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Age on Kaminsky's side among rookies

Kevin Pelton says Charlotte's Frank Kaminsky, 22, might be the best rookie next season after a four-year college run. But last year's four-year college star fell short. Most effective NBA rookies (Insider)

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Kaminsky not typical Hornets project

Amin Elhassan writes that center Frank Kaminsky finally gives Charlotte a rookie who can contribute immediately. Most NBA-ready rookies (Insider)

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Pelton: Projecting the most effective rookies

Frank Kaminsky and Delon Wright might not turn out to be the best players from this draft class, but they project to be among the most ready to make an immediate impact this season.

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Elhassan: Scouting the most NBA-ready rookies

Amin Elhassan's Rookie Readiness Scale projects Karl-Anthony Towns to be a solid starter right away, while it might take longer for D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay.

Hornets Short-Term Gains

Charlotte effectively retooled its roster this offseason, raising expectations for the 2015-16 season. Frank Kaminsky and Nicolas Batum will help to bring immediate results for the Hornets. Most improved (Insider)

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Report: Williams says he's finally healthy

Guard Elliot Williams has struggled since he was the 22nd pick in the 2010 NBA draft due to a bunch of injuries. Williams officially signed his contract with the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday and he is ready to show he can be a good player in the NBA.

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Doolittle: Most and least improved teams

Doc Rivers the GM helped Doc Rivers the coach with the additions of Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson, while the Nets project to crash into the crop of the NBA's worst teams.

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Batum eyeing Toronto next season?

Playing north of the border reportedly appeals to Nicolas Batum's international roots (France). An unrestricted free agent in 2016, Batum could be enticed to stay with the Hornets on a five-year deal. NBA rumors roundup

Kidd-Gilchrist Could Be In For A Payday

Known as a dominant defender, if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist can develop into just an average player on the offensive end he could become a valuable starter for many years to come, writes Kevin Pelton. Under-the-radar '16 FAs (Insider)

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Report: Williams accepts Hornets' camp invite

The team can bring in up to five more players for the preseason and they reportedly have invited Elliot Williams to training camp. The Charlotte Hornets currently have 15 players under contract, 14 with fully guaranteed salaries for 2015-16, and they will likely keep this group through the start of the regular season.

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Bird: MJ would kill me now

Pacers president Larry Bird told "The Dan Patrick Show" that Michael Jordan would beat him if they played 1-on-1 now: "I'm 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I'm broken down. I really don't care like I used to." Bird speaks out

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Kaminsky right fit for NBA offense

Frank "the Tank" Kaminsky's aggression, attack on the dribble, and solid shooting is uncommon for a center. The former Wisconsin standout justified the high expectations he carried into summer league. NBA rookie watch (Insider)

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Report: Hansbrough brings energy, attitude to Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets were in need of some depth in the froncourt, so they went out and signed Tyler Hansbrough to a one-year contract. Hansbrough will also bring toughness to the roster, which is desperately needed, when he's on the floor.

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Tyler Hansbrough to join Hornets

The former UNC star will return to North Carolina and play with Charlotte, a source told the Associated Press. Hansbrough has played six years in the NBA, last two seasons with the Raptors and the previous four with the Pacers.

Tyler Hansbrough to join Hornets

An NBA source told the Charlotte Observer that the PF has agreed to terms with the Hornets on a free-agent contract. In six NBA seasons with the Pacers and Raptors, Hansbrough has averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game94.228th
Rebounds Per Game44.110th
Assists Per Game20.228th
Points Allowed97.37th

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-153349.402
2013-144339.524
2012-132161.256
2011-12759.106
2010-113448.414

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