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NBA Mock Draft: Charlotte Hornets Select Rui Hachimura from Gonzaga

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the 12th pick, the Hornets select Rui Hachimura.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #12 - Rui Hachimura, Forward, Gonzaga

SB Nation’s Charlotte Hornets blog At The Hive explains the pick:

The Charlotte Hornets need scoring and they need depth on the interior. Hachimura checks both of those boxes. He’ll pair nicely with Miles Bridges to give the Hornets a hard-nosed, athletic duo at the forward positions long term. Assuming Kemba Walker stays, Hachimura can grow into the extra scorer Walker has needed to keep defenses from overcommitting to him, and he fits nicely in the development timeline with the other Hornets youngsters.