Player News - Hornets

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Miles Bridges said he believes he has broken through the rookie wall.

"In the beginning of the season, I was on fire," Bridges said. "I feel like I was one of the best rookies, but then as the season went on, I started struggling. So it’s just a mental aspect where you need to be strong mentally to be able to play in the NBA, especially as a rookie. I feel I overcame the rookie wall and I feel like I am going to play great for the rest of the season." His level of play has picked up over his last four games with 10.3 points, 3.8 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.3 minutes per game, but he has a lot of work to do to become relevant in standard leagues. Charlotte also plays just twice this week.
Jan 21 - 9:23 AM

Miles Bridges finished Sunday's game in Indiana with eight points, three rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in 15 minutes.

They were playing a Pacers team with the second-stingiest defense in the league, allowing just 104.1 points per 100 possessions, but Bridges still managed to hit 3-of-4 attempts tonight. Veteran teammate Tony Parker said recently that the Hornets' young bench guys are "gaining confidence," and Bridges is a big part of that, but he's a marginal fantasy asset unless his role expands. With Charlotte still No. 8 in the East, that may not happen soon.
Jan 20 - 8:52 PM

Jeremy Lamb made just 4-of-13 shots to score 10 points on Sunday, hitting two 3-pointers with five rebounds, two assists and one block.

Lamb's minutes were up to 30 tonight, at least, for just the second time in the past seven games. His defensive stats have dried up in the past dozen games, with 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks, and until that ticks up he's just a low-end guy in most formats. It doesn't help that Charlotte has a poor two-game slate next week.
Jan 20 - 8:51 PM

Nicolas Batum made 1-of-4 shots to finish Sunday's road loss with six points, seven boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

Batum hasn't attempted more than seven shots in a game since mid-December, so the low scoring is no surprise. The Hornets as a team are shooting just 57.2% within five feet of the hoop this season, worse than every team but the Knicks, and it doesn't help that Batum and Marvin Williams prefer to live beyond the arc -- they combined for 12 shots from deep tonight, but just four inside 10 feet. Both guys are better in roto thanks to a consistent dose of across-the-board stats.
Jan 20 - 8:50 PM

Bismack Biyombo had his third double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds with one block in 24 minutes.

The veteran went off vs. Phoenix in his last game for 11/13/3 with five blocks, and anyone playing him for low-end value recently has to be thrilled. He's prone to occasional duds, as we saw on Thursday, but should remain a cheap source of boards, blocks and FG% -- that is, until Cody Zeller (hand) returns or coach James Borrego decides to start Willy Hernangomez (six points, three boards).
Jan 20 - 8:49 PM

Kemba Walker led a well-balanced attack during a 135-115 win over the Suns on Saturday, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

The Hornets had eight guys in double-figure scoring to get this game to garbage time. Walker matched his season-high eight boards after not topping four in any of his previous five games. He'll get a tough matchup against the Pacers on Sunday after scoring just 16 against them in the first meeting, but Walker has scored 29.7 on no rest, as well.
Jan 19 - 8:19 PM

Bismack Biyombo owned the paint in 27 minutes against the Suns on Saturday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and five blocks.

After a mega dud on Thursday with just nine minutes, the matchup against the Suns was just what the doctor order. He made Deandre Ayton look like he forgot how big he was, and he picked up five offensive boards, as well. This is going to be a headache for fantasy owners and Cody Zeller should be back soon, so Biyombo is more of a 14-team guy. He is an option to stream on Sunday against the Pacers in shallower leagues, too.
Jan 19 - 8:15 PM

Willy Hernangomez scored nine points with 13 rebounds and two turnovers in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He did foul out to keep him away from the full garbage time experience. Hernangomez is playing better and had an 11-16 line on Thursday, but today was a negative for him because Bismack Biyombo bounced back big time. Hernangomez is more of a 14-team option, but he should be a popular Sunday stream option in leagues with a game against the Pacers.
Jan 19 - 8:12 PM

Kemba Walker made 9-of-21 from the field for 23 points during a 114-95 win over the Kings on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It's been a roller coster ride for Kemba's field goal percentage, but he's been above 40% for three straight after only clearing 40% just once in his first five games of 2019. Walker also hasn't been as strong at the line, but he is still getting the usage overall. He has trended down from his hot start, but he should still be an early-round player going forward.
Jan 17 - 9:54 PM

Bismack Biyombo played just nine minutes against the Kings in a start on Thursday, turning in a 0.0 usage rate with two rebounds and one block.

Willy Hernangomez outplayed him in this pace-up game, and the Hornets still used some no-center lineups. Biyombo has been making a minor impact in the blocking category, but he has been really quiet since two weekends ago when he double-doubled against Denver on Jan. 5. Over the last five, he's averaged just 4.6 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.2 steals. It makes a lot of sense to drop him in most leagues because even if he somehow turns it around he'll be a drop next month when Cody Zeller (hand) comes back anyway.
Jan 17 - 9:51 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist matched a season-high 15 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

Coach James Borrego put him out there as a five against Harry Giles, and the Kings' style was right in his wheelhouse. His defensive stats are down again this year, so he will have a tough time having value while the Hornets are healthy.
Jan 17 - 9:48 PM

Malik Monk saw just 13 minutes of action against the Kings on Thursday with five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

He had Devonte' Graham in front of him at first, but Monk did see minutes in the fourth before it was garbage time. Still, the playing time just won't be there while Jeremy Lamb is healthy, and he wouldn't even be a hot pickup even if Lamb missed time.
Jan 17 - 9:45 PM

Miles Bridges made 6-of-9 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

Before today, his playing time was creeping up because of garbage time, but this time Bridges cut into Nicolas Batum's playing time today. It's no secret the Hornets want to unload Batum in a trade, so that possibility makes Bridges a name to watch in fantasy leagues. He's only worth a stash in very deep formats for now.
Jan 17 - 9:43 PM

Willy Hernangomez had one of his stronger games off the bench against the Kings on Thursday, matching his career-high 16 boards with 11 points, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

He was the first player off the bench with the Hornets falling behind to start the game, and perhaps the matchup was a factor for Bismack Biyombo, who played just nine minutes. Even with the strong game, Willy did not close with the Hornets holding a lead, so Borrego doesn't trust him all the way yet. He did not top 14 minutes in any of his previous four outings, so he would only be a desperation add in deeper leagues to see if he can keep it going. Willy isn't free just yet.
Jan 17 - 9:42 PM

Marvin Williams picked up three steals against the Kings on Thursday, adding 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block, no turnovers and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

HIs playing time has been somewhat safe and he does see spot minutes at center with Cody Zeller (hand) still on the shelf -- he saw some time at the five in the fourth. Williams' scoring has taken a hit lately, but he's been solid in the other areas over his previous January games with averages of 11.3 points, 5.7 boards, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.3 treys. Williams is well worth holding in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 9:38 PM

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