Charlotte Hornets to kick off Summer League against Warriors

Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With the NBA Draft over and Free Agency underway, the Charlotte Hornets are preparing for their first Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Charlotte Hornets are set for their first Summer League game of the offseason against the Golden State Warriors. The only bad news for this game is that their lottery pick from this year’s draft, PJ Washington, will miss it.

Washington is dealing with a foot injury that he sustained in college, and the team is only keeping out to be cautious. Washington is expected to be ready by training camp despite the minor injury.

The Hornets will get to see both of their second-round picks take part in the game. They will also have other players such as Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, and Devonte Graham.

Charlotte Hornets vs Golden State Warriors
9:00 p.m. EST, Friday, July 5th, 2019
Cox Pavilion

Injury Report:


PJ Washington – Foot (Out)



Things to watch for:

Since PJ Washington is out, it will be essential to observe how Cody Martin and Jalen McDaniels performs against the Warrior’s sophomore players. Both of these players may be expected to step in during the regular season, so it’s important that they make this game memorable.

The point guard position is an important one, as the Hornets still require a third point guard behind Devonte Graham. Joe Chealey is on the Hornets’ summer league team, and he could make the active roster after spending last season with the team.

Finally, Hornets fans will get to see two of their most exciting young players play, Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon. Bacon put on a show last year during summer league, and his excellent play from the end of last season could carry over into this game.

Keys to the game:

Since this is the first Summer League game, teams are expected to commit a lot of common mistakes, but that may not be the case with the Hornets. Charlotte’s coaches are good at making sure their players maintain a high Basketball IQ, so I expect them to commit no more than ten turnovers.

Summer League games are all about teamwork, but if Charlotte wants to win this game, they will need Bridges, Graham, and Bacon to go off. All of these players showed a lot of promise last season, so the Hornets should have high expectations of them.

The Warriors have a terrific coaching staff, and they are good at helping their players achieve their fullest potential. Hornets’ Summer League coach, Ronald Nored, will simply need to out-couch Golden State’s coaching staff.

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I expect Friday’s Summer League game to be very exciting, and hopefully, it will show glimpses of how the Hornets’ young players will play this season. Summer League is essential to any young players’ growth; Charlotte will need a good game from their young players.