Author archive for Michael Kaskey-Blomain

  • Kemba Walker Building a Case for First All-Star Selection

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on December 30, 2015
    Over a third of the way into the 2015-16 NBA season, the Hornets sit right in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Charlotte is just 3.5 games out of the conference’s top spot, and possesses both a top-10 offense and a top-10 defense, in terms of efficiency. While much of the team’s early season success can be credited […]
  • Should the Hornets Bring Al Jefferson off of the Bench?

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on December 16, 2015
    An untimely left calf strain forced the Hornets to adapt to life on the court without frontcourt fixture Al Jefferson. A violation of the league’s substance abuse policy will extend Jefferson’s stay on the sideline. In past seasons, extended absence from Jefferson would be a major cause for concern, especially on the offensive end. However, instead of stalling without their […]
  • Nicolas Batum Thriving with The Hornets

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on November 29, 2015
    In Portland, Nicolas Batum’s role consisted largely of playing defense, getting out in transition, and being ready to knock down open opportunities. Though he was a well-respected role-player, he was often an offensive afterthought, looked to only if Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Wesley Matthews were unable to create something themselves. Batum was rarely an offensive initiator, or a beneficiary […]
  • Kemba Walker, Hornets benefiting from new additions and a revamped offense

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on November 24, 2015
    Some aspects of the Hornets’ offensive approach this season are familiar. Al Jefferson can still be found down on the block, doing work – although he is noticeably lighter – and Kemba Walker is still the team’s motor, controlling the tempo and getting buckets. However, the 2015-16 campaign has also proven different, as the Hornets’ offense doesn’t have to live […]
  • ’15-’16 Hornets Player Forecast: Cody Zeller

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on October 9, 2015
    Position: Center Height: 7’0’’ Weight: 240 pounds Reasons for optimism: After a struggle of a sophomore season, Zeller is fully healthy and should be out to prove that he was worth the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this season. His production over the past two seasons has been inconsistent and underwhelming overall, but there have been flashes. […]
  • ’15-’16 Hornets Player Forecast: Al Jefferson

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on September 23, 2015
    Position: Center Height: 6’10’’ Weight: 275 (nearly 20 pounds lighter than last season, due to eliminating fried chicken from his diet) Reasons For Optimism Let’s start with the weight loss. After 11 seasons in the NBA, rather than being complacent, Jefferson dedicated his offseason to knocking some unnecessary weight off of his body and getting into some of the best […]
  • ’14-15 Season Report Card: Al Jefferson

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on May 15, 2015
    PER: 19.75 PER Against (Net): 16.85 (+2.9) Al Jefferson has had better seasons. Injury issues forced the big bruiser to miss 17 games in the 2014-15 campaign, and, to the largest extent since he has been in Charlotte, Al showed his mortality. Coming off of a season in which he was named Third-Team All NBA, his 16.6 points per game this year were […]
  • ’14-15 Season Report Card: Mo Williams

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on April 25, 2015
    PER: 15.48 PER Against (Net): 15.00 (+.48)   The move to acquire Mo Williams halfway through the 2014-15 season was one made out of necessity. The Hornets lost their starting point guard and go-to scorer, Kemba Walker, right in the midst of a tight Eastern Conference playoff push, and without a legitimate full-time fill-in on the roster things looked grim. Enter: Mo […]
  • 2014 Charlotte Hornets Summer League 3-on-3 Recap

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on July 24, 2014
    1. Who helped their stock with the Hornets the most thus far this summer? Doug @QCHDoug:  Hairston needed to prove something to fans, coaches and himself and I think he did that. After all of the offseason troubles, he was able to do exactly what he said he was going to do, which was let his play do the responding. Both […]
  • Season Report Card ’13-14: Kemba Walker

    By Michael Kaskey-Blomain on May 12, 2014
    PER PER Against (Net) Kemba Walker 17.1 16.5 (+0.6) After a solid 2012-13 campaign in which he improved in almost every area, many were looking for Kemba Walker to take the next step this season. While Walker’s game didn’t regress after his successful sophomore season, it didn’t appear to make significant strides either. Overall, his play appeared to plateau, and […]