Player News - Hornets

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Marco Belinelli made 5-of-8 shots on Wednesday with one 3-pointer, finishing with 13 points, five boards, three assists and one steal.

Belinelli came in shooting an abysmal 28.3 percent in January. He missed five games in late December and early January, and coach Steve Clifford suggested that he was still struggling because he's "such a rhythm player." He finally gained some traction tonight, but isn't really worth owning unless you need 3-pointers in a deep league.
Jan 18 - 11:00 PM

The Hornets snapped their five-game losing streak on Wednesday, aided by Nicolas Batum's 17 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Batum leads the Hornets with 7.4 rebounds per game, and he's also posting career-best numbers in scoring (15.0 points per game) and assists (5.8). He's flirting with second-round value over the past month, despite a recent shooting slump, and he's a good bet to finish in the top-50 for roto.
Jan 18 - 10:59 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished Wednesday's game with nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

"We have to get ourselves right. We have to get back to what we've been for four years," coach Steve Clifford said recently. "Defense first, compete on every play, play smart." The defensive end is MKG's wheelhouse, and he helped Charlotte hold the Blazers to just 85 points on 35.1 percent shooting tonight. He may never be a great asset offensively, but he's worth a look if you need boards and some defensive stats.
Source: WFMZ.com
Jan 18 - 10:57 PM

Frank Kaminsky chipped in 11 points, three boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes vs. Portland on Wednesday.

Kaminsky has scored double-digit points just three times in January, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. He did much of his damage in garbage time tonight, and isn't worth most owners' attention while Cody Zeller (10 rebounds, six points) and Marvin Williams (eight points, nine rebounds) are both healthy.
Jan 18 - 10:57 PM

Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 16 points during Wednesday's home win , hitting 7-of-8 field goals with six boards and two blocks in 22 minutes.

This was Hibbert's highest-scoring game all season, topping a 15-point performance on Oct. 26, which says plenty about his lack of offensive appeal. He's not worth owning in the vast majority of leagues.
Jan 18 - 10:56 PM

Roy Hibbert was a DNP-CD on Monday due to the matchup against the Celtics.

Coach Steve Clifford said it had to do with the Celtics bigs taking jumpers. For now, it looks like he'll be playing on Wednesday against the Blazers, but obviously has very little fantasy value.
Jan 18 - 5:52 PM

Jeremy Lamb (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Portland.

Wednesday will mark Lamb's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Lamb typically isn't a major part of the rotation while the team is at full strength, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Marco Belinelli will have the opportunity for some extended minutes, but that's about it.
Jan 17 - 3:20 PM

Marvin Williams hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points and four rebounds in Monday's loss.

The problem is that he didn't do anything else, literally. Williams has actually been playing well again lately, but had just eight points and two rebounds on 2-of-6 shooting on Friday. Prior to that he had scored in double figures in three straight games and has been contributing in points, rebounds, threes, and nothing else. He's averaging 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games, so if that is something that will help your team, now looks like a nice time to pick him up.
Jan 16 - 10:10 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit just 3-of-11 shots for six points and nine rebounds in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Celtics.

He was coming off a big 12 & 12 double-double with four assists, a steal and a block on Friday, but hit just 2-of-6 shots in that one, saving his scoring line by hitting eight free throws. MKG is still a borderline player to own in standard leagues, because he's just as likely to let you down as he is to surprise you. He's averaging 7.6 points and 9.8 rebounds on 35 percent shooting over his last five games, meaning that Friday's game was pretty much a fluke.
Jan 16 - 10:03 PM

Cody Zeller hit 5-of-7 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Celtics.

Five of his rebounds were offensive, which was nice, and he played 31 minutes in the start. He had a 16 & 10 double-double on Friday and played well again tonight, meaning he should be owned in most leagues now that he's healthy and starting at center again for the Hornets.
Jan 16 - 9:59 PM

Nicolas Batum had eight points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-11 shooting in Monday's MLK Day 108-98 loss to the Celtics.

Batum has been back for two games since returning from a knee injury and is averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in them. He hit 7-of-14 shots on Friday, but never got it going offensively tonight, missing 9-of-11 shots and costing himself a triple-double. He's a must-start in fantasy as long as he's playing for the Hornets. Teammate Kemba Walker had the same issue, hitting just 8-of-21 shots for 24 points, two assists and three 3-pointers.
Jan 16 - 9:52 PM

Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

This will be his second game in a row on the shelf. The Hornets are ruling him out a full 24 hours before tip-off, an indication that he could miss additional time. Luckily for the Hornets, Nicolas Batum looked healthy in 32 minutes of action on Friday. Marco Belinelli could pick up a few extra minutes with Lamb out.
Jan 15 - 12:36 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 12 points during a 102-93 loss to the 76ers on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

Marco Bellineli may have turned in his worst game of the season with five turnovers and Jeremy Lamb (foot) didn't play, so Kidd-Gilchrist had a clear path for minutes. Even with some injuries to put MKG in a terrific position over his previous five, he only averaged 8.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals. He's more of a borderline player to own in standard leagues.
Jan 13 - 9:48 PM

Roy Hibbert moved back to the bench on Friday with four points and one rebound in 10 minutes.

Not that anyone used Hibbert for his start on Tuesday, but he looked pretty bad in this game. At least only two of his four fouls came against Joel Embiid -- the other two were against Sergio Rodriguez and Robert Covington. Hibbert won't have much value all season.
Jan 13 - 9:43 PM

Frank Kaminsky scored five points with two rebounds in 22 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

It's worth a mention that he did have a heat pack on his back during this game. Kaminsky did return and even closed this game out because the Hornets were trailing late. Kaminsky is coming off a big 22-point game, but even with that included in his averages over his previous five he still only has 10.8 points per game. He's not worth owning in standard leagues right now.
Jan 13 - 9:42 PM


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