With its second round pick, No. 40 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Florida State guard Dwayne Bacon. However, he’s expected to be traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
Bacon declared for the draft in 2016 following his freshman year, however elected to come back to FSU after testing the waters. This past season, Bacon averaged 17.2 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game.
The former FSU standout led the Seminoles in points per game both years he was on campus. He averaged 15.8 points per game his freshman year before raising that mark to 17.2 points per game this past year. Bacon had double-digit scoring performances in 65 of 69 games at FSU including 34 of 35 games his sophomore season. In two of those single-digit scoring games, Bacon ended with nine points.
The Lakeland, Fla. native came back to school to improve on his shooting, and did so in every facet, albeit slightly. His field goal percentage went up from .447% to .452%, three-point percentage rose from .28% to .33% and free throw percentages from .71% to .75%.
He is the second ’Nole to be selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, joining sixth overall pick Jonathan Isaac. It is the first time since 2010 that Florida State has had multiple players selected in the NBA Draft (Solomon Alabi and Ryan Reid).