Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kemba Walker scored 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

His February is not going well at all. This month, he's averaging just 18.3 points, 4.0 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 treys on 40.1 percent from the field. Walker has really struggled in the paint, making just 21-of-52 (40.4 percent), which is almost 20 percent below league average. The All-Star should snap out of it, so he's a bit of a buy-low player.
Feb 25 - 8:45 PM

Marvin Williams scored 16 points with six rebounds, one block, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He was in some kind of slump heading into the break, but he's out of it to start the second half. Williams played 40 minutes with 13 points on Thursday during a loss to the Pistons. Plus, his minutes are also up because the Hornets are playing Frank Kaminsky at the five now. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 25 - 8:40 PM

Nicolas Batum made 4-of-17 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He's in another shooting slump, which is nothing new for how he plays. He's made just 30.2 percent from the field in his last three games for his 14.2 points per game. Only 11.6 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's made just 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) outside of the paint in that span. His owners shouldn't be surprised and just have to hope he snaps out of it the next time out against the Clippers on Sunday.
Feb 25 - 8:35 PM

Christian Wood scored a season-high five points with four rebounds in 10 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He was the first big man off the bench, so this is more non-garbage minutes than he's seen all of this season combined -- he only scored four points all season combined, too. Wood won't have fantasy value and may have to fend off Johnny O'Bryant once he's ready to play.
Feb 25 - 8:30 PM

Cody Zeller (quad) is inactive for Saturday night.

His quad contusion has cost him playing time dating back to Jan. 24. Frank Kaminsky will start again and has some value for owners needing scoring out of a PF/C spot.
Feb 25 - 5:11 PM

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


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