Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Gerald Henderson's strained right hamstring will prevent him from playing in Charlotte's preseason finale on Thursday.

He has yet to resume full-contact practices and had a setback earlier in the week, so there are no guarantees that he'll be ready for opening night. He barely helped fantasy owners last season despite averaging 32 minutes per game as a starter, so there's no reason to touch him while he's coming off the bench.
Oct 22 - 1:26 PM

Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF.
Oct 22 - 1:19 PM

Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19.
Oct 22 - 1:16 PM

Noah Vonleh will not be part of the Hornets' rotation on opening night, but coach Steve Clifford said he could earn minutes later in the season.

"He’s not even close to being ready to play [in a regular-season game]," Clifford said. "He’s got a lot of talent. He’s eager and athletic. There was a lot of good, a lot of bad [in his debut on Monday]. Noah was the one guy who could not afford to miss September and October." That quote is more than enough reason to avoid Vonleh on draft day.
Oct 21 - 7:02 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

Zeller averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year and he's been even more foul-prone during the preseason. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes of action on Monday but won't get that much run very often, and he's not an option in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 7:00 PM

Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 289-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener.
Oct 21 - 3:16 PM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day.

Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Oct 21 - 12:03 AM

Gerald Henderson (hamstring) did some running and shooting on Monday and is targeting the Hornets' final exhibition game for his return.

Henderson's return is bad news for Gary Neal after his big night and in general it will tighten up the wing rotation. Henderson had a hard time holding 14-team value last year and this year he has much more competition for minutes and touches.
Oct 20 - 11:56 PM

Gary Neal came out of nowhere to put up 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.

Neal has had a solid preseason but this is ridiculous. He hit 7-of-17 shots (2-of-4 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line) in his 36 minutes, and if fantasy owners in deep leagues want to bump him up their cheat sheets they can go for it. But expecting Neal to be a standard league producer when Gerald Henderson returns is still a bit optimistic.
Oct 20 - 11:54 PM

Noah Vonleh (sports hernia) made his preseason debut on Monday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and three turnovers in 19 minutes off the bench.

Vonleh showed some nice moves tonight but he's still raw and after he gets in basketball shape he'll need to scratch his way into the rotation.
Oct 20 - 11:51 PM

Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
Oct 20 - 7:23 PM

Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
Oct 20 - 6:10 PM

Marvin Williams (right elbow contusion) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Hawks.

This is the first we're hearing of an elbow injury, so for now we'll be listing him as day-to-day. Williams is the starting power forward for the Hornets, but he's really not going to offer much to a fantasy squad outside of 3-point shooting. There are better players with higher upside you can target in the later rounds of drafts, so Williams is more of a deep league play at best.
Oct 20 - 6:04 PM

Gerald Henderson (hamstring) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

Henderson is likely to see his 32 minutes per game average reduced this season with Lance Stephenson in town, and that will cause all of his numbers to take a substantial hit. Hendo didn't really offer much to fantasy squads aside from scoring, and with a much-diminished role in Charlotte, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 5:55 PM


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