Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch

There is a three NBA Playoffs Game 2 set for the evening. The Hornets are in Miami, the Cavs host the Pistons and the TrailBlazers  hope to win in L.A. against the Clippers. All home team have taken Game 1 of the series. It will be the last chance for those visiting clubs to take over the series lead at home for Game 3. So expect a lot of pressure from the underdogs tonight. We’ve listed the top 20 fantasy points producers from their previous game in FanPicks Fantasy Basketball Courtside Watch.Fantasy Basketball

Cleveland’s big three got things done in the first game versus Detroit. Kyrie Irving was the biggest draw with a total of 36.5 fantasy points. LeBron James and Kevin Love came a close second and third with 36 and 35 fantasy points of their own. No other Cavs players were that significant in Game 1, leaving to wonder that they must just be relying on those three to provide the score day in and day out. There’s is no doubt that LeBron is the main man of the bunch, and could enjoy some huge fantasy production for at-least the first two rounds of playoffs. Love, for his part, should be providing regular rebounding defense in the double-digits. This leaves Irving with doubts on if his production level will stay in par with his teammates. He collected 31 points in the game, which contributed for most of his fantasy points production. The point guard came second in Cleveland’s scoring, behind poster boy LeBron James. So it would be doubtful that Irving could score more than King James on the regular, leaving him on the outside looking in. Other top 20 options at the guard position would be L.A.’s Chris Paul, Portland’s, Damon Lillard and Miami’s Dwayne Wade. Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum led the charge against the Heat, he should be a sleeper to provide the points again today.

Which player is going to stand out in tonights fantasy basketball matchups? Can Chris Paul top the list once again? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to enter in your DFS lineup at FanPicks .com. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for the fantasy basketball courtside watch posted daily.

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NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview – Eastern Conference

Every team in the NBA playoffs would love to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June but the road to an NBA Championship is a long and difficult one. This NBA Playoffs Fantasy Basketball Preview of the Eastern Conference is is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

What does 1st round NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs Bracket look like:

 

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Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference matchups:

 

(# 1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (# 8) Detroit Pistons:

LeBron James has never lost a 1st round series game yet in his career and on top of that, not a single loss since May 2012 against the Knicks.  The Cavs are high favorites in this contest against the Detroit Pistons. They will just need to keep their offense flow running as well as getting past the 1st round very healthy. They suffered the loss of Kevin Love against the Celtics last year, really hurting them in the finals against the Warriors.

Detroit made it this far and should feel very happy. With a win or two against the Cavs, they can rub their shoulders with satisfaction of a decent ending. It will allow their big superstar Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to get some playoff experience and feel the difference between postseason and regular season action, as well as a first step for this organization’s process to come back slowly in the top half of the Eastern Conference.

 

(# 2) Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers (# 7):

After falling in a thrilling 7 game series against the Brooklyn Nets before being surprisingly swept by John Wall’s Wizards last year, the Raptors in Round 1 have been playing below their potential. This year, it seems that the core is playing differently and full of confidence. Going past Round 1 is more than doable and it would even be a disappointment for Toronto to not see them in the conference finals. They will simply need Kyle Lowry and DeRozan to be healthy and productive to lead this Raptors team to another level.

For much of his playoff career, Paul George had players like David West, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson helping him out as Indiana was always a force in the East. However, this is the first time that George will have no one to lean on. He will still get some help from the impressive rookie Myles Turner in the frontcourt and from veteran guards George Hill with Monta Ellis.

 

(# 3) Miami Heat vs (# 6) Charlotte Hornets:

Miami was among the 4 teams completely knotted in the middle of the Eastern Conference  and ended up with an acceptable 48-34 record. Heat and Hawks were lucky in the tiebreakers and were granted home court for the 1st round. Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson are huge addition off the bench for the Heat and helping out with respective 20 + minutes games. The two shoot for an impressive 46.7% at home this season and 41.2% on the road.

Charlotte is the only team in the playoffs that doesn’t have an All-Star player in their roster. They will solely rely on Kemba Walker, their long range shooting, scrappy defense and efficiency in all these sectors. If they end up with a possible upset on this one, it will validate their coach Steve Clifford’s as one of the best coaching minds in the NBA

 

Atlanta Hawks vs (# 5) Boston Celtics:

The Hawks entered the playoffs last year with 60 wins and with something to prove. This year, they will agains have to prove themselves The Atlanta Hawks entered the postseason last year looking to prove that they were as good as their East-leading 60 victories. This year, the Hawks still have something to prove. They’re much better than their 4th place finish and can make another run at the Conference finals. They’re backed up by their start players Jeff Teague and Al Horford that will need to be key in this series against Boston.

The Celtics are really the dark horse of the Eastern Conference. Their players’ goal this season was to build from what they started last season. It really meant that they wanted to get back in the playoffs and be more competitive. A 48 win season is a great step towards their goal.

 

 

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NBA Fantasy Basketball News 76ers vs Hornets

FanPicks is proud to bring you this NBA Fantasy Basketball News. Come play in our NBA Magic Million contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks. The Philadelphia 76ers (9-66) make their way to Time Warner Cable Arena for the second of back-to-back match-up with the Charlotte Hornets (43-31).Fantasy Basketball

The 76ers fell to the visiting Hornets on Tuesday night, 100-85, their 10th consecutive defeat. Robert Covington led the squad in scoring with 18 points, hauling in 7 rebounds while shooting 6 of 16 from the field and 6 of 14 from field goal range. Covington recorded 3 steals in the loss and is second on the team in steals on the season, averaging 1.6 per match up. Nik Stauskas came off the bench to score 13 points, 3 rebounds and a pair of triples, while Ish Smith provided 15 points, 6 assists and 3 boards, going 6 of 17 from the paint and 3 of 8 from long range. Hollis Thompson recorded 10 boards to add to his 8 points as Philadelphia is poised to finish their season with the worst record in the league. With seven contests remaining on their schedule, the Sixers will have to tend with the likes of the Pacers, Raptors and Bulls if they hope to etch their 10th win.

The Hornets shot 43.7% from field goal range and 28% from deep in their 100-85 road victory over the 76ers on Tuesday, helping to keep the club in play in the Eastern Conference mid-seed log jam. Winners of four of their last five outings, the team was topped by Nicolas Batum who posted a triple-double, his second of the season and sixth of his career, with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Batum is the second-leading attacking threat for Charlotte, averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 dimes over 65 games played. Cody Zeller had a double-double on the back of an 18-point, 11-board performance, shooting 7 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the paint, while Kemba Walker recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 triples. The Hornets are in sixth place in the East but control their own destiny, capable of reaching as high as third seed as they join both the Celtics and Heat at nine games behind the first place Cavaliers.

Top Fantasy Picks 

G Ish Smith (PHI)

F Robert Covington (PHI)

F Nicolas Batum (CHA)

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Fantasy Basketball Money Picks Hornets vs 76ers

Dominate your competion with our NBA Fantasy Basketball Money Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Philadelphia 76ers (9-65) play host to the Charlotte Hornets (42-31)  at Wells Fargo Center.

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The Hornets come into this match-up winning three of their last four and that form is indicative of their second half. Charlotte has been one of the best teams in the NBA since the All-Star break and they miraculously have a shot at reaching the number three-seed in the east. The offense is what’s going for them, as they have rank top-five in scoring since the halfway mark of the season. The defense isn’t too bad either, as they rank ninth in points given as well.

Philadelphia continues their difficult stretch, as they have been defeated 22 of their last 23 games. That’s not indicative of how well they have been performing though, as the last three losses have all been close contests versus solid competition. The injuries are beginning to turn into a nuisance as well, with Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant and Jahlil Okafor all expected to miss this match-up.

With the shape of these teams, look for the 76ers to take it on home soil.

Top Fantasy Picks

G Ish Smith (PHI)

F Carl Landry (PHI)

F Hollis Thompson (PHI)

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New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets –NBA Basketball Preview 01/23/16

The Playoffs-hopeful New York Knicks (22-23) travel to Charlotte on Saturday night to meet the Hornets (20-23). The Knicks are the odd favorites to win (line: -1.5). Play the most exciting daily fantasy basketball contest, including the newest Point Spread  and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.

Starting lineup

The Knicks ended their 2 game winning streak last night after losing a tough defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers at home, 116-88. Team leading Carmelo Anthony shot 4 for 12 from the field and recorded 16 pts. The rookies, Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant both put up 13 points. This loss leaves the Knicks in the 3rd spot of the Atlantic Division, 6 games behind leaders Toronto Raptors. They have a tough schedule ahead of them for the next 8 games facing top teams like the Warriors and the Raptors.

 

After an horrendous start to their season, the Hornets are trying to get their form back and showed it Friday night during their victory on the road to the Orlando Magic, 120-116. Kemba Walker had another amazing night adding 40 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Coming off the bench, Troy Daniels added 17 points, while both Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes recorded double-doubles. This victory, their first away from home in 10 games is a huge confidence booster for them.

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Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic – 01/22/16 Preview

 

The Charlotte Hornets (19-23) will travel to Orlando on Friday to battle the strugglingMagic (20-21). The Magic are the odds favorites to win (line: -3.5). Here is the projected lineup for tonight:

Projected Lineup

Starting Lineup

The Hornets are coming off a 109-95 loss on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder this Wednesday and now having lost 10 of their last 12 games. They’re not looking like the promising young team from November that was 10-5. Red hot Kemba Walker was the leading scorer for Charlotte in the contest with a 21 pts contribution. Walker is averaging 19.9 points this season and his stats are beneficiating from the numerous games missed to injury and suspension of Al Jefferson. Jeremy Lin recorded 16 pts off the bench while Frank Kaminsky III put up 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the defeat. Charlotte remains in last place of their division and will return at home to take on the Knicks Saturday before heading on a 4 game road trip next week in the West.

The Magic’s struggle continues and worsens week by week. Seen as a playoff favorite back in the fall, things seem to be getting worst for Orlando with its recent loss to the 76ers, 96-87 on Wednesday, the worst team in the NBA, 96-87. Elfrid Payton (21 pts, 10 rebounds), Nikola Vucevic (15 pts, 11 assists) and Tobias Harris (15 pts, 10 rebounds) all posted double-doubles in the defeat. The team shot only 39.3% from the field and 23.5% from long range. Star player Victor Oladipo missed his 2nd straight game and is questionable for Friday due to a knee injury. Orlando is 12-10 on the road.

 

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Charlotte Hornets  vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Author : Aldo Panessidi

The Charlotte Hornets (18-20) will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans (12-26) on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Hornets finally were able to get a quality win on Wednesday, snapping a seven-game losing streak. It was their first victory in the new year, defeating the Hawks 107-84. During their skid, the Hornets fell to last place in the Southeast Division. While the Hornets are a dreadful 4-13 on the road this season, they get to travel to New Orleans, who has a 7-9 mark at home this year. In Wednesday’s win, Jeremy Lamb was forced to leave the game after he sprained his right big toe. His status for Friday is still up in the air and likely won’t be made until game-time. The Hornets will look to sure up their defense if they want to continue their winning ways, as they haven’t beat a team who has shot over 42 percent since Nov. 23.

There is good news for the Hornets, the Pelicans have been shooting just under 40 percent in their past four games, which has resulted in a 1-3 record. The ended their three-game road trip on a high note, defeating the Kings 109-97 on Wednesday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon led the way in the win, each contributed 24 points. It was Davis’ first game back after a two-game absence due to a lower-back contusion. With Davis back in the lineup, Ryan Anderson is now back on the bench. He scored 18 in his bench-role on Wednesday, which was more points than he had in either of his two starts. Tyreke Evans is questionable for Friday’s game after leaving Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with due to tendinitis in his right knee. The Hornets and Pelicans have split their matchups evenly the past two seasons.

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets

 

The Atlanta Hawks  (23-15) will be hosted by the Charlotte Hornets  (17-20) on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup The Hawks are coming off an impressive 120-105 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, holding onto first place in the Southeast Division with a one game lead over the second place Miami Heat. Al Horford had a huge night as the leading producer for Atlanta, dropping a season-best 33 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists while making 15 of 21 shots from the field. Paul Millsap added 18 points and 8 board of his own and Kyle Korver put up 13 points and 3 of 6 three-point attempts as the Hawks have regained some of the form that made them the number one seed coming out of the East last season. The team ranks third in the league in assists, averaging 25.5 per game, behind only Golden State and San Antonio. Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder and Millsap combine to average 13.6 of those assists. The team plays eight of their next eleven games on the road, where they hold down a 10-8 record.

Charlotte is in a freefall and trying to figure out a way to right their ship after squandering a promising start to their season. The team is returning home from a four-game road trip with no wins under their belt and are suffering through a seven-game skid. Their latest defeat came on Sunday night in Denver as they were bested by the Nuggets, 95-92. Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lamb both had 15 points apiece to lead the Hornets in scoring, yet Lamb made only 1 of 5 shots from beyond the arc, indicative of his team’s shooting woes all game. Charlotte shot 36.1% from the paint and 33.3% from long range in the loss, which sends them to the basement of the Southeast Division where they once threatened to reign over after a 10-5 November. Nicolas Batum returned to the starting lineup for Charlotte after a four-game absence with a sprained toe and put up 9 points. Batum is the second-leading scorer for the Hornets, averaging 16 points per contest.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

 

Two teams headed in opposite directions early in 2016 meet on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles as the free-falling Charlotte Hornets (17-18) take on the white hot Clippers (23-13). Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting LineupThe Hornets are looking like a shell of the team that went 10-5 in November and 7-7 in December. Winless in 2016 and losers of eight of their last ten match-ups, the team that once threatened to make some noise in the Southeast now sits at fourth place in the division and are coming off a 111-102 road loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. All five Hornets starters managed to post double digits in the defeat, which saw Kemba Walker once again lead the club in scoring with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists, while Jeremy Lin and Marvin Williams each contributed 15 points apiece. Cody Zeller put up a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a game that saw Charlotte unable to overcome a slew of defensive flubs down the stretch. Part of the team’s woes comes down to their injured list, which features Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) out for the season and Al Jefferson (knee) out as long as six weeks after undergoing meniscus tear surgery last week.

The Clippers, meanwhile, have entered the new year as the hottest team in the NBA after a somewhat bumpy start to the season. The unit was 10-8 at the end of November but have won seven consecutive games, the latest on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, 109-98. Los Angeles improved to 12-7 away from Staples Center as Chris Paul led the way for the team with 21 points and 19 assists. Adding another double-double was Andre Jordan with 14 points and 14 boards as the Clippers begin to close the gap in the West, where they currently sit at fourth place. Wednesday’s contest saw the team score 50.6% from the field, a strong point for Los Angeles as they currently rank fourth in the league with an average of 46.3% field goal shooting per game this season. The Clippers also rank fifth in offense, averaging 103.8 points per contest. Saturday’s game is the first of five at home for the team before heading out on a five-game road trip later in the month.

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns

 

The Charlotte Hornets (17-17) will host the Phoenix Suns  (14-24) at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site

Fantasy basketball Things are rolling down hill in Charlotte right now and this is a win they desperately need. They come into this matchup with a 4-10 record on the road and losing nine of their last 12 games in total. That rough stretch correlates with injuries to Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson. Batum is questionable to play in this game, but Jefferson is surely out after getting knee surgery last week. Kemba Walker has been fantastic lately though, as he is averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals over his last six games. They’ll need another performance like that from Kemba here if they want to get out of their recent slide and win against an even beleaguered team.

If things are rolling down hill for Charlotte, Phoenix has fallen off the cliff and is buried deep down in the ground. The Suns have lost nine-straight games with many of those coming against weak competition. That rough stretch directly correlates to an injury to Eric Bledsoe and it’s clear this team is not the same without him. The whole Markieff Morris saga is a nuisance as well, as the owner recently called him out for his lack of maturity. Everything is falling apart in Phoenix right now and they are climbing up the lottery rankings seemingly every game with the way they are playing. There doesn’t seem to be much to be happy about as a Suns fan and changes may be on the horizon if the struggles continue. With all that said, they still only come into this game as just a three-point underdog.

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Hornets versus Warriors

The Charlotte Hornets (17-16) will have the unfortunate task of playing the Golden State Warriors (31-2) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on Monday. We urge you to grab a free trial of the winning projections with our RotoPicker tool, that populates the winning fantasy NBA contest lineups into Fanpicks.com

Fantasy BasketballThe Charlotte Hornets need a nice victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 101.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19.2 points and five assists while Jeremy Lin is averaging 11.9 points and 3.2 assists. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Marvin Williams is dishing 1.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost four straight road games. Nicolas Batum and Spencer Hawes are questionable.

The Golden State Warriors look to keep rolling on their insane 31-2 record. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 20.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while Draymond Green is averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 assists. Andre Iguodala is dishing 3.6 assists and Andrew Bogut is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Golden State Warriors haven’t lost a regular season home game since January 27th. Festus Ezeli, Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry are questionable.

The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.

 

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NBA Pro Basketball Betting Match up Odds Previews for Friday

 

The NBA for New Year’s Day schedules five games to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

 

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At 7:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel the Miami Heat will host the Dallas Mavericks. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Miami Heat favored by -3 points with the over under line set at 194 points. Dallas has surprised many with their 19-13 record as pundits predicted this older team to fade badly in the Western Conference. They have won four straight after a 114-91 home victory to Golden St on Wednesday without Stephen Curry in the lineup.

 

The Washington Wizards are hosting the Orlando Magic at 7PM Eastern Time over NBA League Pass Channel. Washington is favored by -2 ½ points with the total of 205 points. Washington has won both meetings with the Magic this season including on November 14th in a nine point victory and cover as a -6 ½ point wagering favorite. The Wizards has won ten straight against the Magic.

 

The Toronto Raptors will be home to the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30PM Eastern Time on NBA League Pass Channel. Toronto is lined as a -6 point betting favorite with the total coming in at 196 ½ points. Charlotte won their first meeting with Toronto back on December 17th at home winning 109-99 in overtime and covering as a +2 ½ point underdog. Toronto is 20-13 and winners of three of their past four games.

 

On NBA League Pass Channel at 8PM Eastern Time the Chicago Bulls will host the New York Knicks. Chicago is a -6 ½ point favorite with the total lined at 198 ½ points. The Knicks have been up and down on the campaign. The Knicks have won the opening meeting with the Bulls in a game at home by the score of 107-91 and covering as a -2 ½ point favorite.

 

The late night game features the LA Lakers hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. LA is lined as a -3 ½ point betting favorite with the total coming in at 205 ½ points. Both teams are coming off wins with the 76ers winning 110-105 at Sacramento on Wednesday with the Lakers winning at Boston 112-104 on Wednesday.

 

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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:

Kemba Walker

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:

Nicolas Batum

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:

Cody Zeller

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:

Marvin Williams

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:

Al Jefferson

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.

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