Analysis of Jeremy Wu’s Draft Phantom Projections for Charlotte Hornets

Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Wu recently put together a 2022 NBA mock draft in which the Hornets take Memphis center Jalen Duren 13th overall and Ohio State guard Malaki Branham 15th overall.

Find out what Jeremy had to say about each pick below.

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Charlotte’s protracted search for a long-term position to pair with the LaMelo ball may finally end in this draft, and it’s likely that at least one Duren or Mark Williams will have them in the pick. Although Duren is more of a traditional bigfoot, he’s quite physically gifted and has some oomph as a long-term center worth developing, particularly as one of the youngest players in the draft. It’s a solid jump with a mature frame, good hands and feet, and some untapped latent skills. Teams have always expressed concerns about his inconsistent movement and sometimes questionable instincts, but the Hornets’ need for a position creates more impetus to take that leap.

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