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Even if the Charlotte Hornets didn't have multiple picks in this year's draft, there would still be a considerable buzz (no pun intended) over the return of the once-storied franchise.
The new-look Hornets are back with a revamped look on their old logo and colors. To help bring in the team's revival, Charlotte went out and added some promising rookies to last year's surprise playoff team.
Charlotte kicked off their 2014 draft by stopping the slide of Indiana forward Noah Vonleh at No. 9 overall. With his length (6'9" with a 7'4" wingspan), athleticism and stroke from the outside (shot 48.5 percent from three for the Hoosiers last season), Vonleh is the perfect complement to bruising center Al Jefferson.
Plus, Vonleh has the chops to make the Hornets even more formidable on the defensive end. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game last season, and with his long arms and enormous hands, his shot-blocking ability should translate to the pros.
Oh, but wait, the Hornets weren't done.
After initially drafting UConn point guard Shabazz Napier with the No. 24 overall pick, Charlotte swung a deal to send Napier to the Miami Heat in exchange for exiled North Carolina Tar Heel guard P.J. Hairston (No. 26 overall).
Hairston has some obvious character concerns, which is why he was drafted out of the NBA's D-League as opposed to UNC. Still, there's no denying his potential. Hairston averaged 21.8 points per game for the Texas Legends last season.
He also shot 45.3 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three. On a Hornets team that needed perimeter scoring, Hairston is a perfect fit, if he can get his head on straight.
Hairston and Vonleh join a Hornets franchise that already has Jefferson and Kemba Walker as its core pieces. When you throw in prospects like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller, this team isn't that far way from making serious noise.