Charlotte Hornets: Mid-season grades for Charlotte’s rookies

Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) /

During the course of the season, the Charlotte Hornets have seen a lot of production from their rookies.

The Charlotte Hornets have currently played thirty-nine games so far in the 2018-2019 season; seeing a lot of production from their rookies in that time. Will these rookies continue to make their mark in the NBA?

The Hornets seem to have done well in the draft since their rookies have been able to play multiple positions. Coach Borrego has done well with utilizing them in the lineup.

B. . SF/PF. Charlotte Hornets. MILES BRIDGES

During the season, Miles Bridges has seen limited playing time with the Hornets. There have only been two games so far, in which Coach Borrego has not let Bridges play in.

Bridges is currently averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for Charlotte. These are low numbers, but it is what should be expected for a player who has limited playing time.

During the course of the season, Miles Bridges has managed to throw down twenty-seven dunks! Many of these dunks have been electrifying, and have been worthy of the NBA’s Dunk Contest for this season.

As a rookie, Bridges is currently shooting the basketball with a percentage of .448. Out of the entire NBA, is shooting percentage is good enough to rank him at the #217 spot.

Bridges’ current career high for points in a game is seventeen, and it came during the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on December 15th; a game that he played for twenty-eight minutes in.

When Bridges plays for over twenty minutes, he has averaged 9.2 points per game this season. It may seem like a trend, but if the Hornets want to maximize Bridges’ production, they must give him more minutes.

B+. . PG/SG. Charlotte Hornets. DEVONTE' GRAHAM

Devonte’ Graham was the Hornets’ second-round pick in the NBA Draft in 2018. During the season, he has only played in nineteen games; starting in three of those games.

Graham is the only rookie for the Hornets that has started a game so far. As a starter, he seems to be playing nice complementary basketball with Hornets star, Kemba Walker.

So far this season, Graham is currently averaging 4.6 points and 2.4 assists per game this season. In Graham’s last five games, he is averaging 9.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game.

The Hornets have been getting a lot of production from Graham lately; since Jeremy Lamb has been recovering from a hamstring injury. Regarding production, Graham is also tied with Joe Harris at #125 for assists per game.

Graham has earned the right to stay on the Hornets for good. He also seems to be too good for the G-League, and could easily be a nice bench player for Charlotte if anyone is traded.

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Charlotte has some nice rookies on their roster, and it is up to Coach Borrego to help them progress and become stars. With more minutes, Charlotte’s rookies could provide more production for the team.