The 2014 NBA Draft is complete and it’s time to get to know the newest members of the Charlotte Hornets. Here’s all the (basketball) info you need to know on P.J. Hairston.
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 229 lbs
Standing Reach: 8’5″
P.J. is a physical two-guard on both ends of the floor. Offensively he uses his stocky upper body to drive through contact, open up space for clean looks and throw down ferocious slams. Defensively he annoys opposing ball handlers with his length (6-9 ½…on a SG) and fleet feet. He has the ability to turn the ball over and finish in transition, averaging nearly 2 steals per 40 minutes with the Legends. In his first few years he will look to improve his on-ball stop defense because in the NBA gambles don’t pay off as often as they do in college or even the D-League.
Hairston is going to look to score and score a lot. He is aggressive with the ball and has tremendous confidence in his abilities after playing and succeeding against NBA-level talent in the D-League. Don’t look for him to look for others. He averaged under an assist a night last year. He knows his role and is not tentative about it, things that will serve him well when he’s asked to immediately improve a woeful offense.
He didn’t turn the ball over a lot last year but that’s mainly because he was a catch and shoot guard who didn’t move around a lot. If he wants to expand his game and return to the well rounded form he was known for at UNC, then he’ll need to keep a lid on turnovers.
He expressed over and over during the lead up to the draft his desire to return home and be a Charlotte Hornet. For a small market team that attachment means a lot. If he becomes the player he and others believe he can be, the Hornets may have a multiple contract all-star player they can continue to build around for many years.
Other recent notable #26 picks: Kevin Martin (04), George Hill (08), Taj Gibson (09)