7. Charlotte Hornets draft Matas Buzelis
Buzelis was in contention for number one overall and was the favorite to go second coming into the season, but the 6’10 forward only played in the two games against Perth. He has been out with an ankle injury, and the small sample has dinged his stock.
Scouts are intrigued by his size, shooting, and secondary playmaking ability. Could he become a versatile stretch four that knocks down shots and defends multiple positions? That is his ideal role but the 19-year-old needs time to develop. The shooting is there, but the defense and playmaking are still question marks.
Scouts need to see more on both ends of the floor if Buzelis wants to be a top-five pick. The G League Ignite have struggled mightily without him. The 6’10 forward could make a massive impact and vault up draft boards if he stands out after returning from injury.
The Charlotte Hornets will be searching for upside to put around LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller. Matas Buzelis was viewed as a top-two pick and has immense potential. Charlotte would be ecstatic if he fell to them at seven, especially if the teenager proves to be an elite shooter. Buzelis is a player to watch closely when he returns.