2024 NBA Mock Draft: Spurs prioritize two-way talents, Magic land surprise steal

Predicting how the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft will unfold with less than a week to go.
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Dalton Knecht
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Pick No. 6: Charlotte Hornets select Dalton Knecht

The Charlotte Hornets could select either Stephon Castle or Matas Buzelis. But, with both off the table in this particular draft, they wind up going with a more sure-fire prospect in Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht. In a draft filled with prospects that have low floors and questionable shooting, Knecht is a safer pick than practically anyone in the draft.

At the very least, Knecht will be a solid role player as an efficient floor spacer who can score off-ball. This year with the Volunteers, Knecht averaged 21.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 46/40/77 shooting splits. He was arguably the best player in the NCAA outside of Zach Edey and even scored 37 points when he faced off against Edey and Purdue in the Elite Eight round.

The fifth-year senior is 23, which could deter some teams from drafting him. However, he still possesses more untapped upside than typical prospects who enter the draft at this age. Knecht has room to grow his game as a playmaker. His ceiling is someone who can initiate offense and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

The Hornets at No. 6 would be a great pairing with Knecht, as they would solidify their future backcourt between Knecht, LaMelo Ball, and Brandon Miller. All of them are great shooters with solid positional size. This would be an intriguing trio for Charlotte, particularly on the offensive end.