Recently, the Charlotte Hornets ended a disappointing season with a record of 36 wins and 46 losses. With the disappointment, there are still positives that can be taken out of the year.
MVP: Kemba Walker
Walker had a great season for the Hornets. He averaged 23.2 points, 5.5 assists and 3.9 assists per game. Walker averaged more points and less turnovers this season than any previous year. Not only were Walker’s stats great, he also managed to be voted in to his first NBA All-Star Game while also participating in the 3-pt contest.
Most Improved: Frank Kaminsky
Kaminsky has really improved in his second year in the NBA. In his first year, Kaminsky averaged 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while this season, he averaged 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Biggest Disappointment: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Since coming out off Kentucky in 2012, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was always overlooked by fans. This year, Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 9.2 points, 7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. While theses stats are not awful they still are not as great as they should be for a 2nd overall pick. He had a great college career but has yet to have a superstar performance that many are waiting for.
Best Newcomer: Marco Belinelli
The three-point specialist, Marco Belinelli, was acquired in a trade with the Sacramento Kings hours before the 2017 NBA Draft. Belinelli, was a great addition for the Hornets adding 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2 assists, which was crucial for the struggling Hornets. Even at the age of 31, Belinelli never disappoints in the starting lineup or off the bench.
MVP: Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum was a key player for the Hornets, averaging 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds 5.9 assists per game. He was a huge team-player that added experience, leadership and a hard work ethic.
Most Improved: Jeremy Lamb
Jeremy Lamb really improved this season while averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. His stats this year were all better than last year. Not only did Lamb have a good statistics year, but he also had a better basketball IQ, taking wiser shots and making good decisions.
Biggest Disappointment: Miles Plumlee
Miles Plumlee was a big disappointment for the Hornets. He was acquired mid-season from the Milwaukee Bucks and was expected to do great things. But, he averaged 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 blocks. All these stats were much worse than his previous seasons.
Best Newcomer: Ramon Sessions
Ramon Sessions was a good addition for the Hornets. Sessions averaged 6.2 points, 2.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game. His stats were not great but they were good while the was coming off the bench as a replacement for Kemba Walker.