July 7, 2020, 10:19 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
P.J. Washington was one of bigger pleasant surprises from the rookie class of 2019, making a name for himself with the Hornets as a key player and finishing the season ranked 142/159 in 8/9-cat per-game value and 126/136 in 8/9-cat on total value.
As a rookie, Washington proved doubters that he was far more NBA-ready than initially projected. A strong Summer League and promising preseason run, translated reasonably well into viable fantasy value. Washington ended up playing 58 games for the Hornets and notched averages of 12.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.5 3PG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG in just over 30 minutes per game. Still, Washington's biggest weakness remains his .647 shooting percentage from the free throw line. Overall, he gets solid marks for passing the eye test and flashing some promising impact on the box score on occasion.
July 7, 2020, 10:09 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller took a step backward during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year ranked 178 in 8-cat and 185 in 9-cat.
The emergence and immediate productivity of rookie PJ Washington was a key reason for Zeller's rather disappointing year. He played in all but seven of the Hornets' games but had a rough stretch in February that included three straight DNP-CD's to close out the month. Zeller, as one might expect, came back strong after that absence, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks in five games to close out his 2019-20 campaign. Zeller will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
July 7, 2020, 9:53 pmCaleb MartinSG-SF, Charlotte Hornets
Caleb Martin, twin brother of Cody Martin, closed out the 2019-20 season playing his best basketball of the season for the Hornets after spending the majority of the year in the G League.
Martin played over 35 minutes in both of the Hornets' final two games in March. He finished inside the top-270 in both 8 and 9-cat leagues and was ranked inside the top-125 during the final two weeks before the season was suspended. In 21.7 minutes per game over the course of those two weeks at the end of February and into March, Martin put up per-game averages of 8.9 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 3PT. In addition, he went 20-for-37 from beyond the arc (in 18 games played), good for 54 percent. That is a very promising number, albeit in a fairly small sample size, so the Hornets are obviously hoping he can maintain his prowess from deep next season.
July 7, 2020, 9:49 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Despite the departure of Kemba Walker, Malik Monk remained mostly unimpressive in 2019-20 with averages of 10.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 2.9 RPG and 2.1 APG to finish ranked 257/277 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Monk logged 55 games for the Hornets this season but could not hold any real momentum, except in February where he was able to string together an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring. His strong run came to a screeching halt when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program. Monk was eventually reinstated during the hiatus brought about by the coronavirus.
July 7, 2020, 9:29 pmJalen McDanielsPF, Charlotte Hornets
Jalen McDaniels, who was on the Hornets roster when the league went on pause in March, played only 16 games for the team in 2019-2020, all but two of which came in succession to close out the year.
The plan all along, per GM Mitch Kupchak prior to the season, was for McDaniels to spend most of the season in the G League with Greensboro. A 6-foot-10, 195 pound power forward out of San Diego State, who was drafted 52nd overall in the 2019 draft, McDaniels played well in limited action (18.3 minutes per game) with the big club. He averaged 5.6 points, 4.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers per game and will look to carve out a role with the Hornets in 2020-21.
July 7, 2020, 9:03 pmBismack BiyomboC, Charlotte Hornets
Thanks to injuries that sidelined Cody Zeller in 2019-20, Bismack Biyombo managed to serve as a streamable shot-blocking specialist for fantasy teams, finishing the season with averages of 7.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 0.9 BPG on .543 shooting in 19.4 minutes per game.
Through 53 games, Biyombo managed to produce total value just outside of the top-250. However, his per-game value at 299/306 in 8/9-cat formats. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of his stat line and the drawback of his .603 free throw shooting, Biyombo was not able to contribute more than his rim protection during his run as a starter.
July 7, 2020, 8:40 pmWilly HernangomezC, Charlotte Hornets
Second-year Hornets big man Willy Hernangomez finished the 2019-20 season ranked 345/364 in 8/9-cat in Per Game value and 347/353 in 8/9-cat total value in 31 games played.
Despite the Hornets' thin frontcourt, Hernangomez was unable to earn any significant minutes. The team's decision to go "ultra-small" as a playstyle didn't help his cause either as Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo came away with most of the minutes at center. In just 12.1 minutes per game, Hernangomez recorded averages of 6.1 PPG and 4.4 RPG on .529 shooting from the field. Until a team finds a way to feed this young Spaniard some quality time, he's not going to be a fantasy-relevant any time soon.
June 11, 2020, 9:24 pmRay SpaldingPF, Charlotte Hornets
Ray Spalding underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Thursday.
Spalding isn't really on the radar to get minutes even if the Hornets were involved in the league restart, but we'll update this as news develops.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
June 8, 2020, 12:24 pmMalik MonkSG, Charlotte Hornets
Malik Monk, who was suspended indefinitely for violating the NBA's anti-drug program back in February, was reinstated during the hiatus.
The suspension makes this another tough season in Monk's rocky career despite his on-court play hitting its highest level yet. Finishing the year with averages of 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 threes and a 43.4% mark from the field, Monk had moments of standard-league viability, but ultimately without consistency and an increase in 3-pointers — the alleged sharpshooter hit just 28.4% from distance — it's hard to see Monk make serious waves in fantasy hoops.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 25, 2020, 3:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.
With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.
Source: Charlotte Hornets
March 11, 2020, 10:18 pmDevonte' GrahamPG, Charlotte Hornets
Devonte' Graham was spectacular on Wednesday night, finishing with 30 points (11-19 FG, 8-11 3PT), one rebounds, six assists and a steal to his name.
Graham was firing on all cylinders sinking eight triples tonight. He clearly is a special young talent and can lead a team when needed.
March 11, 2020, 10:14 pmCaleb MartinSG-SF, Charlotte Hornets
Caleb Martin turned 35 minutes off the bench into 19 points (4-12 FG, 3-6 3PT, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and four steals on Wednesday evening.
Martin struggle with his shot inside the arc, but put up some counting stats to make up for it. He was a suitable replacement to an absent Terry Rozier tonight. Miles Bridges saw more opportunity as well, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.
March 11, 2020, 10:10 pmCody ZellerC, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Zeller made an impact as the starting center on Wednesday, turning in a line of 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Zeller was productive in 22 minutes of play, while Willy Hernangomez didn't see any action. Zeller is capable of putting up solid stats when given the minutes in this lineup. It's just hard to count on a consistent spot for him.
March 11, 2020, 6:10 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier was a late addition to the injury report and will ultimately miss Wednesday’s game against the Heat due to an illness.
Rozier is coming off a night in which he got career-highs in field goals made, three-pointers made and points so it is unfortunate to have him miss time. Devonte’ Graham will be leaned on more heavily while Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels will see additional opportunity. Joe Chealey, who has played in four games over his two-year career, could even see some minutes off the bench.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 4:45 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier (illness) is now listed as questionable to play in Wednesday's contest vs. the Heat.
Rozier was previously listed as probable so this update doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up on Wednesday. If Rozier does sit out, Devonte' Graham will be the primary beneficiary while Caleb Martin will look to build upon a solid showing in the team's last game. Continue to monitor for updates but plan alternate arrangements if Rozier is on your roster.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter