Michael Jordan’s tenure as a majority owner seems to be marked by a run of bad luck. The legendary Chicago Bulls player, as some NBA fans may already be aware, was able to achieve enough success on the field and through sponsorships to be able to purchase the Charlotte Hornets.
He was undoubtedly searching for some transformation and franchise-inspiring talent because his team hasn’t been in the playoff picture much during his time as owner. After the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, things did not really go in his favor, though. Find out how MJ has suffered by taking a closer look.
Michael Jordan missed securing Victor Wembanyama during the 2023 NBA Draft lottery
The Hornets’ season has not been good at all. They not only concluded the season with a dismal record of 27 wins and 55 defeats, but they also lost their key player LaMelo Ball for the bulk of the year. Together with the Pistons, Spurs, and Rockets, they would rank among the bottom four NBA teams.
The NBA draft lottery is today!
The Detroit Pistons have the best odds in the east to land the #1 pick with a 14% chance.
The Charlotte Hornets are in second with a 12.5% chance. pic.twitter.com/oy2AvIoldC
EastMuse (@EastMuse) May 16, 2023
Their best chance of getting the first choice in the 2023 NBA Draft would be the lone bright spot. For the Hornets, assuming they were able to win the NBA Draft lottery, this would be the perfect scenario. After all, combining rising stars like LaMelo Ball and Victor Wembanyama would unquestionably elevate the Hornets to a competitive level.
But MJ’s luck hasn’t been on his side. The San Antonio Spurs won the first pick, which the Charlotte Hornets ultimately received with the second pick. The Spurs would then have the first pick in the draft and would almost certainly select Wemby. The Hornets, on the other hand, will now try to land Scoot Henderson or some of the other top picks in the draft class.
Time to bring back the Crying Jordan meme after the Charlotte Hornets are missing out on Victor Wembanyama? pic.twitter.com/9FRvyXrXKx
Playbook Sports (@PlaybookSN) May 17, 2023
Analysts contend that Victor Wembanyama’s mere presence would boost a franchise’s financial earnings because he has been heralded as a generational talent. He would reportedly increase a team’s net worth by $497 million, according to the claims.
Victor Wembanyama will be a Spur
And Michael Jordan still has the Hornets listed for sale.
Nicolas Kwon (@NicolasKwon_TOR) May 17, 2023
We might infer from this that Jordan wasted a wonderful opportunity to completely transform his club. I’m hoping Scoot Henderson can continue to grow and lead the team back into relevancy.