Player News - Hornets

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Head coach Steve Clifford said that Mo Williams will remain with the starting unit upon Kemba Walker's (knee) return.

"We’re going to play them together," Clifford said. "We need to get [Walker] back as soon as we can, and then we’ll make an adjustment on the fly to play those guys together." With Williams set to remain with the starting unit, Gerald Henderson will likely head to the bench where he'll embrace a sixth man role with the team. Lance Stephenson is currently behind Henderson in the rotation, so he could find difficulty leaving the bench when Walker does return.

Kemba Walker (knee) is hopeful he'll be able to return for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

When Walker does return, head coach Steve Clifford said that he will pair him and Mo Williams in the back court, a move that would likely send Gerald Henderson back to the bench. Walker let it be known that he's excited to work alongside Williams in the starting unit. "He makes so many plays," Walker said of Williams. "He’s so smart; he knows when to shoot and when to pass. You can see it in his numbers; he’s had some huge assist games."
Mar 6 - 9:10 AM

Lance Stephenson hit just 2-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

He's completely fallen out of favor in Charlotte and Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are helping to crush his confidence. He'll go down as one of the biggest busts of the season, in both fantasy and reality, although his team is actually playing well despite him.
Mar 5 - 12:16 AM

Cody Zeller was benched on Wednesday, supposedly for match up purposes, but played just 16 minutes and finished with 13 points and four rebounds.

He had been playing pretty well, but this is setting up for a full-blown timeshare with Williams down the stretch, as the Hornets try to make the playoffs. They're currently the No. 8 seed in the East and have won three straight games. If you own Zeller and want to dump him for a hot free agent, we don't hate that idea.
Mar 4 - 11:38 PM

Gerald Henderson had 19 points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting on Wednesday.

The Hornets have quietly won three straight games and are currently in the playoffs, if the season ended today. Hendo has scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five.
Mar 4 - 11:35 PM

Mo Williams had 14 points, 14 assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

Mo-Will is averaging 21.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games, and has double-doubled in three straight. Kemba Walker may be coming back in a week, but the Hornets are getting great mileage out of Williams and now sit in the No. 8 spot as a potential playoff qualifier. It remains to be seen just how the Hornets use Walker when he's available, as things are going well with Williams running the point after winning three straight games.
Mar 4 - 11:32 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and 13 rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

MKG has quietly double-doubled in four of his last five games, and while he won't help you in other categories, he's worth a pick up if you need boards and some decent shooting. He's averaging 12.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and is shooting 54 percent from the floor over his last five, but doesn't do anything outside of those three categories.
Mar 4 - 11:27 PM

Marvin Williams started over Cody Zeller on Wednesday and had 18 points, seven rebounds, a block and four 3-pointers in an easy win over the Nets.

The move was reportedly made for "matchup purposes" against the small Nets, but Williams played very well, hitting 5-of-8 shots. Zeller played just 16 minutes for 13 points and four rebounds, and regardless of the match ups going forward, it wouldn't be surprising to see Williams stick in the power forward spot.
Mar 4 - 11:24 PM

Cody Zeller will come off the bench on Wednesday for matchup purposes, with Marvin Williams starting at PF.

Charlotte is going small vs. the Nets but Zeller is still expected to see heavy minutes with the second unit, and he's only averaging 24.9 minutes as a starter this season anyway. Use him as you normally would.
Mar 4 - 6:31 PM

Marvin Williams will start at power forward with Cody Zeller coming off the bench against the Nets on Wednesday.

It's a matchup-based move against a smaller Brooklyn lineup. Williams and Zeller will likely play a similar amount of minutes tonight, so there's no need to adjust projections or fantasy value. In his previous 17 starts, Williams averaged 6.7 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 treys, which obviously isn't great. Plus, the Hornets might switch back to Zeller starting over the weekend.
Mar 4 - 6:29 PM

Hornets coach Kemba Walker (knee) could return to action in one week, according to coach Steve Clifford.

Walker was originally aiming to return by Mar. 16 and this would put him ahead of schedule, conceivably playing vs. Sacramento on Mar. 11. He needs to be picked up wherever he's available, as he should immediately displace the red-hot Mo Williams in Charlotte's starting lineup. Walker has been cleared for basketball activities without restrictions and we'll pass along updates as he gets back to practicing this week.
Mar 4 - 6:23 PM

Kemba Walker (knee) has been cleared for basketball activities without restrictions.

He was re-evaluated today and it must have went very well. Walker was hoping to return on Mar. 16 and that target date seems well within his grasp. He didn't have a severe surgery and Walker was playing through it before, so he should be able to get it going once he's able to play. Mo Williams has been fantastic, but his playing time will be cut. Walker should be stashed in all leagues.
Mar 4 - 4:28 PM

Gerald Henderson scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, five assists and three steals on Tuesday.

Henderson had slid a little bit last week and moved off of must-own status, but he has come roaring back this past week with early round value in his last four games. During that time he has averaged 15.5 points, 1.5 treys, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and shot the ball very well. We can't guarantee this will continue and Kemba Walker's eventual return will hurt, but for now he should be owned in standard formats.
Mar 4 - 4:08 AM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that rookie P.J. Hairston "hasn't developed any way to play to make his teammates better."

Charlotte is jockeying for a playoff spot and Clifford's rotation has no room for player development, so we're unlikely to see Hairston or fellow rookie Noah Vonleh on the court in the season's final weeks.
Mar 4 - 12:15 AM

Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 10:23 PM

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