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3 Prospects The Hornets Should Be Eyeing For The 2017 NBA Draft

The season is not looking any better for the Charlotte Hornets, who are now in the eleventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a season record of 26-34. Their struggles of maintaining leads late are continuing and they look like a team that will be drafting in the lottery. So with the playoff picture looking grim, here are three prospects the Hornets should look in to:

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Forward Justin Jackson, UNC

Jackson is having a stellar season as of late, eclipsing 20 points in seven of his last ten games and averaging 18.4 points per game on the season. He has become one of the primary scorers for UNC, and has fine tuned his offensive skills, becoming an efficient shooter in the post, from mid-range and behind the three point line (hitting 40 percent of his threes).

He still needs to work on his defense, as he can look lost guarding on the wing; but with his offensive skills combined with his size at 6'8", the Hornets could look to add him to bring size and play-making ability off the bench and eventually as a starter.

Center/Forward Jarrett Allen, Texas

Allen is an exciting star freshman for the Longhorns, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. He can also bang the glass and protect the rim, collecting 8.4 rebounds per and blocking 1.5 shots per game.

He is an old fashioned, efficient, pound-and-ground low post player and is really the only bright spot on an awful Texas team. The Hornets could look to grab the young stud due to his size (6'11", 235 lbs) and physical style of play. He would also be able to compliment Kemba well in the pick-and-roll game due to his athleticism and quickness rolling off a screen.

Guard Malik Monk, Kentucky

Monk is exactly what the Hornets need: a dynamic scorer that can be immediately effective as a number two option. The star freshman Wildcat is averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from the three point line. He is a scoring machine for Kentucky, and could slide right into the Hornets' starting line-up immediately.

The problem is he will be highly coveted come time for the draft, and may be a top three pick. This may require the Hornets trading up to get him. But, with his explosiveness and play-making ability with the ball in his hands, it may be worth trading up for.

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