Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kemba Walker was outstanding against the 76ers during an easy 109-91 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He made 13-of-23 from the field and is really starting to heat up. Over his last five, Walker averaged 24.0 points, 3.2 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 triples on 49.5 percent from the field. The buy-low window is just about closed.
Dec 19 - 10:40 PM

Gary Neal played 18 minutes against the 76ers on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

His minutes were a little low and it might have had to do with how the Hornets were up big in the fourth quarter. Neal should be better his next time out on Saturday against the Jazz, so give him a look if you need some short-term scoring.
Dec 19 - 10:37 PM

Gerald Henderson scored 11 points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

He started off red hot, but didn't do much in the second half. Lance Stephenson (hip) is going to miss some time, but Henderson is not a great pickup due to his lower upside.
Dec 19 - 10:32 PM

Jeff Taylor is active to face the 76ers on Friday.

It will be his first game on the active list since being suspended for 24 games. His suspension ended on Wednesday and he was inactive. Taylor might get some run with Lance Stephenson (hip) out. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Dec 19 - 4:28 PM

Gerald Henderson will start against the 76ers on Friday.

Lance Stephenson (hip) did not even travel and is expected to miss time. Henderson has not been very active with the ball while with the first unit, posting a 15.5 usage rate while he's next to Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson this season. He's only worth a look in very deep leagues.
Dec 19 - 4:24 PM

The Hornets have reportedly pulled Lance Stephenson off the trading block as none of the offers they received were enticing enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

The Hornets believe that Stephenson's groin injury has hindered him all season, and is the main culprit to his lack of production thus far. Charlotte feels that the injury affected Stephenson's movement and conditioning, and they would like to see him at full strength before sending him away for pennies on the dollar. While Stephenson may get traded away at some point this season, it is not likely to happen any time soon.
Dec 19 - 12:01 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production.

Cody Zeller has been fitted with a mask to protect his broken nose, and will wear it in games.

Zeller is starting this season, but hasn't done much, averaging just 7.1 points and 6.0 rebounds on 38.0 percent shooting from the field with the starting unit. He has a lot of potential, but until he actually lives up to that potential, he's not going to be a must-own player in standard leagues.
Dec 19 - 10:47 AM

The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 10:19 AM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this.
Dec 18 - 9:28 PM

Lance Stephenson (pelvis) is doubtful for the Hornets' next two games with a pelvic sprain.

The Hornets play the 76ers on Friday and the Jazz on Saturday and it looks like they'll have to do so without Stephenson. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but fantasy owners can expect to see more of Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gary Neal if Stephenson is out for the weekend.

Kemba Walker scored 27 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

It's his third game over his last five with seven assists, averaging 21.6 points, 3.4 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 triples in that span. Walker made just 37.0 percent from the field over his previous 10 games, so he really has to work on that in order to get going. There is still a buy-low window because chances are he won't be below 40 percent by season's end.
Dec 18 - 12:23 AM

Al Jefferson scored 18 of his 28 points in the first quarter against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 36 minutes.

He scored more points in the first quarter than any of his previous three games, so this outburst was a surprise. The Suns have been soft on the inside, so kudos to Jefferson for capitalizing. He gets another tasty matchup against the 76ers on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have high hopes.
Dec 18 - 12:18 AM

Jeff Taylor will be inactive on Wednesday.

His 24-game suspension ended today. Interestingly, commissioner Adam Silver is in attendance for the Suns at Hornets game. Taylor has no fantasy value.
Dec 17 - 5:36 PM

Cody Zeller (nose) will start on Wednesday vs. the Suns.

He will likely be playing in a mask, so it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on his game. Zeller has held onto the starting gig for now, but has failed to impress so far and often looks lost on the floor. Zeller is still worth a look in most leagues if he ever lives up to his potential, but we wouldn't recommend cutting a player you would miss for him. Marvin William's value takes a big hit with this news.
Dec 17 - 11:26 AM


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