The 2016-17 season marked coach Steve Clifford’s first mediocre defensive squad, the most 3-pointers given up in the whole league and shaky execution against the pick-and-roll, among other things. What gives?
Nicolas Batum’s shot-making provided the Charlotte Hornets with the advantage they needed over the Miami Heat in a bad offensive game.
Nicolas Batum had a great season for the Charlotte Hornets. However, there’s still room for improvement and we also need to acknowledge his stints of poor defense.
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 failed to stop the fast-breaking Washington Wizards and thus lost an important game with regards to playoff seeding.
In what otherwise could have been a low intrigue column of notes and observations, I took a look at Philadelphia’s success at playing four guards against the Charlotte Hornets and specifically Frank Kaminsky.
The Charlotte Hornets swept the season series against the Indiana Pacers despite Frank Vogel trying to match up by pulling Myles Turner from the starting line-up.
The sleepy Charlotte Hornets were no match for the Atlanta Hawks’ alert and mobile defense which awarded the division foes a valuable tiebreaker.
With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s return to the court looming, it’s time to look at our wings and evaluate their fit alongside the unique piece that MKG is.