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Is It Scheme or Personnel? A Look Into Charlotte’s Poor Perimeter Defense This Past Season

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?

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Game Trend: Aggressive Nicolas Batum Leads Third Quarter Run

Nicolas Batum’s shot-making provided the Charlotte Hornets with the advantage they needed over the Miami Heat in a bad offensive game.

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Looking Back at Nicolas Batum’s Up-And-Down Defense

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.

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Looking Back at Batum – Zeller Pick-and-Rolls

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%.

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hornets Allow the Wizards to Flourish in Transition

The Charlotte Hornets failed to stop the fast-breaking Washington Wizards and thus lost an important game with regards to playoff seeding.

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Extra Small 76ers Lineups Survive Against Frank Kaminsky

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.

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hornets 108, Pacers 101: Notes and Observations

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.

March 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hornets 76, Hawks 87: Notes and Observations

The sleepy Charlotte Hornets were no match for the Atlanta Hawks’ alert and mobile defense which awarded the division foes a valuable tiebreaker.

February 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Searching for MKG’s Partner on the Wing

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.

January 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Nicolas Batum’s Foul-Drawing Ingenuity

Nicolas Batum has already drawn eight fouls on 3-point shots in sixteen games. Here’s a quick look at the trickery of the ingenious Batum.

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment