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Eastern Southeast Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
53-29 6-4 L1
43-39 7-3 W1
43-39 6-4 W3
35-47 5-5 L3
22-60 3-7 W1

Top Hornets News

  • Hornets' James Bouknight: Plays in preseason opener

    Bouknight (finger) posted two points (1-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two assists and two rebounds in Sunday's preseason game against Boston.

    The news here is that Bouknight was on the floor after undergoing surgery in the offseason to repair a tendon injury in his right pinky finger. The UConn product is coming off of a disappointing rookie season in which he appeared in only 31 games and failed to crack the regular rotation. With that in mind, he's entering an ultra-important Year 2 in which he'll need to demonstrate tangible progress -- particularly as a shooter.

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  • Hornets' Terry Rozier: Puts up 11 points in loss

    Rozier registered 11 points (4-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two steals and a rebound across 25 minutes in Sunday's 134-93 loss to the Celtics.

    Rozier was one of three starters who scored in double digits for the Hornets, but his lack of efficiency certainly hurt the team as Charlotte lost by more than 40 points. Rozier has never been known for shooting at an elite clip, but his role as one of the team's go-to players on offense shouldn't be questioned as the regular season approaches.

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  • Hornets' LaMelo Ball: Lacks efficiency in preseason loss

    Ball posted 14 points (5-19 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and a steal across 25 minutes in Sunday's 134-93 loss to the Celtics.

    Ball ended up as Charlotte's second-best scorer and led the team in rebounds and assists, but those numbers won't matter much if he struggles with efficiency as he did in this game. It's only the first game of the preseason, though, and he should get sharper as he gets more on-court time. Even if he has an off game from time to time, Ball should garner plenty of fantasy value due to his ability to contribute in several categories at an above-average level.

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  • Hornets' Kelly Oubre: Scores team-high 17 points

    Oubre recorded 17 points (6-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds and three steals across 21 minutes in Sunday's 134-93 loss to the Celtics.

    Oubre got the start with Gordon Hayward (knee) sidelined, and while it's hard to read too much into one preseason game, he played a prominent role on offense and led the team in scoring despite the fact Charlotte lost by 41 points. A proven scorer, Oubre might open up the season as the starting small forward if Hayward can't recover in time for opening night. Still, even in a worst-case scenario, he will operate as Charlotte's sixth man and main scoring threat off the bench.

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  • Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Out vs. Celtics

    Hayward (knee) will not suit up for the Hornets' preseason game against the Celtics on Sunday, Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Over 49 games last season, Hayward averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists. However, he's currently dealing with a left knee contusion that will prevent him from playing. It's not yet clear when the 32-year-old will be able to return to the court, but he'll have four more chances to suit up during the preseason ahead of Boston's regular-season opener against San Antonio on Oct. 19.

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  • Hornets' Cody Martin: Out Sunday

    Martin will not play in the Hornets' exhibition matchup with the Celtics on Sunday due to a knee injury.

    The severity of Martin's knee issue is unknown at this time, but there is no surprise the Hornets would exercise caution here. When healthy, he projects to provide depth on the wing for Charlotte this season.

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  • Hornets' LiAngelo Ball: Joining Hornets for camp

    Ball signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hornets on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Ball appeared in 28 games for the Hornets' G League affiliate during the 2021-22 season, averaging 4.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per contest. He'll now join his brother LaMelo Ball for training camp again after spending last season's camp with the Hornets.

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  • Hornets' Anthony Duruji: Joining Charlotte for camp

    Duruji signed a contract with the Hornets on Monday.

    Duruji played at Louisiana Tech before transferring to Florida for his final two collegiate seasons. He averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest with the Gators after averaging 9.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 120 games at Louisiana Tech.

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  • Hornets' Jaylen Sims: Inks deal with hometown Hornets

    Sims signed a contract with Charlotte on Monday.

    Sims spent his collegiate career at UNC Wilmington, averaging 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 112 appearances over four seasons. The 6-foot-6 guard is a Charlotte native, so he'll look to make an impression on his hometown club in training camp ahead of the 2022-23 season.

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  • Hornets' Isaiah Whaley: Re-signs with Charlotte

    Whaley signed a contract with the Hornets on Monday.

    Whaley was on the Hornets' roster for Summer League but failed to see any action. The UConn product averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest in five seasons with the Huskies, so he'll look to make the most of the opportunity as he joins Charlotte ahead of training camp.

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  • Hornets' Jalen Crutcher: Inks deal with Charlotte

    Crutcher signed a contract with the Hornets on Monday.

    Crutcher appeared in 33 games with the G League's Greensboro Swarm last season, averaging 16.2 points, 6.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 43.6 percent from three-point range. He also played with the Hornets for Summer League in July, averaging 6.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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  • Hornets' Bryce McGowens: Joins Hornets on two-way deal

    McGowens and the Hornets agreed to a two-way contract in July, Rod Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    McGowens was drafted No. 40 overall by the Hornets over the summer. During his five Summer League appearances, he averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30.8 minutes. On a two-way deal, he'll spend time in both the G League and NBA.

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2021 Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 115.3
(4th)
114.9
(25th)

Injuries

Player Injury
G. Hayward SF Gordon Hayward SF Knee
C. Martin SG Cody Martin SG Knee

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