The Charlotte Hornets are being lauded as making the steal of the draft.
Malik Monk, the combo guard from Kentucky, was predicted by some to be a top-five prospect and someone the Magic might target. So when he fell through the top 10, the Hornets did not waste time in taking advantage of the gift.
Monk is a talented scorer, evidenced by his topping 30 points four times last season, and perhaps the best shooter from the NBA Draft. Not only were the Hornets able to take the most talented player available, but they fit a genuine need. It is pretty rare to be able to hit both marks.
The Hornets have also been busy in the market, acquiring Dwight Howard for essentially nothing. There is a large discussion about what Howard can bring to a NBA team nowadays, but his defense alone will be a strong addition to the Hornets. Monk should help improve their shoddy bench play.
Have the Magic passed them? No, definitely not. The Hornets (so far) have had a good off-season, and are on the up.