Charlotte Hornets: Dwayne Bacon needs to be called up from G-League

Charlotte Hornets Dwayne Bacon. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Dwayne Bacon. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Since being sent to the G-League by the Charlotte Hornets, Dwayne Bacon has earned his spot back on the regular roster.

Last Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets transferred third-year player, Dwayne Bacon, to the G-League to play for the Greensboro Swarm. Since being transferred, Bacon has established himself as one of the G-League’s best players.

Bacon spent almost an entire year with the Hornets before being sent back to the Swarm. In the three games that he’s played in so far for Greensboro, Bacon has averaged 47.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

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His numbers are astonishing, as he’s playing better than he initially did for the Swarm. In his previous two seasons for the Swarm, Bacon averaged 23.0 points and seven rebounds per game. Bacon has made a significant jump since his first two seasons.

Dwayne Bacon’s production in the G-League has to have the Hornets wondering. Since he’s dominated in three straight games, why haven’t the Hornets brought him back yet?

In just 39 games with the Hornets, Bacon has averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Bacon also started in eleven of those games, where he averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The Hornets are currently loaded at the guard and forward positions, and this could be a significant reason why Bacon was demoted to the G-League. In his last ten games with the Hornets, he averaged 1.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game with inconsistent minutes.

Since the Hornets are committing to the youth-movement, shouldn’t they be letting players like Bacon play? At 24-years-old, Bacon has continued to show improvement with the Hornets.

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Bacon is likely in the G-League so he can get heated up again, but how long are the Hornets going to make him wait? I know the Hornets have a lot of depth, but are Caleb Martin and Joe Chealey that much better than him?

When you look at the numbers, both of these players are not on the same level as Bacon. Yes, Bacon may be struggling with his field goal percentage, but he looks outstanding when he gets in his groove.

Bacon has had three games where he finished with 22+ points this season for the Hornets. In those games, Charlotte only went 2-1, and Bacon averaged a shooting-percentage of 49% from the floor.

His scoring production does help the Hornets, but the Hornets have not done well when he does not score over twelve points. Currently, the Hornets have gone 5-18 when Bacon scores between one and eleven points.

However, the Hornets have struggled when Bacon has a scoreless game. In the games where Bacon did not score, the Hornets went 2-8. Bacon struggled to score in those games, as he saw inconsistent minutes.

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Dwayne Bacon’s time in the G-League must be helping him, and the Hornets should be playing him more. I expect the Hornets to bring him back sometime in early March, as he should be more than ready by then.