4. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets are paying Terry Rozier a lot of money, but no one really believes he’s going to blossom into a perennial All-Star. That makes securing Ball as a potential upgrade something the team’s front office must consider if they receive a little lottery luck.
What the Hornets really need most is a star to build around. Ball would easily become the team’s highest-ceiling player on his arrival. Charlotte will always struggle to lure big-name free agents. If it’s going to nab a superstar, it must be through the draft.
Drafting Ball wouldn’t make the Hornets an immediate playoff contender, but he’s the sort of guy who could elevate the rest of the roster. His ability to draw the defense off the bounce and dime guys up with pinpoint passes could do a lot to help guys like Miles Bridges, Malik Monk and PJ Washington get the open looks they need to succeed.
The ugly truth for the Hornets is that they don’t have any player on their roster who is good enough to prevent the franchise from drafting a player at his position. Ball could give the franchise a much-needed dose of star power. If he’s on the board when Charlotte is on the clock, it shouldn’t hesitate to select him.