Player News - Hornets

Date: Team: Pos:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Pistons.

It'll either be Dwayne Bacon or Jeremy Lamb replacing MKG in the starting five for Wednesday night's game, but Steve Clifford won't be revealing his starters until we're closer to tipoff. The Hornets have not yet provided a timetable for Kidd-Cilchrist's return, and we still don't know exactly why he's away from the team, but hopefully he can sort out this personal issue relatively soon. Between Lamb and Bacon, Lamb is the more attractive fantasy option.
Oct 17 - 4:14 PM

Julyan Stone (groin) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

This is the first time we've seen Stone get through a full practice since suffering the groin injury, so perhaps he'll be able to take the floor in Wednesday's season opener against Detroit. If cleared to play, he'd likely split the backup point guard minutes with Malik Monk, but it's unlikely he'd be able to churn out much fantasy value in that role.
Oct 17 - 3:48 PM

Treveon Graham (left hamstring) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice.

Graham getting through a full practice is a good sign regarding his availability for the season opener, and if he's cleared to play, he could get into the rotation with Charlotte's backcourt banged up. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Oct 17 - 3:46 PM

Jeremy Lamb (groin), Treveon Graham (hamstring) and Julyan Stone (groin) all practiced in full on Tuesday.

The Hornets will be without Michael Carter-Williams (knees), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) and Nicolas Batum (elbow) on opening night, so they could really use Lamb, Graham and Stone on opening night. These guys getting through a full practice is certainly a positive sign, but we'll have a better idea on their playing status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If Lamb is cleared to play, there's a good chance he'd start, and he should have some low-end value while Batum is out.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said that it's a "given" that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) won't play in Wednesday's season opener.

He's still away from the team tending to a personal matter and it's unclear when he'll be back. With Nicolas Batum (elbow) out for a while, the Hornets will have to rely heavily on their two rookies in Malik Monk and Dwyane Bacon. Jeremy Lamb is the biggest winner in fantasy, though.
Oct 16 - 1:44 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (knees) was held out of Monday's scrimmage.

This is another step back for MCW after he went through a full-court scrimmage on Sunday. He has already been ruled out for the opener and doesn't have a timetable to return. After a strong preseason, Malik Monk may get a chance to play some point guard in relief of Kemba Walker in addition to his minutes at SG.
Oct 16 - 1:31 PM

Jeremy Lamb (left groin soreness) practiced on Sunday and said afterward that he feels "great."

"I couldn’t run," Lamb said, explaining why he missed two preseason games. "I would have played horribly and I would have hurt it even more." It sounds like he'll be ready for the season opener, but owners should double-check his status on Monday and Tuesday. He's an intriguing fantasy flier, at least until Nicolas Batum (elbow) returns in 6-8 weeks.
Oct 15 - 7:27 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (knees) went through a full-court scrimmage on Sunday.

MCW resumed contact work last week and Sunday was the first time he'd played a 5-on-5 scrimmage since last year's playoffs. It's going to take him time to regain his conditioning, in other words, and Steve Clifford has already said there's "no way" Carter-Williams will be ready for Wednesday's opener. His return date remains unclear, but he's creeping closer to being day-to-day.
Oct 15 - 7:23 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford heaped praise on rookie Dwayne Bacon, saying that he's had a "terrific" preseason.

"Not [just] good, terrific," Clifford said. "When I watched him in summer league, I said, ‘Down the road, he can be really good: Down the road.’ ... He has size, strength and toughness." Even if he wants to bring the rookie along slowly, Clifford's hand might be forced with Nicolas Batum (elbow) sidelined and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) questionable for the season opener.
Oct 15 - 7:20 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is questionable to play in Wednesday's season opener.

MKG has been away from the Hornets for about a week due to an excused personal matter, and coach Steve Clifford said "it's not going to be easy" for him to return for Wednesday's game. If he isn't available, Charlotte will have to get creative -- Nicolas Batum (elbow) is already out, so guys like Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon could be very busy.
Oct 15 - 7:15 PM

Kemba Walker scored 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

After playing 52 minutes in his last two preseason games and even playing before expected this summer, Walker looks to be 100 percent ready to roll. He's coming off a career-high 44.4 percent from the field while also burying 3.0 treys per game. If he can be even close to that efficiency while Nic Batum (elbow) is on the shelf, Walker should have another monster season at age 27.
Oct 13 - 8:47 PM

Marvin Williams scored 11 points with three rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

With Dwight Howard filling the paint and Nicolas Batum (elbow) out, the Hornets will really need Williams out there knocking down treys. He was an early-round value for the second half last year, but he'll always slide in drafts because fantasy owners inherently don't buy Williams. Pounce on him after the breakout candidates are gone.
Oct 13 - 8:39 PM

Malik Monk scored 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

He continues to get combo guard minutes and he'll likely see most of his run as Kemba Walker's backup. The Hornets are going to be missing a lot of scoring punch in the second unit, so it's not crazy to think Monk can start his career as a double-digit scoring guy. He's better in points leagues, but Monk is a top-10 rookie selection in almost all formats.
Oct 13 - 8:37 PM

Dwayne Bacon scored 14 points with five rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

He's not quite as delicious as he sounds, but Bacon looks like he has a very good chance at minutes for the Hornets with Nicolas Batum (elbow) out for 20-34 games. He's still going to be behind Jeremy Lamb, but he's way ahead of the curve as a second-round pick. He's an option in super deep leagues.
Oct 13 - 8:35 PM

Cody Zeller scored 11 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

The Hornets may have to shuffle their forwards a bit with Frank Kaminsky playing all four and Marvin Williams shifting to the three, so there could be minutes available for Zeller behind Dwight Howard. That said, Zeller will have a tough time producing value while Kaminsky and Howard are active.
Oct 13 - 8:32 PM


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