Charlotte Hornets: Best and worst moves from 2023 NBA offseason

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The best moves the Charlotte Hornets made this offseason

The Charlotte Hornets didn’t make many moves this offseason but a few of them could end up having huge implications on the team’s future. And some of them could end up working out great in the long run.

Drafting Nick Smith Jr. late in the first round 

With the 27th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, the Hornets took a flier on Nick Smith Jr. He had a disappointing freshman season at Arkansas but was a top-5 level talent heading into the draft. The Hornets taking a gamble on Smith could end up being one of the more underrated moves of the first round looking back at this past year’s NBA Draft.

You can make the argument that it made the decision to pass on Scoot Henderson (to take Brandon Miller) a bit more digestible.

Selling the franchise 

Michael Jordan elected to sell majority ownership of the Hornets to a new group. With how much the team struggled under his tutelage, I believe this could end up being a good move for the franchise in the long run. And this had nothing to do with Jordan. This was more about changing things up a bit.