Player Forecast on Johnny Lee O’Bryant (J.O.B.)
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6′ 9″
Weight: 275 pounds
Johnny O'Bryant's @hornets salary for 2017-18 season is now guaranteed.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) August 2, 2017
Reasons for Optimism:
Despite only playing in four games for the Hornets last season, Johnny O’Bryant was able to make an instant impact. In only his second game for the team, he scored 15 points on a highly efficient 7-9 from the field, to go along with 6 rebounds. He unfortunately did not get much of a chance to duplicate this success, as he was injured a couple of games later and lost for the season. For the four games played he averaged 4.5 points and 2 rebounds. While those numbers are not earth shattering, he accomplished those numbers in less than 9 minutes per game. There is hope that in more minutes he could produce larger numbers.
O’Bryant was part of Charlotte’s Summer League Team in Orlando. He averaged 16.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest. He showed an increased comfort in the offense as he was able to play with current Charlotte Hornet teammate Treveon Graham. Over the course of those five games O’Bryant showed an aggressiveness that could serve him well as a rotation player for the upcoming season.
Reasons for Pessimism:
While he played hard, O’Bryant did not exactly set the league on fire with his play last year. While he showed that there was a place for him on an NBA roster, he did not show much more than that. Of the four games he played he really only excelled in one of them, which was against his old team the Denver Nuggets. It seems he was motivated to bring it that game, but he will have to find other motivations to keep up that intensity for an entire season.
O’Bryant played well in Summer League, but he also was one of the older, more experienced players on the floor. While it’s one thing to muscle around 18 year olds, the NBA Regular Season will offer up more chiseled competition. He also takes very few three point shots, which in today’s NBA is very important for players at the power forward position. Charlotte’s trade for Dwight Howard, as well as holdover bigs Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, and Frank Kaminsky mean his minutes will be hard to come by.
Number to Know: 15
15 is the career high for Johnny O’Bryant. That career high game last year showed that he has some ability to get buckets and contribute in the NBA. 15 also is where he will likely be on the depth chart, as at this point in his development and with the team’s roster he is going to be at the bottom of the rotation.
Johnny O’Bryant is a player who has bounced around the league. His hard work was rewarded with a contract for this season but he is not an upper echelon rotation player. His skill set is too limited right now for him to be a big contributor. Look for him to get some spot minutes in blowouts or due to injuries, but his impact will be fairly limited this season.