The Charlotte Hornets must determine what to do after bounding from fourth to second place in this year’s NBA Draft lottery. While G League Ignite point guard Scoot Henderson was long considered the No. 2 pick in the class, the Hornets have LaMelo Ball at point guard.
If Charlotte passes on Henderson, Alabama big man Brandon Miller would be the clear option at No. 2.
Miller might fit in better with Ball than Henderson, but the decision would raise its own issues.
During the 2022-23 college season, Miller was linked to a fatal shooting near the Alabama campus, and suspicions about that event have overshadowed the 20-year-old’s talent on-court.
Henderson averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game for G League Ignite in 2022-23. He hit 27.5% of his 3-pointer this season, but his athleticism allows him to make plays off the dribble as well.
After reclassifying from the Class of 2022 to spend two years in the G League’s developing program for top talents, he was ranked as the No. 13 overall prospect in the high school class of 2021.
During the 2022-23 season, Miller as a freshman earned All-American honors while driving Alabama to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Miller’s 6-8 frame and skill on both ends make him an apparent NBA prospect.
Miller made 38.4% of his 3-point tries on 7.5 attempts a game, was skilled in the mid-range, and was an aggressive rim protector. He also lead the Crimson Tide in rebounding and free-throw percentage.
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