The significance of the third quarter and Cody Zeller’s expert screen-setting in a game where the league’s best third quarter team beat up the worst one.
Cody Zeller ranks 5th in the league for the 2015-16 regular season in points per possession (1.22) as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. The big man can thank Nicolas Batum for that, without whom on the court Zeller’s field goal percentage drops by 8.2%.
The Charlotte Hornets started their first round series against the Miami Heat continuing to use a reasonable amount of aggressive coverage of the pick-n-roll. Only the Heat were ready for that and blew the Hornets defense out of the water.
At the average speed of 4.43 miles per hour Cody Zeller has been the fastest center in the league this season. Running like hell at the height of 7 feet is Zeller’s main strength and he has to stick to it come postseason time.
He has been bad on offense. And I mean – real bad. What’s frustrating about it is that it is supposedly the side of the court on which Hawes can excel and that he’s playing over our draft pick Frank Kaminsky when he’s out there throwing up his bricks (4 for 23 for…
Here we go! The first edition of random notes and observations from the Charlotte Hornets season. This column covers the first two games at Miami and Atlanta.
ESPN 730’s Justin Thomas joined me to talk Charlotte Hornets, P.J. Hairston’s starting role and his fit among the starters, Frank Kaminsky being the fifth big man, the rotation and the team on the whole the day before the 2015-16 NBA season starts for Charlotte.