Im going to look over some Painful moves that have us where we are then show the results if they were different.
Im starting off in 2012
Yes we missed on the Chance of AD losing the lottery. But when #2 roles around we drafted a athletic raw prospect with a god awful shot/technique.
Alternate move: Bradley Beal- Beal was a scoring Machine coming out of Florida. And teaming him with Kemba wouldve made a helluva backcourt
Moving onto 2014
2 mistakes were made. First the Noah Vonley. Vonley already on his 5th NBA team and spent time in the G-League just never panned out
Alternate pick: Zach Lavine- Lavine, the eventual Dunk contest winner becomes a good future bargain trade chip
The possible bigger mistake. As a part of the trade for Tyrus Thomas, they gave up what became the 16th pick.
Alternate Pick: with that 16th pick the get the guu who ended up going 16th. Jusuf Nurkic- Nurkic has had a solid career and been big in Portland
2015: when you think things couldn't get any worse.
The Boston Celtics at the time offered FOUR First round picks for the right of Frank Kaminsky. Instead of receiving the 15th and 16th pick in 2015, a future unprotected 1st from the nets, and another future 1st. We decided to hold onto Frank who just never got going
Alternate: we make that trade and run before they change their minds. With the 15th and 16th pick (Terry Rozier went with that 16th pick). We package those 2 picks together and move up 2 spots to 13 for............Devin Booker- Booker becomes the eventual backup while Lavine gets traded with his stock high.
2016: they dont get that unprotected 1st from the Nets as the Celtics hold it as its top 3.
2017: while it appears they are set at SG. I will go with the Celtics style of drafting bpa and have drafted heavily on guards and wings. Hornets drafted Monk who hasnt panned out.
Alternate pick: Donvan Mitchell
2018: by this point we arent drafting Bridges.
Alternate: BUT lets not forget about that unprotected Nets pick acquired from Kaminsky. That pick eventually ended up being the #8 pick. With That pick. They get a kid they Really liked coming out of the draft. Kevin Knox.
Outside of that one Zion Highlight ripping the ball from him. Knox has been o e of the top players in Summer league including blocking Zion twice and knocking down a 3 right over the top of him.
So to recap. A few things went different ways. Ways that some people at the time thought could happen.
That Hornets roster most likely looking like.
One of Bradley Beal or Devin Booker (other traded away for a good haul). Mitchell backing up the SG
(Lavine traded away, was traded year 3 in Minnesota along with draft pick for all-star Jimmy Butler and a later pick)
Kevin Knox at SF
Nurkic and Zeller at Center
At that point im Certain Kemba would want to resign, and MJ would buyout Batum to fit Kemba's contract.