Amidst a trying 2023-24 season for the Charlotte Hornets, rookie Brandon Miller has provided a silver lining by excelling early in his NBA career. The former University of Alabama standout should quickly become one of the most popular Hornets for North Carolina sports bettors when wagering launches March 11th.

Taken second overall last June, swingman Miller has posted 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists nightly. He’s converting an efficient 44.4% of shot attempts for the rebuilding 11-41 Hornets.

And after another strong 10-game stretch averaging over 22 points per game, Miller continues trending upward as a focal point of Charlotte’s future. For Hornets fans, he’s been a rare bright spot during an otherwise discouraging lottery-bound campaign.

How Miller Stacks Up Against Recent Number Two Overall Picks

Using historical data from StatMuse, we compared Miller’s rookie production to other second overall selections since 2012. If the promising young forward sustains his current scoring pace, he would rank third highest in points per game within that group – even outpacing 2020 Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball.

Here are the top number two picks by points per game (PPG) in their debut seasons over the last decade:

  1. Ja Morant (2019) – 17.8 PPG
  2. Jalen Green (2021) – 17.3 PPG
  3. Brandon Miller (2023) – 16.5 PPG
  4. Marvin Bagley III (2018) – 14.9 PPG
  5. D’Angelo Russell (2015) – 13.2 PPG

Miller clearly holds his own against recent high lottery picks, with production besting other notables like Ball (10.5 PPG as a rookie) and Brandon Ingram (9.4 PPG).

The only second overall selection missing from the leaderboard is 2022’s Chet Holmgren, who missed his entire would-be debut year with injury. He’s finally showcasing his skills in 2023 for the Thunder.

Betting Implications with NC Sportsbooks Launching

The statewide launch of legal North Carolina sports betting on March 11th shines an even brighter spotlight on Miller’s early success. As the centrepiece of a total Charlotte roster overhaul, Miller will become a pivotal player to track on NC sportsbook apps this spring.

various betting lines will feature the budding standout, including:

  • Points scored props
  • Rebounds and assists alternate lines
  • Field goal percentage lines
  • Rookie of the Year odds
  • Hornets season win total wagers

If Miller sustains his current trajectory, demand for his scoring and performance props could rival interest in established Hornets stars like Ball and Terry Rozier.

And with the franchise stripped down to focus on its young core, expectations for Miller as a nightly 20-point threat make him a breakout candidate for savvy bettors.

Poised for NC Stardom?

Of course, gambling responsibly on Miller or any other Rising Hornet requires reasonable expectations and appropriate bankroll management. Miller remains early into his development, and typical rookie ups-and-downs are inevitable.

But through his promising inaugural season, Brandon Miller has offered hope for a brighter Hornets future both on the court and at North Carolina sportsbooks. If the gifted number two pick reaches his ceiling, he may soon challenge franchise icon Kemba Walker as a Charlotte fan favorite.

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✅ Fact Checked on February 16, 2024 by Ken Weaver