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2017 Draft Recap

Charlotte acquires Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon

What an exciting couple of days for the Hornets!

Tuesday the team dumped Miles Plumlee and added defensive presence Dwight Howard. That trade was well received by the media and fans alike, but Charlotte was not done.

Thursday night brought more big moves for Charlotte. Fans nervously watched as top prospects went off the board, wondering who would fall. New York surprised many when they selected Frank Ntilikina with the 8th pick. This selection allowed Kentucky guard Malik Monk to fall and Charlotte drafted him with the 11th pick. Monk was a dynamic scorer in college with impressive athleticism. He immediately fills a need for points off the bench.

Due to the Howard trade, Charlotte moved up from the 41st pick to the 31st pick. Charlotte selected Duke freshman guard Frank Jackson, but it was soon revealed he was being traded to New Orleans. Charlotte in return received the 40th pick and cash considerations.  Charlotte used the 40th pick to select sophomore Dwayne Bacon, giving the team more depth on the wing.

While Charlotte still has work to do (team needs a backup point guard and could use another rotation big), there is no doubt GM Rich Cho has upgraded the roster this week. After missing the playoffs last year, it looks like the team is back on the right track.