Charlotte Hornets: Frank Kaminsky deserves a chance

Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Frank Kaminsky. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

After getting limited playing time throughout the season, the Charlotte Hornets should look to give Frank Kaminsky more minutes.

During the season, the Charlotte Hornets have had a variety of rotations put in place for games because of player depth; many players have been restricted from getting minutes because of this. A player who has suffered this year because of the depth problem is Frank Kaminsky.

Due to the amount of depth in the front-court for the Hornets, Kaminsky has been limited to getting any playing time. The Hornets are now halfway completed with their season, and Kaminsky has only played 15% of the total minutes that he played last year.

This year, Kaminsky has only seen 281 minutes on the court, while last year he saw 1,835 minutes. Due to this irregularity of playing time for Kaminsky, it has caused him to be inconsistent on the court.

With the limited playing time, Kaminsky is averaging 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. This is a pretty good number to have, considering he has barely seen any court action this season.

Despite all of the inconsistency that Kaminsky has had in the past for Charlotte, I am a firm believer in “Frank the Tank.” His lack of playing time this season has not allowed him to progress and increase his production for Charlotte.

Kaminsky has the ability to be a threat for the Hornets when he is on the court. He possesses a lot of the attributes needed to make it in today’s age of three-point basketball in the league.

Out of the four years that he has played in Charlotte, Kaminsky has managed to knock down 304 three-pointers; that is pretty impressive for someone who is 7’0.

His three-point shooting can easily be compared to the likes of Dirk Nowitzki. In his first three seasons in the league, Kaminsky managed to knock down more shots from beyond the arc than Nowitzki. In Nowitzki’s first three seasons, he made 281 threes, while Kaminsky made 288.

Kaminsky deserves credit for his three-point shooting because Nowitzki had a lot more minutes in his first three seasons. Not to mention, Kaminsky has also averaged 11.4 points per game in his last two seasons for Charlotte.

With consistent minutes, Kaminsky could be an offensive threat for the Hornets. Times are changing in the NBA and the league has adopted more of a three-point shooting style of basketball; the Hornets must become a better perimeter shooting team so that they can keep up with the rest of the league.

While a lot of bigs in the league are now extending their game from beyond the arc, the Hornets must do the same by allowing their stretch big to play more. Kaminsky has the ability to put up points for Charlotte, and he is a tremendous asset to this team.

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Following the All-Star break, the Charlotte Hornets are set to take on the Washington Wizards on Friday night. It will be interesting to see if the Hornets will allow Kaminsky to have more playing time.