franchise history, the Bobcats will be converting back to the Hornets with a sense of positivity this franchise has never seen. The surprising Al Jefferson addition was a home run, Kemba Walker continues to develop as a dynamite point guard, and the team jelled around Steve Clifford perfectly.
Instead of limping into the offseason dreading the next draft bust that this front office brings to town, the Hornets have a nucleus to build around as well as two great picks in a very deep draft class. The pressure of drafting a superstar is gone, and Charlotte can finally just look for some high-upside talents who will fit in with Clifford's regime.
Sounds simple enough.
Charlotte was rarely the most talented team on the court in 2013-14, but you would be challenged to find a team that competed and overachieved quite like the Bobcats did. Fans can now take solace in the fact that there is finally a system in place to get the most out of its players. Past draft duds like Adam Morrison and Sean May were asked to be saviors, whereas the new rookies on the Hornets will simply have to fit in and be who they are.
This was a great year to land an unexpected top-10 pick. Early reports are that it will be mayhem after the top three picks, so Charlotte should have a bevy of options. Here are the rundowns of five guys who would fit magnificently with the Hornets.