Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach James Borrego said Willy Hernangomez's ceiling is "high and wide" and he's capable of averaging a double-double this year.

"It's up to him to put pressure on me and our staff to play him the minutes to go get those double-doubles," Borrego said. The coach really talked up Hernangomez on Monday, saying he had a great spirit, he "changed his body" and that he extended his range to 3-point territory. If he can win the starting job, Hernangomez could be a valuable piece in fantasy in what should be an improved offense. He's worth a late-round flier to see if he can come through.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 1:31 PM

Cody Zeller said his knee "feels a lot better."

"I'm finally in a position where I am healthy and excited to go into a season and stay healthy. That's my biggest goal for the year," Zeller added. "I missed too many games last year." He's coming off knee surgery and played just 33 games last season, but he's the favorite to start at center with Dwight Howard out of the picture. Zeller had some great chemistry with Kemba Walker a year ago in the starting five and could be a sneaky source of fantasy value if he's able to hold off Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo.
Sep 24 - 12:40 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said he is ready to adapt to his new role on the Hornets.

"[Power forward and small forward] are one-and-the-same to me," MKG said. ""The 4? I'm excited. I'm not put into a box." The Hornets are expected to make some major changes to their rotation, and it sounds like MKG is likely going to lose a handful of minutes. He doesn't offer enough upside in fantasy right now.
Sep 24 - 12:40 PM

Marvin Williams said coach James Borrego wants him to attempt a lot more 3-pointers.

After attempting 4.7 treys per game in two straight seasons, that number regressed to 3.9 last season. Williams is coming off a down year with just 9.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers, and he isn't guaranteed a starting spot with Frank Kaminsky and Miles Bridges making a case for minutes. However, he does have some bounce-back appeal in Borrego's up-tempo offense if he retains his job.
Sep 24 - 12:25 PM

Malik Monk said the team has played pickup games with the shot clock set at 12.

This is to help the adjustment period for James Borrego's up-tempo style. Monk said that the new system should help him, and he said last year was hard because he had to sit so much. Monk certainly didn't earn playing time with his NBA-worst efficiency (minimum of 50 possessions), but now he should be better as he focuses on playing shooting guard. He could bounce back as a last-round flier, especially if you're punting FG% or are in a points league.
Sep 24 - 11:31 AM

Hornets coach James Borrego said Jeremy Lamb "is much more versatile and competitive" than he thought.

"Jeremy Lamb is one of those guys that can create and be a playmaker for us," Borrego added. "He's been efficient in the mid-range and shooting more 3's." Kemba Walked also said Lamb looks "really good," and it sounds like he's the clear favorite to start at SG with Nicolas Batum penciled in as the starting SF. He's an intriguing pick at his late-round ADP.
Sep 24 - 11:25 AM

Miles Bridges "has a chance" to be in the rotation according to coach James Borrego.

Borrego added that Bridges has surprised him and that he's "much more mature and ready" than he thought. Borrego wasn't the only one who has been impressed, as Frank Kaminsky said he's been "blown away" by Bridges' athleticism. It's not clear if the Hornets view him as a SF or PF, but he's someone to keep an eye on in the preseason.
Sep 24 - 11:21 AM

Kemba Walker said he's confident he'll stay in Charlotte.

"This is where I want to be. This is the place I love," Walker said. Coach James Borrego was on the same page and said Walker has "bought in" and they trust each other. Stats wise, Walker could be in for a monster season in a new system, which is expected to involve more passing and take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist off the floor more while Kemba is out there. Interestingly, with MKG off the court, Kemba got a 6.2 TS% boost and a 4.3 AST% boost last season. He's looking like a strong target in the second round.
Sep 24 - 10:58 AM

Hornets coach James Borrego confirmed that Nicolas Batum will play mostly small forward this season.

This is Batum's natural position after logging a ton of minutes at SG last season. Injuries and a poor shooting percentage from the field have cooled Batum's fantasy value in recent years, but his all-around counting stats should be solid on a team that wants to pick up the pace this season. With Batum penciled in as the starting SF, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is in danger of losing a lot of minutes and Jeremy Lamb is still the favorite to start alongside Batum.
Sep 24 - 10:40 AM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said it wouldn't be a surprise if coach James Borrego is still fine-tuning the rotation during the regular season.

The only player locked in as a starter is Kemba Walker, so there are a lot of pieces to figure out. If Borrego learned anything from Gregg Popovich, it's that playing the matchup game could be a successful approach. If that's the case, that could affect really any position give how so many guys can play multiple positions.
Sep 21 - 3:59 PM

Hornets coach James Borrego said Miles Bridges is better than he thought.

"He fits today’s NBA: He’s versatile, he can guard multiple positions, he’s got a better shot than people give him credit for, he can put it on the (floor). So he’s much more NBA-prepared than I thought when we initially drafted him." The Hornets only have one guaranteed starter in Kemba Walker, but with Borrego saying that the Hornets are going to value winning over player development, it's safe to assume that Bridges will have to earn his minutes off the bench. He'll need a monster preseason to make a blip on the standard-league radar.
Sep 11 - 7:16 PM

Hornets coach James Borrego said he doesn't know what kind of role Malik Monk will have yet.

"I think he would admit his first [NBA season] didn’t go the way he expected. As I told him, that’s in the past and we have to go forward. His attitude has been fantastic," Borrego said. "I don’t have him slotted anywhere yet. We could go a number of directions with Malik." Borrego added that he's going to value wins over player development, so Monk isn't going to be handed anything despite being the No. 11 pick last season. He is a player to monitor closely with the starting shooting guard role up for grabs, but Jeremy Lamb likely has the edge entering camp.
Sep 11 - 7:11 PM

The Hornets starting power forward position will be an open competition at training camp, according to coach James Borrego.

Marvin Williams wasn't all that effective as a starter in Charlotte last season, and we'll likely see a further decline in his numbers during his age-32 season. Frank Kaminsky may be able to usurp Williams for the starting four-spot with an impressive camp, and this is a position battle we'll be watching closely.
Sep 11 - 3:43 PM

There are no guarantees that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start for the Hornets next season.

Head coach James Borrego stated during a recent interview that Kemba Walker is the only set starter heading into camp, and there have been rumors that MKG could see a lesser role next season due to his offensive limitations. There's a good chance Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum will start alongside Walker, but the frontcourt situation isn't quite as clear. Kidd-Gilchrist isn't someone you should target in most leagues.
Sep 11 - 3:36 PM

Dwayne Bacon will play for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team.

Team USA will play vs. Uruguay on Sept. 14 at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion and then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. Bacon appeared in 53 games (six starts) as a rookie last season and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. He started five contests for Charlotte’s entry in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 18.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 31 minutes per game.
Source: USAB.com
Sep 11 - 10:46 AM


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