Player News - Hornets

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Nicolas Batum kept his stat-filling ways going on Friday during a 109-88 win over the Magic with 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

After a really rough finish to his November, Batum has been w Westbrook-equse contributor on the stat sheet this month. Over his five December games, he's averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 boards, 7.0 dimes, 0.8 steals and 1.8 treys. He's still counting on his jumper way too much, so there will be some rough efficiency nights. Batum is clearly trending up, though.
Dec 9 - 9:57 PM

Marvin Williams made 1-of-5 from the field for five points with six rebounds and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

Coach Steve Clifford said Wednesday he was pleased with how Williams maintained conditioning while injured, but it hasn't translated on the stat sheet yet. Williams is too important for the defense, so his minutes should still be there. Although, his fantasy value has been down after a career year in 2015-16. He's a questionable player to own.
Dec 9 - 9:53 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 21 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He scored eight points in the first quarter and showed off some nice offense tonight -- he had a pretty coast-to-coast play. Kidd-Gilchrist also made all four from the line tonight to boost him to a 74.7 percent from there on the year, and he's also turned the ball over just once in his last six. On the down side, he hasn't picked up a steal in any of his last five. MKG is shaping up to be a late-round guy.
Dec 9 - 9:42 PM

Roy Hibbert missed all six shots from the field and went 3-of-6 from the line on Friday, adding five rebounds and three blocks.

The Hornets talked up his offense and called it underrated during the preseason, but here we are. Hibbert has scored just 4.3 points per game over his last four. The blocks are nice and it actually moved him to 1.0 on the year, but he's not worth owning in majority of leagues.
Dec 9 - 9:37 PM

Frank Kaminsky shifted back to the Hornets bench on Wednesday with five points, five rebounds, two assist and one steal in 22 minutes during a home win vs. Detroit.

The Tank has been rumbling along this season with averages of 11.2 points. 1.3 triples, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists. His fantasy appeal has been undermined, however, by poor percentages (41.3 FGs, 71.0 FTs) and low defensive stats (0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks). Most owners in 12-team leagues can do better.
Dec 7 - 9:52 PM

Marvin Williams returned from a knee injury on Wednesday, playing 26 minutes to finish with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five boards, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Williams was on a minute-limit tonight, a restriction which should be eased over the Hornets next few games -- they conclude the week with games on Friday (vs. the Magic) and Saturday (at the Cavs). It's been a rough season for Marvin shooting the ball, at just 33.6 percent from the field, but he has enough upside to warrant a pickup in most leagues.
Dec 7 - 9:52 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist snapped a streak of six double-digit scoring games on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with five boards, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

He shot 0-of-6 from the field, including four misses at the rim, so the Hornets turned to Marco Belinelli (13 points, five boards) for production off the bench. Tonight's poor showing aside, MKG has been a reliable late-round roto player with averages of 10.0 points on 46.8 percent shooting, 7.2 boards and 1.3 assists, as well as career-highs in both steals (0.8) and blocks (1.1).
Dec 7 - 9:51 PM

Frank Kaminsky will move back to the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday.

Besides one good game in the previous six, Kaminsky had a horrible stretch as the starter. He only played 2.7 fewer minutes as a bench player compared to his starts, so maybe Kaminsky won't take a significant hit on minutes. Although, he is unlikely to play many minutes at center against the Pistons bigger centers. He's only a borderline hold in most leagues.
Dec 7 - 5:27 PM

Marvin Williams (knee) will play short stints in his start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

After missing the last six, the Hornets will take it easy on their starting power forward. There are a couple ways they could approach this, but it's likely to get Williams in the 20-25 minute range tonight. Frank Kaminsky will take a hit while Spencer Hawes likely gets kicked out of the rotation.
Dec 7 - 5:25 PM

Andrew Andrews has reportedly agreed to a deal with Turkish basketball club Best Balikesir.

The undrafted guard from the University of Washington was a training camp invite in Charlotte, but he got cut during the preseason. He'll look to make a name for himself overseas, but he can safely be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Dec 7 - 2:03 PM

Christian Wood has been assigned to Charlotte's D-League affiliate.

He's only made it onto the court once this season for a total of three minutes.
Dec 7 - 1:55 PM

Aaron Harrison has been sent down for a D-League stint.

Harrison is a negligible part of the rotation in Charlotte, so he can safely remain on waiver wires everywhere.
Dec 7 - 1:54 PM

Marvin Williams (knee) is expected to start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

He went through a 2-on-2 on Tuesday and everything went well, according to Williams after the session. "I feel like it went really well," Williams said. "If I wake up and feel good, I do expect to play." After missing the last six games due to a bone bruise, he should be back. Even though he's been bad this year, he's worth a pickup.
Dec 7 - 12:44 PM

Frank Kaminsky will likely return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Marvin Williams (knee) is expected to return to the court tonight, and he'll resume his spot in the starting five sending Kaminsky back to the bench. Kaminsky basically only had one solid game as a starter, and his value will take a pretty massive hit with the demotion to the second unit. Feel free to move on if you picked him up for his shot-term value sans Williams.
Dec 7 - 11:42 AM

Marvin Williams (knee) said that he feels "totally ready to do" what he does, and barring a setback, he will play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

"I don’t know about my normal 25 to 30 minutes, but I feel totally ready to do what I do," Williams said. "I can run and jump. My lungs might actually be the hardest thing to get back." He'll probably be closer to the 25-minute mark as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be after spending 10 days on the sidelines, so he's not necessarily a must-start option with 10 games being played tonight. He's also been in a bad shooting slump this season, limiting his standard league appeal.
Dec 7 - 9:25 AM


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