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Charlotte Hornets select PJ Hairston with the #26 pick


After selecting Shabazz Napier at 24, the Charlotte Hornets trade him away for the Miami Heat's #26 pick and two second rounders.

they use that #26 pick to select elite shooter PJ Hairston.

What are your thoughts on this pick?


  • 93 Comments

     I'm only a little older the P.J., and I've been to (and at the center of) a ton of those kinds of parties, so I'm totally okay with it, as long as he knows his limits. 

     

    With all due respect, I'm guessing Hairston's party and your parties are going to be on different levels. 

     

     

     

    If I know anything about party promoters, they jump at any chance to throw a celebrity onto their advertisements to get people in the door.  I'm pretty sure PJ had nothing to do with it, he was probably just invited to go to a party in his hometown to honor him, which I think pretty much 99% of top draftees have, and the promoters printed out their cards.  I could understand people's concerns over his other actions, but this would not raise a single concern for me at all.

     

    Probably true. Though, he did post "be there or be lame" when he tweeted the link earlier. 

     

    Again, it doesn't really draw any concerns for me, and I agree that he's basically excited that he's back on track with his basketball career. It's just not what I'd want to see when he and his family have already talked about concern of him remaining in connection with some of the folks from his past.

     

    If it were me, I'd have some discreet celebrations and then try to be (and appear to be) very focused on my new career. 

     

    No big deal. 

        On 610 radio interview  PJ said J Harden  is who he most wants to mold his game into. He said he's even starting to grow the beard

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    InProblematique
    Jun 27 2014 02:54 PM

    With all due respect, I'm guessing Hairston's party and your parties are going to be on different levels. 

     

     

     

    Probably true. Though, he did post "be there or be lame" when he tweeted the link earlier. 

     

    Again, it doesn't really draw any concerns for me, and I agree that he's basically excited that he's back on track with his basketball career. It's just not what I'd want to see when he and his family have already talked about concern of him remaining in connection with some of the folks from his past.

     

    If it were me, I'd have some discreet celebrations and then try to be (and appear to be) very focused on my new career. 

     

    No big deal. 

    In terms of promotional parties, I've been to some blowouts that I don't think could have gotten any bigger. I'm not saying I was at the center of those BIG ones, but I've definitely been to them. And like QC said, promoters probably jumped on that right off the bat.

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    Demon DeaCat
    Jun 27 2014 07:15 PM

    I find it really hard not to be ecstatic about this pick.  Stauskas, McDermott and Hairston were by far the best shooters in this draft.  We desperately needed to come away with at least one of the three, and we accomplished that, while at the same time unexpectedly landing a promising young big, and after some maneuvering, managed to clear a little cap space in the process. 

     

    I agree that the character issue has been a bit overblown.  It's not like he robbed a bank.  He's a great shooter and prolific scorer who addresses an area of need and who, based strictly on talent, should never have been available to us with the 24th/26th pick.  Absolutely love both of our picks.  Thank you Gerald Wallace and Ben Gordon!

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    MedellinHeel
    Jun 27 2014 07:22 PM

    People need to stop with the Harden comps. PJ isnt near the ball handler as Harden. Not many are. 

     

    Harden is arguably the best SG in the game. 

     

    With that said, PJ is gonna be gooooooood. 

     

    God cant wait for summer league. 

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    InProblematique
    Jun 27 2014 07:25 PM

    People need to stop with the Harden comps. PJ isnt near the ball handler as Harden. Not many are. 

     

    Harden is arguably the best SG in the game. 

     

    With that said, PJ is gonna be gooooooood. 

     

    God cant wait for summer league. 

    Not gonna stop with a comparison when we haven't seen him play as a Hornet. I see a game modeled after James Harden, with better defense. So I'm going to keep making that comparison.

    Lord don't compare him to Har en. Sends chills up my spine that we drafted someone that bad defensively.
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    InProblematique
    Jun 27 2014 07:41 PM

    Lord don't compare him to Har en. Sends chills up my spine that we drafted someone that bad defensively.

    That's why I said with better D. lol.

     

    Even P.J. is comparing his game to Harden. Are we gonna tell him to stop working to be that good because Harden is as good as he is? 

     

    Didn't think so.

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Jun 28 2014 04:34 PM
    I love the pick, I really do but I find it funny that Now we draft PJ we all take the "glass half full" view on his past, gotta love some fan goggles.
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    QC Thundercats
    Jun 29 2014 12:40 AM

    I love the pick, I really do but I find it funny that Now we draft PJ we all take the "glass half full" view on his past, gotta love some fan goggles.

    Yeah, but the world always looks better through teal lenses.

     

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    This guy gets it:

     

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    Polar Hornet
    Jun 29 2014 06:11 AM

    As a State guy, I love to kick a UNC guy/fan/mascot/player while they are down, but I never grasped the PJ Hairston case as much as others.  I laughed when it happened, and think what he did was wrong, but when I was in school at that age, I'm pretty confident I've done equally as stupid things.  In the grand scheme of the NCAA rules violations and life overall (arrested, domestic violence, etc.) I think PJ's stupidity isn't as bad as some are making it.  Strip away the rental car and gun charges, and you have a kid with weed in a car.  Who wasn't smoking ganja at that age?  Once you strip away the immature indiscretions, you have a kid that balled out while at one of the premier schools in all of college b-ball. 

     

    His entourage and circles that he runs with gives me a little anxiety, but I think the d-league and coming into MJ's house will shake PJ up enough to realize what is sitting in front of him.  

    As a State guy, I love to kick a UNC guy/fan/mascot/player while they are down, but I never grasped the PJ Hairston case as much as others.  I laughed when it happened, and think what he did was wrong, but when I was in school at that age, I'm pretty confident I've done equally as stupid things.  In the grand scheme of the NCAA rules violations and life overall (arrested, domestic violence, etc.) I think PJ's stupidity isn't as bad as some are making it.  Strip away the rental car and gun charges, and you have a kid with weed in a car.  Who wasn't smoking ganja at that age?  Once you strip away the immature indiscretions, you have a kid that balled out while at one of the premier schools in all of college b-ball. 

     

    His entourage and circles that he runs with gives me a little anxiety, but I think the d-league and coming into MJ's house will shake PJ up enough to realize what is sitting in front of him.  

     

    eh. it is a little stinkier than that. they were basically in a rental car (tied to atlanta) with a (unregistered to them) gun and weed. on probably the worst street in the worst section of durham. when the report came out, anyone who knows durham was instantly thinking "what the eff was PJ Hariston doing on Holloway St at 2 am?"

     

    it sure looked drug mulish or at the very least like he was hanging with people who were doing dirt.

     

    hopefully, it was a "ride on the wild side" thing for him and he learned a life lesson. if he did, i don't think you will have to worry about him ever again. if he didn't, then you definitely be reading about him and his friends again.

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    InProblematique
    Jun 29 2014 11:54 AM

    eh. it is a little stinkier than that. they were basically in a rental car (tied to atlanta) with a (unregistered to them) gun and weed. on probably the worst street in the worst section of durham. when the report came out, anyone who knows durham was instantly thinking "what the eff was PJ Hariston doing on Holloway St at 2 am?"

     

    it sure looked drug mulish or at the very least like he was hanging with people who were doing dirt.

     

    hopefully, it was a "ride on the wild side" thing for him and he learned a life lesson. if he did, i don't think you will have to worry about him ever again. if he didn't, then you definitely be reading about him and his friends again.

    I'm pretty sure the gun wasn't found in the car or on PJ, but near where they were. I know they could have just thrown the gun out when they were pulled (though, an argument could be made that a cop would see a gun being propelled from the car), but at any rate, innocent until proven guilty. P.J. was never brought up on any gun charges, nor should he have been.

     

    If it were "drug mulish" they would've found a lot more than a little bit of weed in his car. lol. The hanging out with bad people part? Yeah, probably. He admitted that. And he made a point to talk about how he's made his group of friends a lot smaller than it was.

     

    I'm being optimistic about him, and like Polar said, Everyone goes through "that phase" in college. I wound up on some dingy ass streets in Columbia when I was at USC. Just based off of how things have gone for him since being dismissed from UNC—going to Texas, getting away from the people that were bad influences, not getting into a shred of trouble while he was there, and continuing to take online classes at UNC so he can eventually get a degree—makes me think he's back to being a good boy.

    I'm pretty sure the gun wasn't found in the car or on PJ, but near where they were. I know they could have just thrown the gun out when they were pulled (though, an argument could be made that a cop would see a gun being propelled from the car), but at any rate, innocent until proven guilty. P.J. was never brought up on any gun charges, nor should he have been.

     

    If it were "drug mulish" they would've found a lot more than a little bit of weed in his car. lol. The hanging out with bad people part? Yeah, probably. He admitted that. And he made a point to talk about how he's made his group of friends a lot smaller than it was.

     

    I'm being optimistic about him, and like Polar said, Everyone goes through "that phase" in college. I wound up on some dingy ass streets in Columbia when I was at USC. Just based off of how things have gone for him since being dismissed from UNC—going to Texas, getting away from the people that were bad influences, not getting into a shred of trouble while he was there, and continuing to take online classes at UNC so he can eventually get a degree—makes me think he's back to being a good boy.

     

    they saw the car stop before the check point and saw the gun thrown out of the car. sure, it may not (probably not) have been PJ's but he was ridin dirty.

     

    i am also being optimistic but also realistic. this was all over the durham news and i talked to more than one drug cop about it. he probably was just hanging out but it is still a very "not innocent" situation.

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    InProblematique
    Jun 29 2014 01:36 PM

    they saw the car stop before the check point and saw the gun thrown out of the car. sure, it may not (probably not) have been PJ's but he was ridin dirty.

     

    i am also being optimistic but also realistic. this was all over the durham news and i talked to more than one drug cop about it. he probably was just hanging out but it is still a very "not innocent" situation.

    Ah, okay. Well yeah, pretty stupid. I'm just glad he stayed out of trouble in Texas and looks like he's taken the whole "second chance" thing pretty seriously. He's heading into the perfect locker room for it too. He's gonna be on a short leash between the teammates, coaches, and management. 

     

    Gonna stay optimistic until he gives me a reason that he's still screwing up.

     

    All that said, I mentioned in another post that, in an ideal world, I'd rather P.J. smoke some pot than get drunk, but that goes more into the issue of marijuana legalization, and this really isn't a place for that obviously.

    Ah, okay. Well yeah, pretty stupid. I'm just glad he stayed out of trouble in Texas and looks like he's taken the whole "second chance" thing pretty seriously. He's heading into the perfect locker room for it too. He's gonna be on a short leash between the teammates, coaches, and management. 

     

    Gonna stay optimistic until he gives me a reason that he's still screwing up.

     

    All that said, I mentioned in another post that, in an ideal world, I'd rather P.J. smoke some pot than get drunk, but that goes more into the issue of marijuana legalization, and this really isn't a place for that obviously.

     

    exactly. hope he had all he could handle of his taste of the wild side. that is what it really seems like to me. if it is, it was lucky he got caught doing relatively nothing before he could get into a ton of trouble. i am not worried about it at all. especially him being a late first rounder.

     

    as always, with all of these kids, i sure do hope he gets it now.

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    Mike Kidd-Trilchrist
    Jun 29 2014 10:34 PM

    I think he will turn things around off of the court and we all know what he is capable of between the lines.

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    @JPlowright_NBA
    Jun 30 2014 06:06 PM
    http://www.basketbal...2014-nba-draft/

    In Steve Kyler's draft grades he talks about Hairston having a shoulder injury which made him slip on draft night. This is the first I have heard about this and I can't find anything else...
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    MedellinHeel
    Jun 30 2014 06:08 PM

    um what shoulder injury? how the fug could that make him slip assuming it is something that can be fixed or heal?

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    Mike Kidd-Trilchrist
    Jun 30 2014 10:31 PM

    Maybe that is why he smokes the good stuff.

    Never heard of a shoulder injury with PJ.

     

    Looks like nearly everyone that received a draft grade got an A ....or at least half of them.

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    InProblematique
    Jul 01 2014 01:49 PM

    Never heard of a shoulder injury with PJ.

     

    Looks like nearly everyone that received a draft grade got an A ....or at least half of them.

    Considering how deep this draft was, it's not really surprising. The only teams that didn't get better were teams like Philly who basically began tanking for next season, and large market teams doing eurostashes and stuff. Also, Toronto for drafting Bruno Whatshisname before all of the players drafted after him. And I mean every player. Second round included.

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    Mike Kidd-Trilchrist
    Jul 01 2014 10:31 PM

    Considering how deep this draft was, it's not really surprising. The only teams that didn't get better were teams like Philly who basically began tanking for next season, and large market teams doing eurostashes and stuff. Also, Toronto for drafting Bruno Whatshisname before all of the players drafted after him. And I mean every player. Second round included.

     

    Hopefully PeeJay will be our Manu.

     

    Edit: I guess Tony Parker would be a better comparison based on the position they were drafted.

    This was worth a look...

     

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    InProblematique
    Jul 04 2014 02:14 PM

    This was worth a look...

     

    Those rankings are kind of whack, honestly. Noel above Wiggins? Come on. Aaron Gordon shouldn't be in the top 10 at all. Just about the only pick they got right in terms of immediate impact will probably be Jabari. Otherwise, that list is pretty stupid. At this point, the draft is done, the assessments have been made, I don't really see the point in ranking rookies before they hit the competitive NBA court, especially with free agency in full swing, putting players up a spot in the depth chart, or down in the depth chart.

     

    Don't really agree with any of the rankings.