Nick Richards' Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Hornets Roster

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 19, 2020

Florida guard Scottie Lewis (23) shots against Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)
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The Charlotte Hornets selected Kentucky big man Nate Richards with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft Wednesday night. The New Orleans Pelicans traded the pick to the Hornets, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.

          

Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

PlayerNick Richards

Position: C

Height: 6'11"

Weight: 247

Pro Comparison: Mason Plumlee

Scouting Report: Richards will be called on to run the floor, dive to the hoop, finish and block shots. He put himself in position to get drafted by improving his motor, activity and mid-range touch last year.

         

Here is a look at the Hornets' roster following this pick:

   

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Hornets Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

Nicolas Batum, SF: $27.1M (2021)

PJ Washington, PF: $3.9M (2023)

Jalen McDaniels, PG: $1.5M (2023)

Terry Rozier, PG: $18.9M (2022)

Miles Bridges, SF: $3.6M (2022)

Cody Martin, SF: $1.5M (2022)

Caleb Martin, SF: $1.4M (2022)

Cody Zeller, C: $14M (2021)

Malik Monk, SG: $3.9M (2021)

Devonte' Graham, PG: $1.4M (2021)

LaMelo Ball, PG: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Vernon Carey Jr., C: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Nick Richards, C: Rookie scale contract (2024)

     

Free Agents

Bismack Biyombo, C: UFA

Willy Hernangomez, C: UFA

Dwayne Bacon, SF: RFA

Kobi Simmons, PG: RFA

Ray Spalding, PF: RFA

         

The Hornets have been busy in Wednesday's draft, and Richards gives them another big man who can work in pick-and-rolls with new point guard LaMelo Ball.

Ball's vision stands out, so it is not difficult to envision him throwing lobs to Richards during the 2020-21 campaign. Richards should also provide solid interior defense and has the athleticism to serve as a matchup problem for opposing bigs.