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Charlotte Hornets 2014 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Additions: Noah Vonleh (9)

P.J. Hairston (26)

Dwight Powell (45)

Semaj Christon (55)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Jordan had a good draft night.

It was probably his best since his own selection back in 1984.

After several massive duds under his watch (Kwame Brown/Adam Morrison), Jordan received some great fortune on Thursday. Indiana's Vonleh slid all the way to ninth and he's a perfect fit for Charlotte. The Hornets need scoring, preferably from a stretch four and that's Vonleh. He should be a great fit for the Hornets, helping Al Jefferson on the boards and by stretching the floor.

Hairston was a steal at No. 26, coming over in a trade with the Miami Heat. He had some issues at North Carolina, but his stint in the D-League appeared to do wonders for his maturity. Again, the Hornets need scoring and Hairston was one of the draft's best shooters.

Powell is an interesting potential big-man backup. He has a pretty sound all- around game, but his numbers dipped from junior year to senior year.

Christon is a big point guard and a good athlete. He'll need to work on his jump shot and his skills as a facilitator, but at No. 55, he provides real value.

For a team already on the rise, and already a playoff team, Charlotte improved. You can't ask for more than that.

Grade: A

06/27 14:28:02 ET

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