The NBA Draft is just days away and things are heating up, especially between Brandon Miller and Scoot Henderson, who are vying for the number two spot.
The Hornets have the number two draft pick and are at odds about who they should bet their future on.
“The Charlotte Hornets are expecting to conduct a second-round of workouts and interviews with Alabama’s Brandon Miller and G League Ignite’s Scoot Henderson on Monday — with an audience that will include outgoing owner Michael Jordan…” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony said.
“Miller remains the front-runner to go No. 2, but Henderson had a strong workout and meeting with Hornets officials last week, sources told ESPN.”
Even though MJ just sold his stake in the Hornets franchise for a whopping $3 billion, he will remain a minority stake and presence.
Both players are keen to be drafted in Charlotte as they hail from the South and are excited about the future direction of the franchise with a new ownership group.
Miller as the favorite is likely due to him being more suited to jell alongside LaMelo Ball, with his 38.4 percent shooting from three.
Many in the NBA world have compared the sharpshooting wing to Paul George, which Miller agrees is fitting.
“I think I compare myself to Paul George a lot due to the fact he takes pride in the defensive side,” Miller told Hoops Hype in late May. “I steal some of his moves and put my own twist to it.”
As for Scoot, the G League graduate is keen to make his mark on the league and is being mentored by the best three-point shooter of all time, Steph Curry.
The G League guard has drawn comparisons to Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook but when asked about this earlier in the year Scoot said, “No, I want to have my own career…I want to go down my own path.”
If Miller is picked over Henderson, Portland have the third pick so Scoot will likely be drafted there.
But it remains to be seen whether he will become trade bait to build a win-now team around Damian Lillard, or if the Blazers are prepared to see Dame walk.