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Charlotte Hornets’ selection of Frank Kaminsky gets mixed reviews

Frank Kaminsky speaks at Time Warner Cable Arena, Friday, June 26, 2015. Kaminsky was selected by the Hornets with the ninth pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
Frank Kaminsky speaks at Time Warner Cable Arena, Friday, June 26, 2015. Kaminsky was selected by the Hornets with the ninth pick in Thursday's NBA draft. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

With the NBA draft done with, here’s a look at how some media outlets thought the Charlotte Hornets fared Thursday night after selecting Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick:

C CBSSPORTS.COM: Frank Kaminsky gives them a guy who can stretch the floor at either the (power forward) or (center), potentially even with Al Jefferson on the floor. He’d also allow them to do some really fun, wide open lines with the frontcourt looking like Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kaminsky. But with Cody Zeller already in tow, this seems kind of redundant even though they do somewhat different things. I probably would have just taken (Duke’s) Justise Winslow since he was the best player on the board. Grade: C


ESPN.COM: Michael Jordan’s team continued its aggressive offseason makeover by adding Kaminsky. It was a risky move, considering the Hornets ranked at or near the bottom of the league last season in scoring and 3-point shooting. They passed on swingmen Justise Winslow and Devin Booker, but the Hornets were bold. They’ve also added Spencer Hawes, Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb in recent trades. Grade: Thumbs Up


B SI.COM: Kaminsky is a versatile offensive player with the best inside-outside game in the draft. An ideal stretch big at (power forward) or (center), he shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range during his senior season. His shot allows him to pump-fake and drive by opponents, and he has adequate foot speed and ball-handling needed to get to the rim. ... Kaminsky lacks ideal strength and athleticism. He’s not going to run with elite athletes in the NBA, and he isn’t a game-changer on defense. Grade: B

D+ USA TODAY: Seriously, MJ? Even if Frank Kaminsky (No. 9) pans out to reach his full NBA potential as a soft-shooting big man who poses matchup nightmares, this was a little too high for the national player of the year in the NCAA. Grade: D+


B YAHOO! SPORTS.COM: (Frank Kaminsky) ascended from unheralded recruit to national player of the year by transforming himself into college basketball’s biggest matchup problem. If he faced a traditional center, he’d float to the perimeter and rain down jumpers. If he faced a smaller, quicker player, he’d back him down and score in the paint. Kaminsky may not be an elite defender or rebounder in the NBA, but he should remain a multidimensional scoring threat. Grade: B

Harry Pickett

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