Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Al Jefferson scored 17 points in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Wednesday during a 95-86 loss, adding 16 boards, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes.

DeMarcus Cousins is the only starting center with a higher usage rate than Al Jefferson, but Big Al might give DMC a run for his money there while Kemba Walker (knee) is out. Although, the injuries are piling up for Jefferson, so he'll be a volatile property. He's a must-start player while active, obviously.
Jan 29 - 1:39 AM

Cody Zeller played 37 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday with nine points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer and one block.

He set career highs in assists and treys tonight. Zeller's involvement in the offense seems to be trending up with Kemba Walker (knee) out for six weeks and Marvin Williams (head) out for some time, as well. Zeller is worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 29 - 1:37 AM

Brian Roberts wasn't efficient against the Spurs on Wednesday, making 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

Besides the shooting issues, this was a very encouraging line. He didn't turn the ball over and getting 11 shots is a plus, too. Roberts should have better days ahead and he's a decent bet to be a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard while Kemba Walker (knee) is out.
Jan 29 - 1:29 AM

Lance Stephenson failed to score on his five attempts from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

Born Ready needs a resurrection. He's made just 34.5 percent from the field since his return to the lineup, averaging just 7.0 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 boards, 2.6 turnovers and 0.0 treys. What's more, Stephenson is made just 15.2 percent from beyond three feet in that span. There is upside, but it's too hard to start him right now.
Jan 29 - 1:25 AM

Kemba Walker had successful surgery on his knee Wednesday and he is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks.

There's a chance he could be out even longer than that, and his owners may be forced to evaluate other options with fantasy playoffs looming. Brian Roberts will take over as the starting point guard in Charlotte and should be picked up in most leagues, while Gary Neal and Lance Stephenson should handle the ball more as well.

Jannero Pargo (back) will not be active against the Spurs on Wednesday as expected.

With Kemba Walker (knee) looking at some serious time on the sidelines, it will be up to Brian Roberts and Gary Neal to run the point for Charlotte. While Pargo is expected to be re-evaluated next week, he can be ignored in almost all leagues.
Jan 28 - 11:48 AM

Marvin Williams (concussion/ broken nose) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

It's still unknown if he has passed the NBA's concussion protocol, but we still don't think Williams ends up playing in this one. If he does end up missing any time, Coach Steve Clifford hinted that rookie Noah Vonleh would get some run, but only owners in deeper leagues should concern themselves over this situation.
Jan 28 - 11:43 AM

With injuries to Bismack Biyombo (knee) and Marvin Williams (concussion), Noah Vonleh could step into the rotation according to coach Steve Clifford.

"I think he’s getting there. Today was one of his best days," Clifford said of Vonleh after practice Tuesday. "It’s a big jump but I think he’s a great worker and a very serious player. He’s getting closer." While it will be exciting to see what the rookie can do, owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach here, as Vonleh is still very raw and it will take him some time to adjust to the NBA.
Jan 28 - 9:47 AM

Al Jefferson will join the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

The Hornets have been bringing Big Al off the bench in order to ease him into action since returning from a groin injury, but Bismack Biyombo's knee injury changed their stance. With an increase in minutes, Jefferson should be considered a must-start option in all formats from here on out.
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM

The Charlotte Hornets will not trade for a third point guard as of right now, as they want to see how Gary Neal and Jannero Pargo (back) perform before making a move.

The Hornets were linked with Ramon Sessions and Norris Cole earlier in the week, but now it appears that they will play the waiting game. Pargo is still nursing a back injury and is expected to be evaluated next week, meaning Gary Neal should see plenty of action behind Brian Roberts for the foreseeable future. Neal ins't a true point guard by any means, but with an uptick in minutes he could emerge in deeper leagues for owners in need of 3-pointers.
Jan 28 - 9:34 AM

Jannero Pargo (back) went through some of practice on Monday.

He is still not ready for game action, so he won't back up Brian Roberts right away. What's more, the Hornets will probably acquire a backup point guard before Pargo is ready to roll.
Jan 26 - 6:37 PM

Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for 6-8 weeks with Kemba Walker (knee) out of the lineup.

Roberts was starting to come around in his last couple starts and he should be owned in all standard leagues. He should be looking at averages near 34 minutes, 12 points, four assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 treys on sub-par field goal shooting. Gary Neal will also play more point guard.
Jan 26 - 5:48 PM

Kemba Walker will have surgery on a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee and is out indefinitely.

The team has not provided a specific timetable, but usually surgery on a torn lateral meniscus requires 6-8 weeks on the sidelines. That means we might no see Walker on the court until the middle of March and perhaps later. Fantasy owners are going to have to weigh their options on stashing Walker for that long. Brian Roberts should be picked up just about everywhere while Lance Stephenson and Gary Neal pick up some extra value, too.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 26 - 5:43 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) is leaning towards undergoing surgery on his left knee due to meniscus damage.

He had a meniscus injury back in high school and it's been a problem for him in the past couple weeks. The surgery would cost him six weeks of playing time, which means he would be looking at a return in mid-March. If he does opt to have the surgery, Brian Roberts would get the start and should be owned in all standard leagues. Lance Stephenson should run the offense more and have a higher ceiling in fantasy leagues.
Jan 26 - 3:32 PM

Jannero Pargo (back) could return later this week.

Pargo has been dealing with a back injury for the better part of a month, but most people probably had no idea since he's not relevant to fantasy owners. Even with Kemba Walker (knee) dealing with an injury, it's likely to stay that way.
Jan 26 - 12:23 PM


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