Charlotte Hornets: Mitch Kupchak Compliments Roy Hibbert's Offensive Game
OCT 15, 7:59p ET | Jerry Stephens/FanSided via Swarm and Sting
Rotowire: Oct 7 / 11:01a ET
News: Hibbert recorded two points (1-4 FG), five rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes during Thursday's 107-92 preseason loss to the Celtics.
Impact: Hibbert has started at center in both of the Hornets' preseason games while Cody Zeller (knee) remains out, and he could very well open the regular season in that role, as coach Steve Clifford indicated earlier this week that Zeller has "a long way to go," in his recovery. That development would aid Hibbert's fantasy value, but his ceiling is still fairly low given the limited impact he provided as a full-time starter for the Lakers in 2015-16. Over 81 games, Hibbert averaged just 5.9 points and 4.9 boards in 23.2 minutes per contest while shooting a subpar 44.3 percent from the field.
Rotowire: Sep 26 / 11:54a ET
News: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Monday that Hibbert will compete with Cody Zeller in training camp for the starting center job.
Impact: Hibbert has been a starter for most of his NBA career, but was dreadful last season with the Lakers, averaging just 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 assists in 23.2 minutes per game in his 81 appearances. While Zeller wasn't a high-level performer at the position in 2015-16, at 23 years old, he still hasn't tapped into his full potential and was able to outdo Hibbert with averages of 8.7 points and 6.2 boards in 24.3 minutes per game. There should be room in the rotation for both players, but look for Zeller to occupy the larger portion of the timeshare at center.