With just a few days left until the NBA Draft, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that two of the top shooters in the group, Nik Stauskas and Doug McDermott, will not be on the board for long come the first round. According to a report from Rotoworld, both players are currently being targeted by the Charlotte Hornets with the no. 9 overall pick.
As we saw this past season, when still the Bobcats, this team is close to becoming a playoff contender. However, virtually every team throughout history that has made it far in the postseason has relied on a sharpshooter, and both of these prospects have the ability to score at will, and sometimes in bunches.
McDermott might be considered the more polished of the two, considering the four years that he put in at Creighton where he shot himself up the all-time college basketball scoring list.
This past college basketball season alone, McDermott ran away with the Player of the Year Award, and really the debate wasn’t even close. In leading the Bluejays to the Big East Tournament final and the NCAA Tournament, McDermott averaged an amazing 26.7 points per game with seven rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Stauskas, while not as polished at this point, has the ability to become just as deadly of a shooter down the road. Last year for the Wolverines, Stauskas averaged 17.5 points per game in 36 contests.
Either one of these amazing shooters could provide a huge boost to an organization trying to re-invent itself going forward.