Player News - Hornets

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Kemba Walker scored 30 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and four 3-pointers during a 108-91 win over the Bulls on Monday.

He's having an awesome year and he might be able to get an All-Star nod with Jimmy Butler (knee) possibly not ready to play in Toronto. Walker should be close to a top-20 player going forward.
Feb 8 - 9:59 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a season-high 20 points against the Bulls on Monday with seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

He hit his third 3-pointer of the season, which matches his career total from his first three seasons. Kidd-Gilchrist has expanded his offensive game this year and he's still just 22 years old, so he could grow a little more in his fourth season. He should be more of a late-round guy even with the extra output from 3.
Feb 8 - 9:52 PM

Cody Zeller scored five points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

He lost some minutes to Spencer Hawes tonight, which has been happening since he returned from a shoulder injury. While Zeller hasn't turned it around yet, he's still a hold in most leagues.
Feb 8 - 9:46 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three 3-pointers against the Bulls on Monday.

That's three magnificent games from the Frenchman. In those three, Batum averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 3.3 treys on 53.3 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Batum figures to be an early-round player going forward.
Feb 8 - 9:44 PM

Aaron Harrison has been recalled from his D-League stint.

Harrison is not a meaningful part of the rotation in Charlotte, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Feb 7 - 6:30 PM

Al Jefferson (knee surgery) began non-contact and conditioning drills on Saturday, Jan. 30.

"My lungs hurt," he said, "but it still feels good to get back on the court and get back running again, and don't feel pain when I run." When asked about his return date, Big Al replied, "They said it depends on how I feel. If I had my way, I'd like to get at least one game, maybe two games, in before the break." There have been no indications that Jefferson will play this week, and the Hornets will assuredly be cautious with his return, so owners shouldn't expect to see him until after the All-Star break. If he's still floating on your waiver wire, it's time to think about grabbing him.
Feb 7 - 5:06 PM

Nicolas Batum was everywhere during a 108-104 win over the Wizards on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and six turnovers in 44 minutes.

Yeah, that toe issue looks like it's behind him. Batum was the focal point of the offense and coach Steve Clifford allows him to read the defense to create the flow. He's coming off a 21-point gem on Friday, so his owners can obviously take their finger away from the panic button after a couple weeks of worry. Expect him to be an early-round player going forward.
Feb 6 - 9:49 PM

Cody Zeller scored eight points with nine rebounds, one assist and three steals in 30 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

The scoring numbers won't be there for Zeller, but he should be able to be a top-100 player in standard leagues or in that neighborhood at least until Al Jefferson (knee) gets back. He was putting up top-50 value for over a month's time to close 2015, so he is worth owning in standard leagues despite the slow start since returning from a shoulder injury.
Feb 6 - 9:43 PM

Kemba Walker scored 23 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers against the Wizards on Saturday.

He did look hobbled momentarily in the second half, but there was no sign of him receiving medical attention. Walker is back in the swing of things in no time after getting his knee drained on Wednesday with a 20-point game coming on Friday. Expect him to maintain his status as a top-25 player going forward.
Feb 6 - 9:40 PM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored nine points with no rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He actually lost some minutes to Jeremy Lin tonight with the Hornets playing Nicolas Batum at the three down the stretch. Kidd-Gilchrist also attempted two 3-pointers tonight, so his five attempts in five games are a surprise after not taking any last year -- he's made two. MKG is more of a late-round guy.
Feb 6 - 9:37 PM

Kemba Walker had his left knee drained on Wednesday.

He sat out of Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers due to the procedure, but he returned on Friday vs. the Heat and looked great, scoring 20 points in 36 minutes. Walker's knee issue doesn't appear to be too serious, but it's something to keep an eye on if the Hornets fall out of the playoff hunt.
Feb 6 - 10:35 AM

Marvin Williams scored 27 points against the Heat on Friday during a 98-95 loss with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

His contract-year game is quite strong and the stretch four being en vogue looks great for him. Williams has put to bed any concern of Frank Kaminsky taking his minutes and the return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has helped him. Marvin has second-round value in his last eight games.
Feb 5 - 11:03 PM

Frank Kaminsky did not score in 16 minutes with three rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He's lost all his momentum as Marvin Williams is running away with the power forward minutes. Plus, Marvin plays all his minutes at power forward now because of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being back, so there is little opportunity for Frank. If you haven't already, drop him.
Feb 5 - 11:00 PM

Kemba Walker scored 20 points against the Heat on Friday with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

He played 36 minutes and there were no signs of limitations. Walker's knee injury is more of the wear-and-tear variety, so he probably just needs to make it to the break unscathed to get close to 100 percent. He sitting pretty as a top-20 player this season.
Feb 5 - 10:57 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 21 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Friday.

This is the Batum we grew to love back in November. Hopefully his toe injury is behind him and he can go back to being a guy capable of putting up top-30 value. Batum could be on his way after tonight.
Feb 5 - 10:55 PM


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