The Charlotte Hornets took Brandon Miller with the second pick of the 2023 NBA draft Thursday night, choosing the Alabama forward over G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson and ending up with the player the franchise had been leaning toward throughout the process.
“Obviously, there were two players that were heavily considered at that position. Brandon was the favorite all along,” Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said after their selection. “It wasn’t the easiest decision, but Brandon was our favorite all along. A lot of spirited discussion the last three or four days, which I welcome, and it’s good for the basketball department to discuss pros and cons.”
Miller and Henderson were brought back to Charlotte for a second round of workouts and interviews earlier this week, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, before the franchise ultimately settled on Miller, the 6-foot-9 forward who won the SEC’s Freshman and Player of the Year awards. Kupchak said there was “100 percent consensus” on the choice.
“I know we are going to go in and have as much fun as we can in Charlotte,” Miller said.
Credit: Tim Bontemps, ESPN
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