Player News - Hornets

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Kemba Walker made 10-of-18 from the field for 31 points against the Suns during a 120-106 win on Sunday, adding four rebounds, nine assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

That's his 13th game with 30-plus points this season to match his career high from last year. Even with a really rough six-game slump earlier this month, Kemba is performing very well since the break with averages of 24.2 points, 3.7 boards, 5.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.7 treys. The main reason why is Kemba has put up an awesome 70.3 effective field goal percentage on his catch-and-shoot attempts in his previous 16 games -- also 71.4 percent on his one-dribble treys. He's ballin'.
Mar 26 - 4:36 PM

Marvin Williams matched his career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Suns on Sunday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

He continues to just smash late in the season and it's really been a two-year breakout for a guy who fantasy owners ignored through most of his career. Credit to coach Steve Clifford here and Williams' defense has also been a big factor for keeping him on the court. Even after two great years, he'll probably be doubted again next year.
Mar 26 - 4:29 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 18 points with six rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He was just 6-of-15 from the field and the missed shots continue to be a problem these days. In his previous games since the break, Batum made just 28.1 percent from deep on 3.4 attempts, which has pulled him down to a woeful 38.5 percent from the field. He's still doing plenty in the other departments and did record his team-high 15th double-double this season. Batum should hold his mid-round value the rest of the way.
Mar 26 - 4:24 PM

Frank Kaminsky made 3-of-11 from the field for 10 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He's kind of back in a slump again. After an impressive 20-point game last week, Kaminsky averaged just 11.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 treys on just 31.0 percent from the field in his last five. Because of how his fantasy game is so dependent on him making shots, he can be annoying to own at times like these. He has the upside and role to have value, though.
Mar 26 - 4:18 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored two points with two rebounds in nine minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

His playing time has fallen off in a big way and some of it is because he's not playing well. Lamb won't have much value unless Marco Belinelli, Nic Batum or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist miss time.
Mar 26 - 4:14 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

He was the primary defender on Devin Booker and was able to avoid foul trouble in this game. Kidd-Gilchrist is somewhat matchup dependent because Marco Belinelli could take his minutes when the Hornets are trailing late, but he's still someone fantasy owners have to start now that he's putting up the defensive stats.
Mar 26 - 4:10 PM

Frank Kaminsky missed all nine of his shots on Friday vs. the Cavaliers and failed to score in 26 minutes.

Five of his nine shot attempts were from beyond the arc, but at least he grabbed eight rebounds with a pair of assists. Frank the Tank was averaging 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.5 steals and 2.0 triples in his previous six games, so his owners should give him another chance. The Hornets play four games next week after Sunday's contest vs. the Suns.
Mar 24 - 10:48 PM

Marco Belinelli matched his season-high with 22 points, three rebounds, two assists and three triples in 32 minutes vs. the Cavaliers on Friday.

He has the hot hand right now and coach Steve Clifford is riding him. He scored 20 points in 21 minutes in his previous outing, but picked up a big chunk of minutes tonight with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in foul trouble. Belinelli hit 7-of-12 shots and made all five of his free throws, but with a playoff spot looking out of reach, the Hornets may be tempted to give Jeremy Lamb more burn at the expense of Belinelli. If he has another good game on Sunday vs. the Suns, give him a look since the Hornets play four times next week.
Mar 24 - 10:42 PM

Kemba Walker's 28 points weren't enough in Friday's 112-105 loss to the Cavaliers.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Hornets and they are now 3.0 games behind the No. 8 seed (Heat). Walker shot 10-of-20 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line with five assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples in 39 minutes. His value will be safe until the Hornets are mathematically eliminated from a playoff spot.
Mar 24 - 10:35 PM

Cody Zeller double-doubled vs. the Cavaliers on Friday with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

He hit all six of his shots from the field and finished 3-of-7 from the line with three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. He was shooting 65.8 percent from the line prior to Friday and that's his only glaring weakness right now, so he's worth owning for his boards, blocks and FG percentage. The Hornets also play four times next week after Sunday's game vs. the Suns.
Mar 24 - 10:26 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was in foul trouble for most of the night against the Cavaliers on Friday, finishing with four points in 18 minutes.

The joys of guarding LeBron James. MKG shot 2-of-4 from the field with four rebounds, one assist and five fouls, but look for him to bounce back on Sunday in a favorable matchup vs. the Suns. The Hornets have four games next week, so MKG is a hold in standard leagues.
Mar 24 - 10:09 PM

Miles Plumlee (calf) will be available to play on Friday against the Cavs.

Coach Steve Clifford said he might play in this game. In other words, Plumlee would probably only play if Frank Kaminsky or Cody Zeller are in foul trouble.
Mar 24 - 5:54 PM

Ramon Sessions (knee) has been cleared to play, but will not on Friday.

He is way past his original timeline and it's more about Briante Weber being ahead of him right now. Sessions could get minutes at some point, but he's not a fantasy option.
Mar 24 - 5:52 PM

Frank Kaminsky had another productive evening on Wednesday, going 6-of-13 from the field with four 3-pointers for 18 points.

Kaminsky added five boards, one assist and one block in 33 minutes, as Charlotte escaped Orlando with a comeback victory tonight. His perimeter shooting helped the Hornets erase an early deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, bolstering their odds of overtaking Miami, Detroit and Chicago for the No. 8 seed in the East. Frank the Tank is rolling right now.
Mar 22 - 9:43 PM

Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field with five turnovers.

Batum may have tweaked his ankle during the game, but he didn't miss any time and we're leaving him off the injury report. The Hornets desperately need him to produce down the stretch, as they're still three games out of the No. 8 seed. They're trending up at the right moment, at least, having won three straight games after sweeping the season series vs. Orlando tonight.
Mar 22 - 9:42 PM


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