Player News - Hornets

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Nicolas Batum scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes against Dallas on Monday.

Batum shot 5-of-14 from the field and missed all six of his 3-pointers. but was able to hit all four of his freebies from the line. He's averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he's only shooting 33.3 percent from the field in that span.
Dec 6 - 1:00 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled in Monday’s win over the Mavericks, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes.

This was his fifth double-double of the season. MKG added one assist and one block with zero turnovers, hitting 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games, but he’s a low-end asset in standard leagues because he’s yet to make a 3-pointer this season.
Dec 6 - 12:57 AM

Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Monday.

He finished 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. Lamb has had a few big games since returning in late November, but he's also had some pretty awful duds as well. He's averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 triples over his last five games, but he only saw 17.6 minutes per game in that span.
Dec 6 - 12:30 AM

Nicolas Batum handed out a season-high 12 assists during a 125-120 overtime loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The offense went through Batum to make him more of a passer, which helped keep down his somewhat inefficient ways. The inconsistency has been a factor for Batum on the scoring side of things for most of the season. In his previous games, Batum had just 10.0 percent of his shots at the rim while he’s only made 32.8 percent on midrange. He’s posted sixth-round value on the year.
Dec 3 - 10:12 PM

Kemba Walker scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Saturday.

He was in foul trouble early and had only two points in the first half, so he was able to salvage a decent game. Besides Walker’s improved jumper, he’s also thrived around the basket. In his previous games this season, he’s had 34 percent of his shots come from within three feet, which is up from 27 percent last year. That should help his consistency all season as he continues to flirt with first-round value.
Dec 3 - 10:07 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored six points with five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 12 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

He had a nice run while the Hornets were banged up, but coach Steve Clifford doesn't trust him as much as his other wings. Lamb is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Dec 3 - 10:01 PM

Frank Kaminsky bounced back in a big way against the Wolves on Saturday, scoring 21 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

After scoring a combined three points in his previous two and making just 1-of-15, he was on the other end of the spectrum. Kaminsky scored his first eight points in the first three minutes and kept it going for his 31 minutes. Marvin Williams (knee) is going to miss at least one more and likely more time beyond that, so hopefully Frank can keep it going. He's worth a look.
Dec 3 - 9:59 PM

Marvin Williams (knee) will be out until at least Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

That means he's out Monday against the Mavs. Williams could still miss additional time beyond Wednesday due to the bone bruise in his knee. The Hornets would sure like to see Frank Kaminsky get out of his brutal slump, but he's still worth a look in fantasy.
Dec 3 - 6:05 PM

Marvin Williams (knee) is still out for Saturday against the Wolves.

He is expected to be re-evaluated this weekend to check on the progress of his bone bruise. Williams was having a rough season before the injury with only a 33.6 field goal percentage, but Frank Kaminsky has been even worse since Williams went down. Kaminsky should still play a lot while Spencer Hawes did see some extra time on Wednesday.
Dec 2 - 4:38 PM

Roy Hibbert's knees are finally close to 100% for the first time since the start of the season.

The last month has been a struggle for Hibbert since his right knee swelled up between the first and second games this season. Hibbert missed five games with that injury, but the effects stretched well beyond that span. However, he is finally playing close to pain-free. On Thursday, he had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes. However, he is still not worth rostering in standard leagues.
Dec 2 - 10:03 AM

Kemba Walker scored 18 points during a 97-87 win over the Mavs on Thursday, adding three rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

The Hornets look like they're back for the most part with a 3-1 record in their last four. Walker hit a huge three in this game to help ice the win, but he didn't shoot the ball very well overall at 7-of-19 from the field. He's been very good in the clutch before tonight, turning in a 59.9 true shooting percentage on a 38.3 usage rate in those situations. He's playing like an All-Star, but he may have peaked a little early. Walker has third-round value over his last 10 games. He's still an elite option.
Dec 1 - 10:48 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

MKG's playing time, usage or other stats haven't changed since the Marvin Williams (knee) injury -- the biggest difference is a dip in rebounding. The Hornets are missing Williams on defense and it's put even more pressure on Kidd-Gilchrist. After an awesome start, MKG has only been a lukewarm asset in standard leagues. He'll likely just be a late-round guy.
Dec 1 - 10:40 PM

Jeremy Lamb (knee) scored 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

He's been solid on the glass and was back down to his projected playing time. Lamb had one of the best two-game runs prior to his knee contusion on Tuesday and we're not expecting him to do much while Nicolas Batum is healthy. Lamb is only worth owning in deep leagues.
Dec 1 - 10:28 PM

Frank Kaminsky had a rough night during his start against the Mavs on Thursday, scoring one point with three rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes.

Yuck. Kaminsky has gone in the tank since he was given an added opportunity. In the five games since the Marvin Williams (knee) injury, Kaminsky made just 25.9 percent from the field for 8.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.6 assists and 0.6 treys. This was really the first time his minutes took a big hit, so he may bounce back. That said, we don't fault you at all for wanting to move on to someone else. His value will certainly drop once Marvin comes back.
Dec 1 - 10:26 PM

Jeremy Lamb (knee) is available to play against the Mavericks on Thursday night.

He only had a knee contusion from Tuesday's outing. Lamb has suddenly turned it on with two monster games prior to his injury, averaging 19.5 points, 13.0 boards and 1.0 dimes. Despite those big games, he's likely looking at minutes in the low 20s tonight and isn't the strongest fantasy play.
Dec 1 - 5:22 PM


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