Author archive for Greg Pietras

  • ’15-’16 Hornets Player Forecast: Troy Daniels

    By Greg Pietras on October 7, 2015
    Position: Shooting Guard Height: 6’4″ Weight: 205 lbs. Reasons for Optimism: Because he’s very good at what he does, and what he does is something the Hornets need. While Daniels doesn’t create for others (27 career assists vs. 23 career turnovers) or play above-average defense, he’s been an excellent shooter in his short career. That’s especially true when he’s uncovered — […]
  • ’15-’16 Hornets Player Forecast: Tyler Hansbrough

    By Greg Pietras on October 2, 2015
    Position: Power Forward Height: 6’9″ Weight: 250 lbs. Reasons for Optimism: Because being pessimistic seems like a waste of time in this case. Tyler Hansbrough was signed several weeks into free agency as roster filler — Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes, and Marvin Williams all sit in front of him on the big-man depth chart, and that’s ignoring small-ball options […]
  • Notes on the Hornets’ 2015-16 Schedule

    By Greg Pietras on August 15, 2015
    The NBA released next year's schedule on Wednesday, so let's take a quick look at Charlotte's upcoming season.
  • Tyler Hansbrough Returns to Carolina, Signs with Hornets

    By Greg Pietras on July 22, 2015
    Former UNC Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough has agreed to a contract with the Hornets, reports The Charlotte Observer. Though terms of the deal haven’t been made public, a one-year, veteran minimum contract seems like the most likely possibility. Hansbrough most recently played in Toronto, where his minutes declined to 14 a game in ’14-15. He averaged 3.6 points on 52% shooting and 3.6 rebounds in […]
  • Hornets acquire Nicolas Batum for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson

    By Greg Pietras on June 24, 2015
    Instead of fixing their shooting in the draft or free agency, Charlotte's taken a short cut: Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Hornets have acquired Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.
  • ’14-15 Season Report Card: Marvin Williams

    By Greg Pietras on May 12, 2015
    PER: 11.79 PER Against (Net): 16.0 (-4.2) Strengths: Fair or not, it makes sense to judge Williams against Josh McRoberts’ contributions last year. The idea, at least, was that Marvin would replicate Josh’s shooting, rebounding and versatile defense, while Lance Stephenson would take over as the team’s secondary ballhandler and passer. So, how good of a McRoberts impersonation did Marvin do? Not bad: Granted, it was […]
  • ’14-’15 Season Report Card: Lance Stephenson

    By Greg Pietras on April 30, 2015
    PER: 8.8 PER Against (Net): 13.3 (-4.5)   ~~Spoiler Warning~~: This will not be an upbeat review. Lance was bad. But before we bury his awful season, let’s let him off the hook a little: Lance wasn’t really to blame for how this year went. Would Stephenson being any good have helped? Sure, yes, of course. But his sudden, unexpected implosion is just one bullet point on […]
  • Instant Reax: Clippers sink Hornets, 99-92

    By Greg Pietras on March 18, 2015
    Despite trailing by 18 at the half, the Hornets’ 99-92 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday wasn’t decided until late — in both senses of the word. Charlotte had a chance to tie the game on a Marvin Williams three-pointer with just under three minutes to go, but the miss and a sputtering offense down the stretch sealed the deal. Meanwhile, 57 total […]
  • RECAP: Second-Half Defense Gives Charlotte 108-101 Win Over Pistons

    By Greg Pietras on March 8, 2015
    On many nights Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's defense makes him Charlotte's most important player. That was definitely the case in Sunday's 108-101 comeback win over the Detroit Pistons, despite his modest box score.
  • Instant Reax: Hornets Crush Nets, 115-91

    By Greg Pietras on March 4, 2015
    It’s always refreshing when the Hornets build an early advantage and actually hold onto it, so Wednesday’s 115-91 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets was like a cool glass of water. Charlotte shot 65 percent en route to a 35-15 first-quarter lead, weathered some choppy bench minutes, and blew the game open in the second half. Considering the complete effort and the stakes of […]