With the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets have taken Frank Kaminsky. The NCAA’s National Player of the Year is known for his offensive versatility and outside shooting ability, two things the Hornets know Kaminsky will bring immediately, and Charlotte has been looking to add shooting this offseason.
At 7-1 and 230 pounds with a 6-11 wingspan, Kaminsky remains one of the most intriguing bigs in this class with his versatility. Kaminsky has an unorthodox game, as he plays like a stretch 4 at his immense size with a sweet shooting stroke (41.6 percent from three).
However, Kaminsky might lack the length to guard centers and quickness to keep up with stretch 4s in the NBA. Who’s he going to guard at the next level? Off the bench, it’ll be less of an issue, but as a potential starter, he might never be above-average defensively.
Kaminsky’s strengths on offense far outweigh his weaknesses on defense, and that’s what makes him a mid-first-round pick. If he adds 10-15 pounds of strength without losing much mobility and he becomes a passable defender, Kaminsky will turn into a very good NBA player.
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2014-15 stats: 18.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 bpg (54.7 FG%, 41.6 3P% 78.0 FT%)