Player News - Hornets

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Hornets coach James Borrego said Miles Bridges is better than he thought.

"He fits today’s NBA: He’s versatile, he can guard multiple positions, he’s got a better shot than people give him credit for, he can put it on the (floor). So he’s much more NBA-prepared than I thought when we initially drafted him." The Hornets only have one guaranteed starter in Kemba Walker, but with Borrego saying that the Hornets are going to value winning over player development, it's safe to assume that Bridges will have to earn his minutes off the bench. He'll need a monster preseason to make a blip on the standard-league radar.
Sep 11 - 7:16 PM

Hornets coach James Borrego said he doesn't know what kind of role Malik Monk will have yet.

"I think he would admit his first [NBA season] didn’t go the way he expected. As I told him, that’s in the past and we have to go forward. His attitude has been fantastic," Borrego said. "I don’t have him slotted anywhere yet. We could go a number of directions with Malik." Borrego added that he's going to value wins over player development, so Monk isn't going to be handed anything despite being the No. 11 pick last season. He is a player to monitor closely with the starting shooting guard role up for grabs, but Jeremy Lamb likely has the edge entering camp.
Sep 11 - 7:11 PM

The Hornets starting power forward position will be an open competition at training camp, according to coach James Borrego.

Marvin Williams wasn't all that effective as a starter in Charlotte last season, and we'll likely see a further decline in his numbers during his age-32 season. Frank Kaminsky may be able to usurp Williams for the starting four-spot with an impressive camp, and this is a position battle we'll be watching closely.
Sep 11 - 3:43 PM

There are no guarantees that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start for the Hornets next season.

Head coach James Borrego stated during a recent interview that Kemba Walker is the only set starter heading into camp, and there have been rumors that MKG could see a lesser role next season due to his offensive limitations. There's a good chance Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum will start alongside Walker, but the frontcourt situation isn't quite as clear. Kidd-Gilchrist isn't someone you should target in most leagues.
Sep 11 - 3:36 PM

Dwayne Bacon will play for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team.

Team USA will play vs. Uruguay on Sept. 14 at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion and then meet Panama on Sept. 17 in Panama City. Bacon appeared in 53 games (six starts) as a rookie last season and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. He started five contests for Charlotte’s entry in the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 18.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 31 minutes per game.
Source: USAB.com
Sep 11 - 10:46 AM

Nicolas Batum posted a 13-point, 12-assist double-double in France's win over Greece at the World Cup Qualifiers.

Batum wasn't great last season, but the 30-year-old forward could be primed for a bounce-back year with more shots set to fall his way with Dwight Howard no longer around. He's capable of posting mid-round value, so he could be a nice value pick to target towards the later rounds on draft day.
Sep 9 - 6:48 PM

Coach James Borrego said he wants more ball movement from the Hornets offense.

It makes sense because the Hornets ranked 26th in passes per game and 24th in assists per game, but some of that is baked in to Dwight Howard's presence. "But we don’t want to be a bottom-five assist team. I’m going to demand it, our point guards will demand it and our best players will demand it," Borrego said. There's already talk of pushing the pace, so Kemba Walker finds himself in a great position for a monster season.
Sep 7 - 5:31 PM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said there's a chance Jeremy Lamb will start at shooting guard.

Lamb is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers. He improved his perimeter shooting and defense and finally had some luck in the injury department, playing in 80 games. Nicolas Batum is expected to move to SF, so Lamb could have some nice fantasy value if he can hold off an improved Malik Monk.
Sep 3 - 11:15 AM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer believes coach James Borrego is open to the idea of playing Kemba Walker and Malik Monk together.

We already know the Hornets are high on Monk with Borrego saying he expects the SG to be a "major player" for them, and he looked excellent in his lone Summer League game. A backcourt combo of Kemba and Monk would be explosive offensively, but they would also struggle mightily on defense. Jeremy Lamb is the favorite to start at SG and is coming off a solid year, but there's plenty of minutes up for grabs with Nicolas Batum expected to play more SF. The battle between Monk and Lamb will be one of the top storylines of camp.
Sep 3 - 11:00 AM

Devonte' Graham isn't expected to be in the rotation early on.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said he's high on his "long-term potential," but that he's not quite ready to be the backup. Tony Parker is expected to see minutes in the teens behind Kemba Walker, but if the Hornets have another down season, Graham should get a chance to play at some point after the turn of the new year.
Sep 3 - 10:53 AM

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer expects Frank Kaminsky to play more center than power forward in the preseason.

This is interesting because the Hornets already have Cody Zeller, Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo at the five with only Marvin Williams at PF. This could be an indication of the way new coach James Borrego wants to play with more floor spacing from the center position -- Zeller has been working on extending his range too. This is a big year for Kaminsky because the Hornets will have to decide whether to make a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent in 2019.
Sep 3 - 10:48 AM

Dwayne Bacon has been working on his 3-point shot this summer.

"[I] just got in the gym and [started] shooting," Bacon said. "More threes, working on my all-around game as always, but very, very focused on the three ball." Bacon shot just 25.6% from 3-point range last season, but he was slightly better at Summer League, connecting on 31.2% of his attempts from beyond the arc. He could see a slight uptick in minutes in his second NBA season, but it's unlikely he'll be much of a factor in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Sep 2 - 5:59 PM

Miles Bridges lost about 20 pounds since his last season with Michigan State.

The weight loss is important for the 6'7" Bridges because he likely projects as more of a three than a four. He didn't exactly wow in Las Vegas, but the Hornets changing their style of play could put the No. 12 pick on the floor sooner than originally anticipated. We'll be watching him in camp to see if he can take minutes away from guys like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Aug 24 - 4:26 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could have a lesser role next season because of his "offensive limitation," according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

This all fits in with everything else we heard, including Nicolas Batum sliding over to the SF spot. Coach James Borrego wants to pick up the pace and it would appear the Hornets want to get Malik Monk a fair shake after a strong April. MKG is not worth drafting in most leagues right now.
Aug 24 - 4:19 PM

Kemba Walker said he grew up a Knicks fan but can't see himself signing with New York when he becomes a free agent next summer.

Walker reiterated that he plans to stay in Charlotte, where he has spent his entire NBA career. "I’ve been hearing it for years now — the Knicks," Walker said. "Every time I come home, it’s, ‘When are you coming home to the Knicks?’ MSG is a special place, man. Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey — only because I’ve been in one jersey. I really don’t know."
Aug 17 - 10:23 AM


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