Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) practiced with the Hornets on Saturday.

Kidd-Gilchrist had been away from the team for almost two weeks, as he dealt with an undisclosed, excused personal situation. Charlotte's next game is Monday vs. Milwaukee. It is unknown if MKG will be ready to suit up for that contest. Dwayne Bacon started each of the Hornets first two games, averaging 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game. Bacon will be bumped back to the bench once Kidd-Gilchrist is ready to play starter's minutes.
Oct 21 - 1:22 PM

Dwight Howard went off against his former Hawks team on Friday with 20 points (8-of-12 FGs), 10 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins weren't able to contain Howard in the paint, but his night wasn't all good as he hit 4-of-8 free throws and turned the ball over six times. Cody Zeller wasn't able to play with a right knee bruise and could miss more time, so Howard will get a bump in minutes until his backup returns to action. If you're punting free throws, you should be happy with Howard's start as a Hornet.
Oct 20 - 10:51 PM

Jeremy Lamb started and scored 15 points in Friday's win over the Hawks, adding five rebounds, two assists and a block.

He had 15 points on opening night as well and there's a lot to like here -- he tied Kemba Walker for the team lead in minutes (38) and attempted the most shots on the night (17). With Nicolas Batum (elbow) out for the foreseeable future, Lamb is the wing you want to own in Charlotte over guys like Dwyane Bacon (six points, 11 rebounds) and Malik Monk (six points in 19 minutes).
Oct 20 - 10:45 PM

Marvin Williams finished scoreless in 16 minutes vs. the Hawks on Friday.

It's been a rough start for Williams, as he was held to seven points in 27 minutes in the season opener. As for this game, Williams missed all six shots from the field and added just three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Frank Kaminsky was on fire with 21 points and Williams hasn't been getting minutes at the three with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) away from the team, so this could become a timeshare at power forward. Williams started really slow last season before his big finish, so just bench him until he heats up.
Oct 20 - 10:33 PM

Frank Kaminsky bounced back on Friday vs. the Hawks with 21 points in 33 minutes.

Kaminsky had a quiet opener with four points on 1-of-9 shooting, but he had the hot hand tonight and shot 7-of-14 from the field with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Kaminsky got a lot of extra run tonight, but it had more to do with Marvin Williams' (zero points on 0-of-6 shooting) poor shooting than Cody Zeller's injury -- Johnny O'Bryant got the backup center minutes. Kaminsky is a lukewarm pickup unless he keeps getting minutes at the expense of Williams.
Oct 20 - 10:23 PM

Kemba Walker dropped 26 points in a 109-91 win over the Hawks on Friday, shooting 6-of-13 from the field.

Walker also hit 10-of-12 from the line and has now hit 10+ free throws in two straight games -- he never hit more than nine free throws in a game last season. He added nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four triples and helped the Hornets battle back from a 20-point deficit in the first half. He's now scored a combined 50 points through his first two games and his left knee doesn't seem to be a concern despite having three surgeries in three years.
Oct 20 - 10:16 PM

Dwayne Bacon will draw another start Friday night vs. the Hawks.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is still not with the team, creating an opening in the starting lineup. Bacon started the season opener on Wednesday and finished with eight points, two 3-pointers two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Despite being in the starting lineup for the time being, Bacon is not on the fantasy radar in standard-depth leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:32 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is not with the team and will not play Friday vs. the Hawks.

MKG did not play in the season opener either, as he has been away from the team for nearly two weeks now. The Hornets have not yet provided details as to the reason for Kidd-Gilchrist's absence or when he is expected to return. Dwayne Bacon drew the start on Wednesday, scoring eight points in 20 minutes. Malik Monk and Treveon Graham will likely see additional minutes again on Friday as well.
Oct 20 - 9:55 AM

Michael Carter-Williams (knees) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Atlanta.

MCW, who had stem-cell therapy on both of his knees in early-September, is still dealing with soreness in both knees. He is currently without a timetable for a return. No need for him to be rostered in standard fantasy formats. Malik Monk and Julyan Stone will continue to back up starting point guard Kemba Walker.
Oct 20 - 9:53 AM

Cody Zeller (right knee bone bruise) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Zeller was solid in the season opener, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds in 23 minutes. However, he was unable to escape unscathed. With Zeller sidelined, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky will likely be asked to log extra minutes. Johnny O'Bryant may also make his way into the rotation.
Oct 20 - 9:49 AM

Dwight Howard double-doubled in his first game as a Hornet, finishing with 10 points (5-of-9 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes.

Howard's deficiencies as a fantasy option are well-established, but it's worth noting that he can still rack up the stats -- he finished sixth in the NBA with 53 double-doubles last season. His minutes should hover around 30 per game, with Cody Zeller as his backup, which is just what owners expected on draft day. So far, so good.
Oct 18 - 10:39 PM

Malik Monk had a rough debut on Wednesday, missing eight of his nine shot attempts to finish with three points, one assist and three turnovers.

Monk was 1-of-6 from downtown and he failed to get to the free throw line in 21 minutes. He's shown some potential as a backup PG, but coach Steve Clifford might be better served by Julyan Stone until Michael Carter-Williams (knees) is ready to go. If you own Monk, give him at least a few more games before making any decisions.
Oct 18 - 10:39 PM

Frank Kaminsky was the first player off Charlotte's bench on Wednesday, finishing 1-of-9 from the field for four points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

The Hornets' injury woes have forced coach Steve Clifford to get creative, and for now it looks like Kaminsky will earn steady minutes with the second unit. He wasn't shy offensively, and five of his attempts came from downtown, but there's no reason to trust him in standard formats.
Oct 18 - 10:38 PM

Hornets rookie Dwayne Bacon started on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, two 3-pointers two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.

Steve Clifford has enthusiastically praised Bacon this preseason, but his starting role tonight was the result of both Nicolas Batum (elbow) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) being unavailable. It's unclear when MKG might return, so Bacon might have some opportunistic DFS appeal. Most owners can ignore him.
Oct 18 - 10:37 PM

Treveon Graham (hamstring) came off the bench on Wednesday for five points, three assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

It was all hands on deck for Charlotte tonight due to the absence of Nicolas Batum (elbow) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal). Even with those guys out, Graham isn't a reliable fantasy option.
Oct 18 - 10:37 PM


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