NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-26-2015
Charlotte Hornets Must Get More Close in Shots from Their Big Men to Better Their Offense
The 2014-15 Charlotte Hornets finished the regular season with a record of 33-49. There were the 11th seed in the Eastern conference and was five games behind the eighth seeded Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot.
The Hornets struggled on the offensive end of the court. They were the 29th and second worst shooting team in the NBA last year by hitting on 42% from the field. They were last in the NBA in three point shooting as they make 31.8% from beyond the arc.
They selected ninth and it was a lottery selection in the draft and they took Frank Kaminsky from the Wisconsin Badgers. There were some huge concerns over Kaminsky about his defensive prowess on the court. He is not fast footed and is very slow to rotate. He did benefit by playing in a very slow down style at Wisconsin so the pace of the game will be much faster in the NBA. Kaminsky was a four year starter in college and didn’t leave early to the NBA because of the heavy concern about him playing defense. It was a reach to take Kaminsky because he figures to be at the best a bench player who will be asked to line up outside the three point line to launch three’s and hope he can match up defensively against an opponent’s reserve player.
Steve Clifford is the Hornets head coach who enters his third year with the team. They were 43-39 two years ago and had a first round exit in the playoffs. The Hornets have been a bad shooting team for years now because their guards take way too many of the team’s shots. They need more quality looks around the bucket.
Charlotte Hornets PG:
He enters his fourth year in the league and missed 20 games a season ago. Walker played 34 minutes and shot just 38.5% from the field with 30.4% from beyond the arc. He put up 17 points a game but took a lot of shots because the Hornets lack quality big men last year with skill around the bucket. Walker is not recommended for one day league’s because he is bad shooter and doesn’t dish enough assists or grabs enough rebounds for fantasy points.
Charlotte Hornets SG:
He comes over after spending his first seven years with the Portland Trailblazers. He is entering the prime of his career at 26 years old. Last year he shot 40% after shooting 46.5% from the field two seasons ago. He had a low in points and shooting from the previous five seasons. Batum has a shot at being a team leader for Charlotte. Now he will be asked to score more and that should work well for the Hornets goal of improving offensively.
Charlotte Hornets PF:
Zeller enters his third year in the NBA. He was selected in the first round in 2013 by Charlotte and the fourth overall pick in the draft. He played only 24 minutes a game last year and shot 46.1% from the field with 7.6 points per game average. He did grab nearly six boards a game in those limited minutes he played. The Hornets seven footer took only six shots a game and needs a lot more to improve this club.
Charlotte Hornets SF:
This ten year pro has ten years of service. He shot just 42% from the floor and grabbed only five rebounds in his 26 minutes a game with Charlotte last season. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for most of the year Williams minutes will increase.
Charlotte Hornets C:
The 30 year old has logged in 11 years in the league. He shoots for high percentage at 50% career mark. He is a big body who rebounds and can get close in shots. Now if they can get more offense up close from Zeller they can show some improvement in the standings.