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Emoni Bates
Woj: Hornets hire Charles Lee as next head coach
Thu, May 9, 2024, 2:54 AM
Adrian Wojnarowski on X
The Hornets have signed Charles Lee to a four-year deal to be their next head coach, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Analysis: Lee has spent the past 12 years coaching in the NBA after playing professionally overseas for a few seasons. Lee spent time on Mike Budenholzer's staff in both Atlanta and Milwaukee, and he is currently the top assistant coach for Boston. When the Celtics' postseason run ends, Lee's focus will shift to helping Charlotte through their rebuild.
JT Thor
JT Thor records first career double-double vs. CLE
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:44 AM
JT Thor finished Sunday's win over Cleveland with 20 points (8-of-11 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks, and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Analysis: The final day of the regular season consistently churns out bizarre stat lines, which was the case for Thor. Thrust into a starting role, he recorded his first career double-double with a full (and efficient) stat line. That's not a bad way to head into the offseason. However, this does not change Thor's fantasy value for next season. A lot would have to go his way to clear out the rotation role that would make him worth selecting in any fantasy draft.
Nick Smith
Nick Smith Jr. scores career-high 24 points Sunday
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 9:25 AM
Nick Smith Jr. played 32 minutes in Sunday's 120-110 win over Cleveland, finishing with 24 points (9-of-20 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, one steal, and six 3-pointers.
Analysis: Smith did not start Sunday's season finale, but the Hornets' many absences ensured the rookie extended playing time. And he made the most of his opportunity, recording career-highs in points and 3-pointers. Smith did not offer much fantasy value during his rookie season, and this will be an interesting offseason for him and the Hornets franchise. The team has a head coaching vacancy, and LaMelo Ball (ankle) should be healthy after missing a significant amount of time due to injury. Smith should only be under draft consideration in dynasty leagues.
JT Thor
CHA starting Mann, Micic, McGowens, Thor, Bolden
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 6:32 AM
Charlotte Hornets on X
The Hornets will start Tre Mann, Vasilije Micic, Bryce McGowens, JT Thor and Marques Bolden against Cleveland on Sunday.
Analysis: It has already been reported that Micic will only play a few minutes in this game, which means that Charlotte will really have an eight-man rotation. Thor and McGowens make the move into the starting unit after coming off the bench in their last game.
Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges out Sunday vs. CLE
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 5:59 AM
Rod Boone on Twitter
Brandon Miller (right wrist sprain) and Miles Bridges (right wrist contusion) are out for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: The Hornets have nothing to play for beyond improving their draft lottery odds, which means Miller and Bridges are out. The second-overall pick in last summer's draft, Miller's production improved noticeably once he entered the starting lineup. The rookie provided 10th-round per-game value in 8- and 9-cat formats for the season but was a top-75 player over the last three months. As for Bridges, his preseason ADP sunk like a stone due to legal issues and a 10-game suspension to begin the season. Once on the court, he provided solid fantasy value, finishing as a 5th-round player in 8- and 9-cat formats. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Nick Richards
Richards, Williams, Bertans ruled out vs. Cavs
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 5:57 AM
Rod Boone on X
Grant Williams (right ankle sprain), Nick Richards (right plantar fascia discomfort) and Davis Bertans (left Achilles soreness) have been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with Cleveland.
Analysis: Richards and Williams sat out their last game, and Bertans will join them on the sidelines for this one. With Brandon Miller and Miles Bridges also out, there will be plenty of minutes at forward to go around. Aleksej Pokusevski and JT Thor should fill a lot of those, with Marques Bolden once again seeing most of the minutes at center.
Vasilije Micic
Vasilije Micic expected to play limited minutes
Sun, Apr 14, 2024, 5:51 AM
Rod Boone on Twitter
Vasilije Micic is expected to play limited minutes in Sunday's season finale against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: This was also the case for Micic on Friday, as he played 16 minutes in a loss to the Celtics. Tre Mann, Nick Smith Jr., and Bryce McGowens should play the lion's share of the minutes at the guard positions on Sunday afternoon. The 2023-24 campaign was a tale of two seasons for Micic, as he struggled to crack the rotation in Oklahoma City before being traded to Charlotte at the February deadline. Starting 20 of the 29 games he's played for the Hornets, the 2014 second-round pick averaged 11.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.1 3-pointers in 27.8 minutes in Charlotte.
Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges, Brandon Miller questionable Sunday
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 12:38 PM
NBA Injury Report
Miles Bridges (right wrist contusion) and Brandon Miller (right wrist sprain) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Bridges and Miller were absent from the initial report released by the Hornets. However, there isn't much to be gained from either playing against the Cavaliers, as Charlotte is returning to the draft lottery regardless of the game's outcome. Nick Smith Jr., Tre Mann, and Vasilije Micic aren't on the injury report, with the first two likely shouldering a significant workload on Sunday (Micic only played 16 minutes on Friday).
Grant Williams
Williams, Richards, Bertans questionable Sunday
Sat, Apr 13, 2024, 11:15 AM
Hornets PR on Twitter
Grant Williams (right ankle sprain), Nick Richards (right plantar fascia discomfort), and Davis Bertans (left Achilles soreness) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: While Bertans played 22 minutes off the bench in Friday's loss to the Celtics, Richards and Williams did not play. Tre Mann, Nick Smith Jr., and Marques Bolden all played at least 29 minutes in Boston, and they are the safest options on the Hornets roster to target in active fantasy leagues.
Nick Smith
Nick Smith Jr. scores career-high 15 points Friday
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 4:01 PM
Nick Smith scored a career-high 15 points (5-of-12 FGs) against the Celtics on Friday.
Analysis: Smith led the Hornets in bench scoring on Friday and only trailed Tre Mann in total points. The Arkansas product logged a career-high 29 minutes and has a chance to play significantly more than usual in Charlotte's regular-season finale against Cleveland on Sunday.
Tre Mann
Tre Mann scores 19 points vs. Celtics
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 3:56 PM
Mann led the Hornets in points with a team-high mark of 19 (6-of-10 FGs) and dished out eight assists against the Celtics on Friday.
Analysis: Mann eclipsed 18 points for the first time since mid-February on Friday and has now amassed at least six assists in four straight contests. The Hornets are prioritizing letting their young guards play as their season nears its end.
Nick Richards
Nick Richards, Grant Williams out Friday vs. BOS
Fri, Apr 12, 2024, 12:19 PM
Hornets PR on Twitter
Nick Richards (right plantar fascia discomfort) and Grant Williams (right ankle sprain) are out for Friday's game against the Celtics.
Analysis: Richards and Williams were initially questionable for Friday's game. Their absences free up minutes for JT Thor and Marques Bolden, who are not worth the risk in most active fantasy leagues.
Nick Richards
Nick Richards, Grant Williams questionable Friday
Thu, Apr 11, 2024, 11:29 AM
Hornets PR on Twitter
Nick Richards (right plantar fascia discomfort) and Grant Williams (right ankle sprain) are questionable for Friday's game against the Celtics.
Analysis: Richards and Williams were active for Wednesday's win over the Hawks, with the latter playing 27 minutes as a starter and the former coming off the bench to log 19. If cleared to play on Friday, they will occupy similar spaces within the Hornets' rotation. If Richards and Williams were sidelined, more minutes become available to JT Thor and Marques Bolden, who are not worth streaming.
Aleksej Pokusevski
Aleksej Pokusevski chips in 10/6/1/1/1 line
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 9:45 PM
Aleksej Pokusevski provided a boost off the bench with 10 points (3-of-6 FGs), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two triples against the Hawks on Wednesday.
Analysis: Poku has slowly started to see more minutes for the Hornets, and he has turned in some solid performances recently. He has scored in double figures in four of their last five games, including a season-high 14 points in a revenge game against the Thunder on Sunday. Poku may not be as highly regarded as he once was, but he still has upside. He should continue to get a chance to prove it over their final two games of the season, but even if he plays well, he isn't a player to target in drafts next season.
Tre Mann
Tre Mann swipes career-high seven steals vs. Hawks
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 4:49 PM
Tre Mann provided solid value on Wednesday with 16 points (5-of-13 FGs), four rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and one triple against the Hawks.
Analysis: Mann has been an elite source of steals lately, but he was able to take things a step further in this game by setting a new career-high for swipes. One of those came on the final play of the game, as he sealed the victory with a steal in the closing seconds. The inflated steal numbers have allowed him to provide third round value over the past week. Mann has thrived since being traded to Charlotte, and he should continue to produce solid value over their final two games. He should be a solid depth piece behind LaMelo Ball next season, but he won't be quite as productive in fantasy as he has been lately.
Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller drops 27 with five 3-pointers
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 4:40 PM
Brandon Miller led Charlotte with 27 points (9-of-17 FGs), three rebounds, two assists and five triples in a 115-114 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.
Analysis: Miller has had an excellent rookie season, and he is making sure to close it out with a bang. Over the past week, he has provided second round value in 9-cat leagues with averages of 23.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.8 triples while shooting 51.7% from the floor and 94.7% from the free throw line. Managers shouldn't expect him to produce to this level next season, but he should end up being drafted in the middle rounds. He'll look to keep it going in Boston on Friday before they end the season in Cleveland on Sunday.
Amari Bailey
Amari Bailey active Wednesday vs. Hawks
Wed, Apr 10, 2024, 12:02 PM
NBA injury report
Amari Bailey is active for the Hornets' Wednesday game against the Hawks.
Analysis: Bailey has missed the Hornets' previous six games but has finally gotten over the illness that's kept him off the court. However, he isn't likely to play enough to impact fantasy basketball now that he's healthy.
Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller records 21/6/4/3 line with 4 threes
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 4:04 PM
Brandon Miller provided strong value against Dallas on Tuesday with 21 points (6-of-15 FGs), six rebounds, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in a 130-104 loss.
Analysis: Miller followed up an elite performance against the Magic with an off-night against the Thunder. That's the way things go for rookies, but he was able to get back on track in this game. Miller has really figured things out lately, and he ranks inside the top-50 in 9-cat scoring over the past two weeks. His rookie year is coming to a close, and it's clear that he will be drafted much early in fantasy drafts next season. He'll look to keep it going in Atlanta on Wednesday, which is the second night of a back-to-back.
Grant Williams
Grant Williams chips in 12/3/4 line in ugly loss
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 3:58 PM
Grant Williams finished with 12 points (5-of-12 FGs), three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer against the Mavericks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Williams has played really well since moving into the starting unit, but that didn't continue in this game. It wasn't an awful performance, but he just didn't contribute the numbers that he has been able to over their last few games. He had an opportunity for revenge after Dallas traded him at the deadline, but he just wasn't able to. He has still been able to provide third round value over the last two weeks, and as long as he continues to start, he will be a solid streaming option.
Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges leads Hornets with 22 points in loss
Tue, Apr 9, 2024, 3:55 PM
Miles Bridges led Charlotte with 22 points (8-of-15 FGs), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two triples against Dallas on Tuesday.
Analysis: After a below-average performance from Bridges against the Thunder in their last game, he got back on track in this one. Bridges has been a strong scoring option all season, and he has been able to provide enough value in other categories to nearly rank inside the top-50 in 9-cat leagues. They'll head to Atlanta for the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday, and Bridges scored 27 when they played the Hawks in March. There's no reason to think that he won't continue to pour in the points over their final three games of the season.

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