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2014 Hornets Player Profiles: Jannero Pargo



The Pargos are an inexplicable institution in the NBA. Along with brother Jeremy, we haven’t been without a Pargo in an NBA uniform since 2002.

Jannero bounced around to five different NBA teams (and an ABA team!) in his first six years before heading overseas. When he came back to the US in 2011 he was a markedly better player and an even better locker room presence. Last year he provided a lift of energy and three point shooting in late January when Kemba was out with a sprained ankle. Citing some to ask for Clifford and Co. to #FreeJannero more often.

Pargo credits fellow ten year veteran Al Jefferson with his return to Charlotte, but the ‘ten year veteran’ part probably had more to do with it. He’s a rabid, quick trigger, devoted pro-basketball nomad who found a little stability in Charlotte. What’s not to cheer for?

Doug Branson @QCHDoug



A volume shooter and scorer in stretches. Hasn’t seen many shots that he doesn’t like, or at the very least, isn’t willing to take. Jannero’s shot selection will make you cover your eyes quite often, but that being said, he’s a dead-eye shooter with a textbook stroke.

A quick release is likely Pargo’s greatest weapon as an offensive player – he’s undersized and not the most athletic guard on the floor, so the fact that he can pull the trigger really at any moment is an advantage for him. To add to that, he’s very good at shooting on the move – both as the ball-handler using screens and off-the-ball running off of screens, Pargo is great at moving and still being able to square his body for a high-percentage shot.

In essence, Jannero Pargo is a volume shooter/scorer trapped in a 6’1 frame. Over his 10-year professional career he’s been able to learn the trade of managing an offense from the PG position while still getting up his shots, which he’s often hunting. He doesn’t see the floor nearly as well as you need to in order to be an above-average NBA PG, and he gambles a lot when trying to share the ball with his teammates instead of making the “easy play”. You kind of learn to live with this aspect of Pargo, and simply manage it the best you can as a coach. Simply put, he can spark an offense off-the-bench, and that’s what you need in this league.

Pargo is perfect as a deep-bench veteran that you can count on to come in and provide a spark-plug kind of contribution. Can fill up the scoring sheet when he catches fire, and will always bring tons of energy on both ends. His style is very impulsive, but he makes it work, and to me it’s fun to watch.


Not a ton to talk about here. Again, not an elite athlete, so doesn’t have many tools to disrupt a ball-handler outside of his typical high energy.

Speaking of high energy, if Pargo could be more consistent with it more often on the defensive end of the floor then he really would serve much more value. In stretches, Pargo will play really hard defensive and harass the ball-handler, but the consistency just isn’t there. Often, he’s getting blasted on ball-screens and doesn’t have his head on a swivel with where the pick is coming from – this is likely his biggest weakness defensively.

More consistent energy and talking more defensively could do wonders for Pargo. Simple adjustments that lead to much more consistent defense on every level of the game.


Volume scorer, dead-eye shooter, willingness to take any shot – in any situation. A bench spark-plug that you can call on as a coach at any time, and know he’s ready to go.

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer



Despite having an extremely limited role inside Charlotte’s rotation during the prior season, Pargo was able to bring a positive impact to the Hornets. The main reasons behind that: his comfort level and overall ability from the perimeter. By having a quick release, Pargo was one of the team’s more unheralded catch-and-shoot options. Besides his work in catch-and-shoot situations, he’s extremely comfortable with controlling the action in transition, which became very vital when he was looked to for a 2nd unit scoring punch.


Even though his perimeter abilities on the offensive end is probably the main reason why he has a role on the team, Pargo’s work on the other side of the court definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Pargo showcases a certain level of veteran focus when he the defensive end, which is apparent when he sticks to his opponent like a magnet. While that ability is displayed during one-on-one scenarios in the perimeter, Pargo is also able to work around on-ball screens and still stick with his opponent.

Dakota Schmidt @Dakota_Schmidt


17.6 FGA, 8.9 3PA per 36 minutes.

It can be hard to look at the stats and draw many conclusions about low-minute, garbage-time players like Jannero Pargo. In this case, though, the above numbers tell the entire story: Pargo has a possibly pathological need to shoot the ball.

Pargo’s usage rate was just a hair under Al Jefferson’s at 28.4%, which is fine when you consider his dual role on the team — he saw most of his minutes either as a victory cigar/sideshow in blowout wins, or as the main scorer in white-flag units at the end of blowout losses.

With the signing of Brian Roberts to back up Kemba Walker, that’ll likely be Pargo’s role next year as well. When he was asked to play extended minutes, though, Pargo typically responded well. On the 10 occasions he played more than 10 minutes, he scored 8.6 points on 45% from the floor, 40% from three, and recorded 3.4 assists in 17 minutes a game. His defense leaves something to be desired, but those are pretty solid backup minutes in the chance Walker or Roberts go down with an injury.

Greg Pietras @Handles_Messiah

We’ll be profiling every player on the roster between now and the beginning of the season. Check back next week when we profile Gary Neal.