Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Cody Zeller (quad) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

Zeller has missed 11 of the Hornets last 12 games due to the quad injury. Frank Kaminsky, who would draw another start if Zeller is unable to go on Saturday, has been the prime beneficiary. Over Charlotte's last eight games, Kaminsky is averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 treys, 1.3 steals and just 1.0 turnover.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 11:23 AM

Kemba Walker hit 11-of-19 shots, 3-of-6 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 34 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 42 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 overtime loss to the Pistons.

Walker and Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put on a fantastic show in the fourth quarter, matching each other shot for shot, while KCP's big 3-pointer sent the game to overtime. Walker only had seven points in 20 minutes of the All-Star Game last weekend, so he was ready to show something tonight.
Feb 23 - 10:14 PM

Frank Kaminsky started at center again on Thursday and scored 17 points, but added just one rebound, a steal and a block on 6-of-18 shooting.

He did hit three 3-pointers and played a nice game, but the return of Cody Zeller (quad) is likely coming sooner than later. And when it happens, Kaminsky is going to take a hit. We just don't know how big of one. Plan on holding him until further notice.
Feb 23 - 10:09 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit 5-of-9 shots for 12 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes of Thursday's tough overtime loss to the Pistons.

MKG had some big plays and buckets in the fourth quarter and racked up his 10th double-double of the season, although this was the first time he's hit double figures in scoring five games. But this was also his second straight game with 14 rebounds and owners should plan on riding while things are going so well on the glass.
Feb 23 - 10:05 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) is officially out for Thursday against the Pistons.

The Hornets will start Frank Kaminsky at center once again and he should see big minutes, assuming he avoids foul trouble. Zeller was playing really well before his injury, but the Hornets will likely take it easy on him after an aggravation earlier this month.
Feb 23 - 7:21 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) is not expected to play against the Pistons on Thursday.

His quad injury just won't go away. Frank Kaminsky should start and get heavy minutes against Andre Drummond.
Feb 23 - 6:30 PM

An MRI revealed Miles Plumlee (calf) has a second degree strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Hornets are razor thin at the five spot with Cody Zeller (quad) also doubtful, so this one really hurts. On the positive side, Frank Kaminsky has played very well at the center spot and looks to be locked in to big minutes, making him worth owning in standard leagues in the short term.
Feb 22 - 3:57 PM

Frank Kaminsky scored 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

He kept the USA in it with a late 3-point barrage, needing only 12 attempts from deep total. Kaminsky now has coach Steve Clifford's confidence as a backup five man, so he may be able to get minutes at two positions even when Cody Zeller (quad) comes back. Kaminsky has posted eighth-round value in his last 10 games, so he's a possible asset in standard leagues until he cools off.
Feb 17 - 11:21 PM

Hornets center Mike Tobey made his NBA debut on Wednesday with two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.

Head coach Steve Clifford said he was comfortable deploying Tobey because he was with the team during training camp, and he was needed tonight with both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) out of commission. He's not a fantasy option.
Feb 15 - 11:22 PM

Frank Kaminsky picked up 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, hitting three 3-pointers with five boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) were both out tonight, so Kaminsky was basically playing unchallenged minutes in the middle. Zeller and Plumlee should both return to action after getting extended rest during the break, however, so it's hard to love Frank the Tank's rest-of-season outlook.
Feb 15 - 11:21 PM

Kemba Walker finished the Hornets' road loss on Wednesday with 24 points, six 3-pointers, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Walker broke out of a prolonged slump on Monday with 29 efficient points, and he went 8-of-15 from the field tonight. Coach Steve Clifford attributed part of his recent struggles to the absence of Cody Zeller's screen-setting abilities. "Cody is an important part of Kemba’s game," Clifford said. "It’s tough for us to win when [Walker] doesn’t play well." Charlotte just has to hope that their star PG uses the All-Star break to rest and recharge, despite his involvement in Sunday's marquee game.
Feb 15 - 11:20 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that with both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) on the sidelines, Mike Tobey will make his Charlotte debut Wednesday vs. Toronto.

He'll be backing up Frank Kaminsky at the five-spot, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in any league.
Feb 15 - 6:14 PM

Miles Plumlee (strained right calf) will not play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

Plumlee injured the calf during Monday's loss to the Sixers and was unable to return to the game. With both Plumlee and Cody Zeller (quad) sidelined, Frank Kaminsky will play all the minutes he can handle on Wednesday. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams will also soak up a few additional minutes.
Feb 14 - 12:43 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) will not play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

The Hornets have to hope that a week off for the All-Star break will give Zeller the time he needs to heal. With Plumlee also missing Wednesday's game, Frank Kaminsky will be the only active center on the roster. Kaminsky could see north of 40 minutes if he can stay out of foul trouble, which makes his a very strong streaming option and DFS play for Wednesday.
Feb 14 - 12:41 PM

Marvin Williams was held to four points on 1-of-7 shooting vs. the 76ers on Monday.

Yikes. Williams logged 33 minutes and missed all five attempts from beyond the arc, adding two assists with one steal and zero rebounds. The 76ers are actually a top-5 team in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing power forwards, but expect a much better effort on Wednesday vs. the Raptors. He's a hold in standard leagues with averages of 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.4 3-pointers in his previous five games.
Feb 13 - 9:53 PM


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