Hornets GM explains why they took Brandon Miller over Scoot Henderson
After the San Antonio Spurs unsurprisingly selected Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick in this year’s draft, there was uncertainty concerning who the Charlotte Hornets would take at the second selection.
The Hornets chose to take former Alabama standout Brandon Miller over G-League ignite guard Scoot Henderson. Charlotte voiced after the draft that Miller progressively became the clear-cut favorite throughout the pre-draft process.
“Obviously, there were two players that were heavily considered at that position. Brandon was the favorite all along,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said after their selection via ESPN. “It wasn’t the easiest decision, but Brandon was our favorite all along. A lot of spirited discussion the last three or four days, which I welcome, and it’s good for the basketball department to discuss pros and cons.”
Although the Hornets were in a can’t-miss position, the team believes Miller will be the franchise cornerstone it can pair alongside All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball. He’s coming off an impressive campaign at Alabama where he averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting 43% from the field and 38% from 3-point range.
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Miller has drawn plenty of comparisons to LA Clippers star forward Paul George due to his playing style. He has shown plenty of versatility in his game with his scoring prowess off the dribble to create his own shot and can score from all three levels.
The Hornets are hoping Miller can become a key piece in helping quickly push them toward playoff contention.