Frank Kaminsky is a big man with a big personality and Charlotte got him with the #9 pick in tonight's NBA Draft. As a senior leader, Frank led his Badgers to the final game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the Duke Blue Devils. Kaminsky spent four years in Madison playing for Bo Ryan and managed to win multiple player of the year awards this past season.
In Kaminsky, the Hornets get a polished player with a diverse skill set and a wealth of experience. Wisconsin's big man has shown what he can do in college over the last few years and unlike some picks based on potential, we've all already witnessed greatness from #44. Frank has the ability to stretch the defense with his range, while still being able to post up and play with his back to the basket on offense. While Kaminsky is not likely to win any DPOY awards, he does have experience guarding other guys with NBA size and talent, such as Jahlil Okafor, A.J. Hammons, Adreian Payne and Cody Zeller.
The former Badger will likely see some time at both the 4 and the 5 spot in the NBA. A 7-footer with a high basketball IQ like Kaminsky will be tough to defend at the 4, but he will have to use all of his skills and athleticism to keep up with smaller power forwards on defense. His three-point shooting, 41.6% his senior year, will force bigger centers to step out of the post and defend the perimeter. Kaminsky will bring a solid rebounding presence to Charlotte and averaged 8.2 boards last season. Overall, the Charlotte Hornets are getting a proven winner and a smart, talent player with the type of personality that is sure to make him a fan favorite.