Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets: 2018 Draft Preview

COLLEGE STATION, TX – JANUARY 08: Texas A&M Aggies forward Robert Williams (44) slams one home as the Aggie bench erupts during the SEC Men’s basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies on February 8, 2017, at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 2018 season is just over a quarter of the way through. While there’s still plenty of basketball left to be played, Charlotte should still be scouting potential picks. Let’s find out who they might be targeting.

Through 28% of their season, the Charlotte Hornets sit at a disappointing 9-14. Their 1-10 road record is especially disheartening, tying them for 12th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they sit at 9th in the upcoming draft. They’ve got plenty of options particularly for a PF or backup PG. Here are four options for Buzz City:

Robert Williams, PF/C, So. – Texas A&M

The 6’9 combo big man will likely project as more of a 5 at the NBA level due to his massive 7’4″ wingspan. Williams is an athletic ball of energy, exploding to block shots and dunk at the rim.

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In the short term, his skill set overlaps majorly with Dwight Howard, and Center is not particularly a position of need for Charlotte. But within five years, next to Cody Zeller, they could be a nice pairing of quick, defensively capable bigs.

Williams is still a little raw. His touch around the rim is nice, and his defensive instincts are present, but he still stands a little too stiff on the perimeter, and he can be out of position at times. His jumper has natural form, but the percentages don’t match, largely due to his feet not squaring with the basket.

He’d be a project, but sitting behind Dwight Howard to learn could be the best thing for him. In the long term, he could play next to Zeller, as they’re both quality passers than can deftly weave through the midrange and paint.

His DraftExpress strengths video paints him eerily similar to fellow Texas A&M player, Deandre Jordan. It’s certainly a nice comparison, and not out of the question if he reaches his full potential.

Player Talent: At 9, Williams wouldn’t be a reach, as that’s about where he’s projected to go. B+

Fit: Short-term, he would mostly be relegated to the bench. But long term, it could still work, although the front-court of Zeller, Williams, and Kidd-Gilchrist would be clogged in the midrange. C

Overall Grade: Williams would be a nice pickup if available at 9. A defense-anchoring big man is always valuable, and his rangy wingspan would help Charlotte, but it doesn’t feel like a natural, perfect fit. B-