While the main focus of the Hornets community has been on focused on the potential upgrade at the Small Forward position, the secondary concern for Charlotte lies with their real lack of a solid backup point guard. Since the departure of Ramon Sessions, Charlotte struggled to find a competent replacement as Luke Ridnour had one of his worst seasons of his solid NBA career.
One of those possible replacements could be long-time Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who’s been recently linked to the Hornets by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski
Despite the fact that Ridnour has definintely shown some signs of decline over the past few seasons, his addition could still positively impact the Hornets. One of the main reasons for that is because of how Hinrich has always valued himself as the atypical two-way way that relies on his defensive and perimeter abilities.
Even though Hinrich’s FG% (field goal percentage) hasn’t eclipsed the 40% plateau since the 2011-12 season, the 6’3 guard has still maintained his ability to score from the perimeter. The 11-year vet was able to shoot 35% from beyond the arc. One of the more important statistics about Hinrich’s perimeter ability,is that he was able to score 1.01 PPP (Points Per Possession) in spot-up situations.
Besides his superb spot-up shooting abilities, the veteran Hinrich has also continued his role as an extremely solid distributor, by having a solid 2.38 Ast/TO ratio during the previous season. That stat exceeded the likes of Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Jeff Teague and former Charlotte guard Ramon Sessions.
Hinrich’s solid play continues to the defensive end of the court. While he isn’t the most athletic and quickest guard in the league, the 6’3 guard was able to control the opposition by being an absolute pest. Hinrich definitely has that certain knack of getting close to the opposing player and disrupting their overall flow without getting into foul trouble. Per Synergy Sports, opponents averaged around .73 PPP against Hinrich in PnR situations. That simple stat really showcases his ability to work around screens and still be in the face of the player that he was guarding.
While the 6’3 Hinrich may be itching closer to the twilight of his NBA career, some of his aforementioned skills could definitely have a positive impact on the Hornjets during the upcoming season.By being situatied behind Kemba Walker, Hinrich will still have the opportunity to still be productive as a backup point guard. His skills from the perimeter will add an incredibly unique asset to the Hornets bench, because the team really hasn’t had a solid three-point shooter as their backup point guard since DJ Augustin during the 2009-10 season. Meanwhile, his pesky and energetic defensive nature would be an extremely solid fit inside Steve Clifford’s defensive scheme.