The Charlotte Hornets 2022-23 fantasy hoops preview – At The Hive


It’s getting shut sufficient to the October 18th tip off of the NBA season that I’m beginning to nerd out in preparation for my fantasy hoops draft. Taking part in fantasy hoops is without doubt one of the joys of my life. I really like pulling up Stat Tracker each evening and letting it run within the background, flashing inexperienced each time one in every of my gamers data a stat that can assist propel me to a win.

One of the best of each the actual world and fantasy realm is after I’m capable of have Hornets gamers on my crew. Final yr I used to be ready to draft LaMelo Ball early however he slipped via my fingers. I play in an eight-team league and I obtained slated with the dreadful No. 8 choose – the final choose within the first spherical – which meant I additionally picked at No. 9 however then I wouldn’t draft once more till No. 24. I took Kevin Durant at No. 8 and Joel Embiid at No. 9 and crossed my fingers. LaMelo was nonetheless on the board at No. 23 and I used to be grinning from ear-to-ear…after which the man proper earlier than me drafted Ball one spot earlier than I might take him. I used to be crestfallen. I ended up taking first place in my league however I spent many of the season lamenting LaMelo.

This yr I’m not letting Charlotte’s All-Star level guard slip via my fingers.

Primarily based on composite statistical projections from Fantasy Pros, listed here are the projected stats for the Hornets principal gamers:

Fantasy Professionals projected stats

Participant MIN 3s PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% FT%
Participant MIN 3s PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% FT%
LaMelo Ball 33.8 3.1 22.6 6.6 8.2 1.6 0.4 43.9% 86.6%
Terry Rozier 34.2 3.2 20.6 4.3 4.6 1.3 0.3 44.7% 85.0%
Gordon Hayward 31.5 2.1 16.5 4.8 3.7 1.0 0.4 44.8% 84.4%
PJ Washington 29.9 1.7 12.3 6.5 2.6 1.0 1.1 45.1% 72.5%
Kelly Oubre Jr. 27.4 2.4 15.0 4.3 1.2 1.1 0.4 42.6% 68.2%
Cody Martin 26.8 1.0 8.1 4.7 2.8 1.3 0.5 42.4% 71.1%
Mason Plumlee 25.1 0.0 8.5 8.2 3.1 0.8 0.7 64.9% 52.1%
Mark Williams 16.2 0.2 6.0 3.2 0.7 0.4 1.0 55.3% 68.9%

I’m drooling over LaMelo’s stats. The one gamers projected to common at the least 20 factors, six rebounds, and eight assists per recreation are LaMelo, James Harden, Luka Doncic, and Nikola Jokic. Ball goes to be a blast this yr with common triple-double alert potential, and I can’t wait to draft him.

Terry Rozier is without doubt one of the unsung heroes of fantasy basketball. Solely 9 gamers are projected to common at the least three 3-pointers, 20 factors, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per recreation, and Rozier’s one in every of them. He’s at all times a strong mid-round choose who brings the products nearly each evening.

Gordon Hayward is without doubt one of the most dangerous investments in fantasy hoops. He has solely appeared in 83 video games over the past two seasons and he does fantasy managers no good clogging up one in every of their IR spots for half the season. I really like Gordon however for fantasy functions I’m not touching him with a 10-foot pole.

Kelly Oubre Jr. is an intriguing late-round choose. Assuming Miles Bridges isn’t enjoying this season, the Hornets now have 20 factors per recreation they’re going to wish to search out elsewhere. Throw in the truth that Hayward is harm susceptible and meaning a hefty scoring burden might fall on Oubre’s shoulders this yr. Fantasy Professionals is projecting 2.4 3-pointers, 15.0 factors, 4.2 rebounds, and a useful 1.1 steals per recreation. His area purpose and free throw percentages can drag a crew down, however he’ll additionally in all probability have a few random video games the place he hits six 3-pointers.

PJ Washington will also be a useful late-round addition. I really like that he’s a “one block, one steal” participant who can even add first rate sufficient scoring, rebounding, and assists. I recognize gamers who can constantly produce each “cash stats” (steals and blocks) and PJ’s one in every of them.

I like Cody Martin for all the little issues he does on the court docket, however “little issues” don’t translate into fantasy manufacturing. He’ll doubtless stay on the waiver wire this yr.

Each Mason Plumlee and Mark Williams will doubtless be a part of Cody as undrafted gamers in smaller leagues like my 8-team league, however in contrast to Martin they might have some plug-and-play worth at occasions. Plumlee is the kind of participant that might be sitting on the waiver wire once you’re in a decent battle for rebounds on the finish of the week. If the Hornets have a Saturday-Sunday back-to-back it’s not unreasonable to pluck him off the waiver wire and hope he pulls down 15 boards or so over the past two days of the fantasy week. Ditto for Mark Williams and blocked pictures.

For these of you who play fantasy hoops, good luck, blissful drafting, and have a profitable season.

And hopefully LaMelo Ball can lead your crew to glory, similar to I’m planning he’ll do with mine.


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