September 21, 2018, 4:29 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak stated that "we’ve got one All-Star, and a whole lot of players who are going to have to find their way or separate themselves in training camp."
He also mentioned that he thinks coach James Borrego is still working on his rotations but that "it’s hard for me to look at the (roster) board and think, ‘Hey, this guy, this guy and this guy are going to play 35 minutes for sure." It looks like outside of Walker we'll have to wait until preseason to see how players like Nic Batum, Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fit into Borrego's plans to amp the tempo.
Source: Charlotte Observer
September 11, 2018, 5:00 pmCody Zeller - C/F - Charlotte Hornets
On Tuesday, James Borrego said that Kemba Walker is the team's only locked-in starter heading into training camp.
With four jobs up for grabs, fantasy players will want to keep a close eye on Charlotte in the preseason. Nicolas Batum seems like a strong bet to win one of the spots on the wing, with Jeremy Lamb, Miles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist competing for the other. MKG seems likely to lose minutes this season and Lamb is the guy you'll want in standard-sized leagues regardless of who wins the battle. Up front Cody Zeller will need to stave off Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo, with Hernangomez offering middle-round upside in the role while Zeller would offer up quiet late-round numbers. Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky should compete for the power forward spot with Williams holding the edge.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
September 10, 2018, 9:39 amNicolas Batum - G/F - Charlotte Hornets
Hornets head coach James Borrego said he expects Nicolas Batum to handle and distribute the ball more than he did during the 2017-18 season.
Despite averaging 5.5 assists last season Borrego said he believes Batum could have distributed even more if it wasn't for Dwight Howard dominating possessions in the post. Batum is expected to slide over and primarily play small forward this season and should be available at a discount on draft days after seeing his scoring, rebounding and assists totals dip compared to previous seasons.
September 3, 2018, 11:46 amJeremy Lamb - G - Charlotte Hornets
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Malik Monk and Jeremy Lamb have the best chances to open the season at shooting guard for the Hornets.
For this to happen Nic Batum would have to slide over to small forward. The Hornets are still extremely deep on the wing and have plenty of options to mix and match with limiting the upside of both Monk and Lamb.
September 3, 2018, 11:36 amFrank Kaminsky - F/C - Charlotte Hornets
Frank Kaminsky is expected to play a majority of his minutes at the center position during the 2018-19 season.
The Hornets have plenty of options at center with Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo in the mix, but Kaminsky offers the Hornets the best opportunity to space the floor. He will see see time at power forward as well, but unless an injury takes place Kaminsky is still sharing minutes limiting him to deeper leagues.
May 13, 2018, 1:32 pmCharlotte Hornets - Team - Charlotte Hornets
Hornets want coach James Borrego to make young players better now, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Frank Kaminsky.
Kidd-Gilchrist is a former No.2 overall pick who hasn't quite panned out in the NBA and Kaminsky has shown flashes, but hasn't been able to produce consistently. "There’s a group of young guys that, after this summer, should take a major leap," said Borrego. However, if that group of players doesn't get better their roles on the team could certainly be in jeopardy.
Source: Charlotte Observer
April 13, 2018, 10:14 amSteve Clifford - Team - Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets have relieved Steve Clifford of his head coaching duties.
It isn't exactly shocking news coming off of the new GM hire in Mitch Kupchak and Clifford and the Hornets underperforming all season going 36-46 and missing playoffs. Clifford held a 196-214 record over the past five seasons serving as head coach in Charlotte.
Source: Adrian Wognarowski on Twitter
April 11, 2018, 8:43 amKemba Walker - PG - Charlotte Hornets
In his introductory press conference on Monday, Mitch Kupchak didn’t sound the least concerned about All-Star Kemba Walker repeatedly mentioning his distaste for losing.
“I don’t think that’s something to overreact to. I like a player that doesn’t want to be somewhere where he’s going to lose. That’s a good thing,” said Kupchak, replying to a direct question about Kemba’s future in Charlotte. It’s still too early to tell but It doesn’t sound like Kupchak is resolved (at least yet) to having to deal Walker in anticipation of his contract expiring at the end of next season. “I’m very aware of his talent and my understanding is he’s great in the locker room and great in the community. I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to have a player like that going forward.” The Hornets’ new GM will meet with Walker and the rest of the Hornets starting Wednesday in what looks like a long offseason in Charlotte. Kemba had a great season returning top-25 value while playing in 80 games and his fantasy production will most likely remain the same even if he’s moved in the summer.
Source: Charlotte Observer
April 10, 2018, 9:51 pmKemba Walker - PG - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker scored an easy 15 points on Tuesday night, ending his season by shooting 6-of-11 with five assists and three 3-pointers in only 25 minutes.
The Hornets took it easy on their star, who will watch the postseason from home after another excellent season. There was minimal change in Walker's statline from last year to this one, with the small exceptions of a minor dip in field goal percentage and rebounding. As such, it's no shock that Kemba was a top-30 per-game player with top-15 total value thanks to 80 games played. He's consistent as they come, and now it's on the Hornets to surround him with better support in his walk year.
April 10, 2018, 9:43 pmDwight Howard - C - Charlotte Hornets
Dwight Howard picked up 14 points, 17 rebounds and a block in Tuesday's season finale against the Pacers.
Howard split his four freebies and was only 6-of-14 from the field. It's emblematic of his season, as Dwight continued to stick with his tried and tested stat profile of massive rebounding totals, great blocks and a field goal percentage that's slightly lower than you think to go with unavoidably bad marks from the free throw line. Howard's 2.6 turnovers per game also hurt him considerably, as he finished the season as the 100th-ranked player in per-game 8-cat value but fell to 151st in 9-cat. He did play in 80 games, helping balloon his total value to top-65/110 levels. If you were punting free throws, however, he turns into an early-round stud. Expect more of the same next year.