Charlotte Hornets Player News: All Positions

News: Martin generated six points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes Wednesday in the Hornets' 109-98 win over the Heat.
Impact: Though Martin turned in a well-rounded stat line, those that used him in DFS or streamed him in season-long fantasy were probably expecting more from him while he started in place of an ill Terry Rozier. As a low-usage player for the Hornets, Martin's upside is fairly limited, but he at least appears to have a path to steady playing time. He's logged no fewer than 23 minutes in any of his last nine games, averaging 7.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals over that stretch.
News: Martin produced 19 points (4-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in 35 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Hornets' 109-98 win over the Heat.
Impact: Twin brother Cody has been the more consistent member of the Charlotte rotation this season, but it's been Caleb who has attracted more of the attention lately. After scoring no more than 12 points in any of his first 16 outings with Charlotte, Martin has churned out 42 over the past two games. He's also offered value on the defensive end, racking up seven steals and two blocks between the contests. He was helped by Terry Rozier (illness) sitting out Wednesday, but Martin may have at least earned himself a temporary 20-plus-minute role whenever the Hornets and the league's other 29 teams return to action.
News: Graham registered 30 points (11-19 FG, 8-11 3Pt), six assists, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 win at Miami.
Impact: Graham missed last week's game against the Spurs on Mar. 3, but he's been on fire since then -- he has topped the 20-point mark while dishing out at least six assists in four straight games. It's unclear when Graham will be able to take the floor again, however, as the NBA has suspended its season indefinitely amid coronavirus concerns.
News: Zeller posted 14 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 win at Miami.
Impact: Zeller missed three games between late February and early March, but he's looked consistent since returning to the starting lineup five games -- he has scored at least 10 points and/or grabbed at least five boards in every one of those contests. He should remain a starter moving forward.
News: Washington went for 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 0-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 109-98 win at Miami.
Impact: Washington bounced back nicely from a two-point effort against the Hawks, and he has scored in double digits in seven of his last eight games now. The rookie out of Kentucky has been playing at a high level ever since the league resumed after the All-Star break -- he is averaging 14.6 points per game in his last 11 contests.
News: Martin will start Wednesday's contest against the Heat.
Impact: Terry Rozier (illness) is out, so Martin will draw the start. In two previous starts, Martin has averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 35.0 minutes.
News: Rozier (illness) is out for Wednesday's contest against the Heat.
Impact: Coming off a career night, Rozier has come down with an illness and will miss his first game since Feb. 12. Cody Martin and Caleb Martin could see extra minutes, while Devonte' Graham may end up with even more playmaking responsibilities.
News: Rozier is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat due to an illness.
Impact: Coming off a career night, Rozier has come down with an illness and could miss his first game since Feb. 12. If that's the case, Cody and Caleb Martin could see expanded roles.
News: Biyombo logged 34 minutes off the bench in Monday's 143-138 double-overtime loss to the Hawks, finishing with 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Impact: Coach James Borrego's center rotation has been erratic all season, but he at least laid out his future plans for the position prior to Monday's game. Per Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer, Borrego told the media that he planned to start Cody Zeller for the next 5-to-7 games while deploying Biyombo as the backup, leaving Willy Hernangomez as the third man at the position. Borrego's plan came to pass, as Biyombo re-entered the rotation following a three-game absence, while Hernangomez didn't see the floor. Biyombo also saw 11 more minutes than Zeller, but expect a more even split of the playing time between the two in future contests.
News: McDaniels supplied 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 28 minutes Monday in the Hornets' 143-138 double-overtime loss to the Hawks.
Impact: The scoring haul was a new carer high for the rookie second-round pick, who has held a consistent spot in the Hornets' rotation since early February. McDaniels has performed respectably on a per-minute basis, but he'll need to cut into the playing time of starting forwards Miles Bridges and PJ Washington a little more before warranting attention outside of deeper leagues.
News: Zeller finished with 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-4 FT), seven boards, and two assists across 23 minutes Monday in the Hornets' 143-138 loss to the Hawks in double overtime.
Impact: Zeller got the start in the second consecutive game, but he saw fewer minutes than backup Bismack Biyombo. Still, he's been enjoying a relatively consistent role when on the court, having cleared 20 minutes in eight of his last nine games -- and helping fantasy owners in deeper leagues out with some points and boards in the process.
News: Martin finished with 23 points (8-10 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two blocks and three steals in 37 minutes during a 143-138 double-overtime loss to the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Martin fell one point shy of doubling his season high in scoring before fouling out of the contest. The rookie has quietly built up his role on the team in the weeks since his call-up, and with so much in flux for the Hornets, it's possible he could continue seeing high usage as long as he keeps improving.
News: Graham finished with 27 points (9-26 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four boards, 10 assists and four steals in 46 minutes of a 143-138 double-overtime loss to the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: Graham didn't have his most efficient shooting night, but he was still able to put up solid numbers across the board and reach 20 points for the third straight game. The extra periods also enabled him to post his highest assist total since the All-Star break.
News: Rozier finished with 40 points (15-26 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four boards, three assists and one steal in 44 minutes of a 143-138 double-overtime loss to the Hawks on Monday.
Impact: The huge scoring output in the double-overtime thriller represents Rozier's career high. This is also the third time in the last four games that he's dropped at least 20 points. The fifth-year pro was especially efficient from deep, which has been a theme for him this season, as he's hit a career-best 40.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
News: Hernangomez could be dropped from the center rotation beginning Monday against the Hawks, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Cody Zeller will remain the starter Monday, and coach James Borrego indicated that he intends to use Bismack Biyombo as the primary backup. Given that Borrego has only used two of the three centers over the past two weeks, it looks as though it could be Hernangomez's turn to drop from the regular rotation. He's backed up both Biyombo and, more recently, Zeller over the last six games, averaging 18.7 minutes in that span.
News: Zeller will remain the Hornets' starting center Monday against the Hawks, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The Hornets have been rotating minutes between Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Willy Hernangomez in recent weeks, but they'll deviate from that plan Monday night. Per coach James Borrego, Zeller will start, with Biyombo serving as the primary backup. Given how the rotation has worked over the last two weeks, that could mean Hernangomez will now be the odd man out.
News: Bacon was recalled by the Hornets ahead of Monday's tilt with Atlanta.
Impact: Bacon will return to Charlotte after a lengthy stint in the G League. Across 39 appearances this season, the 24-year-old's provided 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.6 minutes per game.
News: Washington accumulated 20 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Thursday's 114-112 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Washington scored 20 for the first time since Jan. 13, and he has now poured in 20-plus points six times through 55 games. He has been one of the team's best and most consistent players this season, as Washington has showcased an extremely versatile two-way skillset.
News: Graham (ankle) generated 24 points (8-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven assists, one rebound and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 114-112 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Graham returned to the lineup following a one-game absence due to left ankle soreness and showed no lingering effects. He has scored 20-plus in two of his last four appearances and continues to make a strong case for the Most Improved Player award.
News: Martin will come off the bench Thursday against the Nuggets, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Devonte' Graham (ankle) back in the starting five, Martin will move back to a reserve role. That said, he'll likely retain sixth-man status. Over his past nine appearances off the bench, he's averaged 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.3 minutes.
News: Graham (ankle) will play and start Thursday against the Nuggets.
Impact: Following a one-game absence due to left ankle soreness, Graham will be back in the lineup. Over his past 10 appearances, he's averaging 16.1 points, 6.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 33.7 minutes.
News: The Hornets will start Cody Zeller at center Thursday against the Nuggets, Jack Duffy of The Painted Lines reports.
Impact: Biyombo started three straight games from Feb. 26 to Mar. 1, but he moved to the bench for Tuesday's matchup against the Spurs and was a DNP-CD. It appears the Hornets are employing a rotation at center that leaves one of Biyombo or Zeller out of the rotation each night, as Zeller was previously a DNP-CD in each of Biyombo's three starts. Considering that precedent, there's a good chance Biyombo could fail to see the floor again Thursday.
News: Zeller will start Thursday's game against Denver, Jack Duffy of The Painted Lines reports.
Impact: The Hornets appear to be alternating between Zeller and Bismack Biyombo, as Zeller had previously racked up three consecutive DNP-CDs, while Biyombo was in the starting lineup. Then, Charlotte switched over to Zeller for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, while Biyombo was a DNP-CD. In both situations, Willy Hernangomez has served as the backup.
News: Batum hasn't appeared in game for the Hornets since Jan. 24, sitting out each of the last 15 games as the result of either an illness or a coach's decision.
Impact: The illness kept Batum out for two games in early February, but his string of absences from the rotation both before and after that time suggest that he wouldn't have gotten off the bench for those contests anyway. The Frenchman has been a massive disappointment for the Hornets since inking a five-year, $120 million contract extension back in the summer of 2016, and though he had been a mainstay in the rotation prior to this season, the organization seems to be writing him off as a sunk cost at this point. He'll likely continue to rack up the DNP-CDs through next season, as Batum is a virtual lock to exercise his $27 million player option for 2020-21.
News: Graham (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: Graham's status for Thursday's game is up in the air as he continues to nurse a sore left ankle, which kept him from taking the court Tuesday against the Spurs. Look for his availability to clear up closer to game time, after he tests the issue out during pregame activities.
News: Washington pitched in 19 points (6-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Washington has reached double figures in scoring in six of seven tilts since the All-Star break, with the lone exception being a nine-point effort in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Feb. 25. The 21-year-old rookie has earned 30-plus minutes in each of those other six matchups after the break, and Washington is likely to continue playing plenty of minutes down the stretch this season.
News: Martin produced 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Martin finished with as many turnovers as assists but otherwise had a superb night while drawing the start in place of Devonte' Graham (ankle). In fact, Martin matched his career high in scoring and also earned 30-plus minutes for the third time in his last eight appearances.
News: Martin totaled 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Martin has reached double figures in scoring twice in the last five games. Moreover, he has seen 20-plus minutes in six of his last nine appearances. Nevertheless, Martin is merely a dart throw in daily leagues.
News: Rozier recorded 20 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Rozier stepped up with Devonte' Graham sidelined by a sore ankle. The 25-year-old guard is having a career year across most statistical categories, and he's also maintaining career-best shooting percentages from the field, three and the charity stripe.
News: McDaniels (heel) managed six points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), nine rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes during Tuesday's 104-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: McDaniels (heel) was removed from the injury report on Monday after getting hurt during Sunday's game against the Bucks. He turned in a well-rounded stat line, including career highs in assists and minutes, plus he matched his career high in rebounding. Still, McDaniels is only worth targeting in deeper formats.
News: Biyombo will move to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Biyombo started the previous three games, but the Hornets will now go back to Cody Zeller, who was a DNP-CD in each of those last three contests.
News: Martin will start Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Hornets radio voice John Foicke reports.
Impact: With Devonte' Graham nursing a sore ankle, Martin will move into the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 4. He's played extended minutes off the bench over the past month-plus, but he hasn't done much to put himself on the fantasy radar.
News: Zeller will start Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Hornets radio voice John Focke reports.
Impact: The Hornets continue to change up their rotation on a whim night-to-night, and this time it will be Zeller who gets the start at center after being a DNP-CD in each of the last three games. Bismack Biyombo will move to the bench, while Willy Hernangomez will also be in the mix.
News: Graham (ankle) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Graham was considered doubtful as of Monday night, and the Hornets have now officially ruled him out as he nurses a sore left ankle. The second-year guard initially injured it during Sunday's loss to the Bucks, which he finished with 17 points and three assists. Charlotte's next game arrives Thursday versus Denver.
News: Chealey re-signed Tuesday with the Hornets on a 10-day contract.
Impact: The second-year pro will stick around in Charlotte for at least another week and a half after appearing in two games off the bench during his first 10-day pact with the club. Chealey isn't expected to receive regular run off the bench when Charlotte is at full strength, though he could have a spot in coach James Borrego's rotation Tuesday against the Spurs with top point guard Devonte' Graham (ankle) doubtful to play.
News: McDaniels (heel) isn't on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against San Antonio.
Impact: McDaniels picked up a heel injury during Sunday's matchup with Milwaukee, but the issue isn't expected to cost him any time. He's averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last nine games, all of which have come off the bench.
News: Graham (ankle) is expected to sit out Tuesday's game against San Antonio.
Impact: Graham injured his left foot/ankle in a collision with Giannis Antetokounmpo during Sunday's game, and he was unable to go through practice Monday morning. The Hornets haven't officially ruled him out, but Graham is expected to sit, which would open up a spot in the starting backcourt. When Graham missed a game last week, Malik Monk got the nod, but with Monk now suspended indefinitely, one of the Martin twins could move into the lineup alongside Terry Rozier.