Charlotte Hornets Draft Picks 2024: Who Will They Select In NBA Draft?

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Key Takeaways:

  • 🥉 The Charlotte Hornets have the sixth overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
  • 👀 The Hornets' most likely first-round pick is UConn Guard, Stephon Castle.
  • 🏀 The top two team needs for Charlotte are shooting guard and power forward.

Now that the NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, we can officially turn our attention in the Tar Heel State towards next month’s draft and the possibilities that surround who the Charlotte Hornets will take with their first overall selection.  

For the Hornets, the franchise’s decade-long nightmare on the court continues apace, with an 18-58 record, and the club hiring a new head coach after  Steve Clifford announced he’d step down at season’s end.  

For Charlotte, it’s been more than 20 years since the club’s last playoff series win, when they beat the Orlando Magic in the opening round of the 2002 NBA Playoffs, illustrating how far the franchise has fallen of late.   

BetCarolina.com is constantly in North Carolina sports betting mode and broke down the odds on where Charlotte may go in the draft come June 26, as the Hornets try to get their act together after a slump that’s lasted for 22 years.  

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Charlotte Hornets Draft Picks 2024: Projected Picks

RoundPick #

1

6

2

42 (from HOU)

Last Updated:May 20, 2024

Charlotte’s luck ran out in the ping pong lottery, with the franchise earning the sixth pick in the first round after holding the third highest odds of any team (at 13.3%) of landing the top pick overall.  

Still, Charlotte will likely have their pick of top-level talent in late June’s two-round draft, with a host of college and international talent sitting on the board when the Hornets make their first of two selections overall, along with the 42nd pick that the franchise acquired from the Houston Rockets.  

Charlotte Hornets Draft Needs 2024

Top Draft Needs for Hornets:

Power Forward

Shooting Guard

Right now, Charlotte's needs are well spread, with a roster that’s lean on experience and long on versatility. That’s why we see them adding either a power forward or a shooting guard in this year's draft, with a pair of NCAA guards in our top three for the club, along with a member of G League Ignite’s frontcourt. 

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Charlotte Hornets Mock Draft: 1st Round Pick Odds

Player 

Odds 

Percent Chance 

UConn G Stephon Castle 

+250 

28.6% 

G League Ignite F Matas Buzelis 

+450 

18.2% 

Kentucky G Reed Sheppard 

+600 

14.3% 

UConn C Donovan Clingan  

+600 

14.3% 

G League Ignite F Ron Holland 

+1000 

9.1% 

Kentucky G Rob Dillingham 

+1000 

9.1% 

Other 

+1500 

6.3% 

Speaking of who Charlotte may go with their two draft picks in 2024, our top prospects for the club are UConn star guard Stephon Castle, who we have at +250, while G League Ignite forward Matas Buzelis (+450) and Kentucky guard Reed Sheppard and UConn big man Donovan Clingan are next up, at +600 each.  

Throw in forward Ron Holland of G League Ignite and guard Rob Dillingham from the UK Wildcats at +1000 apiece and “other” at +1500 and you have a full rundown on the picks that we could see the Hornets making with their first of two selections in next month’s NBA Draft.  

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Charlotte Hornets Draft History: Last 3 NBA Drafts

YearPickPlayerCollege
2023No. 2 (Round 1)Brandon MillerAlabama
2023No. 27 (Round 1)Nick SmithArkansas
2023No. 41 (Round 2)Amari BaileyUCLA
2022No. 15 (Round 1)Mark WilliamsDuke
2021No. 11 (Round 1)James BouknightUConn
2021No. 56 (Round 2)Scottie LewisFlorida

Since 2021, Charlotte has picked six players, with that sextet of basketball hope producing a total win share amount of 4.5 WS between them, with three of the six (Nick Smith Jr., Amari Bailey and James Bouknight) having negative career WS numbers.  

Charlotte’s high-water mark in the first round over the last three drafts is Mark Williams, who has a 4.9 WS total in 62 NBA games, while rookie Brandon Miller is the next closest, at 0.5 WS through his first 69 games in the league.  

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Author

Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetCarolina.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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