Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Marvin Williams had a quiet finale against the Pacers on Thursday with two points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

He had a rough preseason shooting the ball this month, but did take plenty of triples. Williams will be the stretch four this year and could be a cheaper version of Channing Frye, so owners in deep leagues can keep an eye on him.
Oct 23 - 9:42 PM

Al Jefferson blocked six shots in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 15 points, seven rebounds and one steal.

He's shot the ball horribly this preseason, but who cares? Jefferson getting big minutes again is a huge positive and his ankle soreness shouldn't be a huge concern right now. However, he's had a lot of foot/ankle issues, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. In other words, he's more of a mid-second pick with some risk.
Oct 23 - 9:40 PM

Brian Roberts handled the point guard spot for 41 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 19 points, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

He led the NBA in free throw percentage last season and the Hornets picked him up to play backup point guard. Roberts made all 15 attempts from the free throw line in the preseason and has been solid from the field this month, but he's not a fantasy option while Kemba Walker (knee) is active.
Oct 23 - 9:37 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Pacers on Thursday.

He actually closed his preseason campaign out somewhat nicely over his last five, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 triples on 44.7 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the line. All that said, we still can't sign off on picking him up even with Gerald Henderson (hamstring) hurt.
Oct 23 - 9:35 PM

Gary Neal was ejected for two technical fouls against the Pacers on Thursday night.

He was just 1-of-11 from the field for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers. Neal had a big start to his preseason, but he shot just 12-of-46 (26.1 percent) from the field in his last four. He'll be a low-upside guy off the bench this season.
Oct 23 - 9:07 PM

Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play in the Hornets' preseason finale against the Pacers.

Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (foot), Noah Vonleh (hernia), and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) all will not suit up in the teams' preseason finale. Stephenson and Walker are the only two with significant fantasy value, so their health statuses should be monitored as the regular season approaches.
Oct 23 - 6:08 PM

Kemba Walker (foot) will not play against the Pacers in the Hornets' preseason finale.

Walker is still dealing with a sore left foot. As the regular season approaches, this is news fantasy owners do not want to hear. He has missed most of the preseason with both a knee contusion and this recent foot issues. Walker's status should be monitored throughout the early portion of the regular season.
Oct 23 - 5:58 PM

Kemba Walker (foot) is questionable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pacers.

Walker was already dealing with a knee contusion, but this injury sounds a bit more worrisome with the regular season on the horizon. Kemba started Wednesday's shoot around and then told the coaching staff "My foot is killing me," before heading to the trainer’s room. While Walker's questionable tag heading into Thursday's game is more promising than if he were already declared out, this will be something for fantasy owners to monitor heading into the regular season.
Oct 23 - 11:55 AM

Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

It's a shame that we won't see Lance against his former team, but the Hornets play the Pacers on Nov. 19 so we won't have to wait long. With the regular season less than a week away, the Hornets are likely playing it safe with their free agent acquisition, so fantasy owners shouldn't shy away from drafting Stephenson in the middle rounds of their drafts.
Oct 23 - 11:28 AM

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


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