With the roster almost set I have decided to go through each position and analyze the individual players, and how I feel the position impacts the Hornets. First I will preview the point guard position:
Kemba Walker will undoubtedly be the starting point guard throughout the season. He is looked at as a cornerstone of the franchise, and is the teams most skilled point guard by a long shot. It’s tough to say exactly what kind of player Kemba is going to be with his new supporting cast, but I think he will improve across the board.
Last season he improved his assist numbers but saw a drop in his field goal percentage. Next season I look for him to improve upon both stats. The acquisition of Lance Stephenson takes a lot of pressure off Kemba, which will improve his decision making. Previously Kemba forced a lot of shots because he lacked confidence (rightfully so) in the offensive abilities of his teammates. This season he will have the teammates he needs to become the player he is capable of being.
PPG: 16 APG: 8 FG%: 45 3P%: 34
Brian Roberts is a player most people know nothing about. He has only played two seasons in the NBA but is 28 years old. He went undrafted out of Dayton, and decided to play overseas until he felt he was ready for the NBA. He provides a much needed upgrade over Luke Ridnour who was a liability every time he stepped foot on the court.
Roberts provides a good complement to the skill set of Kemba Walker. Although they are about the same size, Roberts provides 3 point shooting Walker has yet to showcase. He shot 37% from 3 in his first two seasons in the NBA, which is a huge upgrade over Kembas NBA career 32% 3 point percentage. Roberts is looked at as a sub-par defender due to his size but as the Hornets showed last year that can easily be masked in Steve Cliffords defense. I see Roberts becoming a great scoring spark off the bench who can facilitate efficiently.
PPG: 11 APG: 2 FG%: 44 3P%: 38
Jannero Pargo is entering his 11th season in the NBA, and his 3rd season with the Bobcats/Hornets. Pargo is past his prime but can give the Hornets a reliable veteran who can come off the bench, and produce when needed. He also provides a solid locker room presence which is important with the offseason acquisitions of Lance Stephenson, and P.J. Hairston.
One of the great things about Jannero Pargo is you know exactly what your getting. He can come off the bench and shoot threes when needed, other than that he is efficient, but not spectacular in any category. Pargo likely won’t see much playing time unless someone gets injured. Lets hope that doesn’t happen.
PPG: 3 APG: .5 FG%: 42 3P%: 35
Overall I think the Hornets are much improved at the point guard position. Replacing Ridnour with Roberts is a huge upgrade and will bring the 3 point shooting we’ve needed at the position. Also I look for vast improvements from Kemba with assists, and shot selection. As long as Kemba is healthy this position should be solid.
Let me know what you think about the point guards in the comment section!
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