The Charlotte Hornets are finishing up their last few roster moves of the summer, and will sign Tyler Hansbrough to a contract, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
The Hornets have come to terms with Tyler Hsnsbrough,— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 22, 2015
Hansbrough is a former national player of the year out of North Carolina, but his NBA career has not been as prestigious. Drafted to the Indiana Pacers, Hansbrough has mainly spent his time as a pro being a bruiser, making hustle plays, and playing the pest role. This has earned him a reputation as a fake tough guy, but narratives like that are usually associated to players that aren't very well liked, and it's pretty silly to say which NBA players are tougher than others.
As far as Hansbrough's on court ability goes, his defense isn't anything to gloat about, but it's definitely far from bad. He will usually be in the right spot when necessary, and put in a good system can be useful. That said, he can't be asked to be an anchor, and he's not going to be making game changing plays on that end. There's nothing wrong with being an average defender, especially when sharing the court with guys like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but it also leaves those that watch him wanting more.
As a rebounder Hansbrough's counting numbers are shockingly low. He has a career average of 4.5 per game, and while this could just be a case of that not being a part of his role, it's weird to have a hustle big man that historically shows low rebound numbers.
On offense is when things really begin to fall apart. His turnover percentages reach shockingly high levels when his usage increases, and he lacks any ability to score at all. There's no jumpshot, his post game is abysmal, and the only time he'll ever score is off put backs or a random bucket here or there. He's shown flashes of being able to pass the ball, but without the ability to score Hansbrough finds himself not being able to make much use of his passing.
Without many NBA skills, it's hard to see Hansbrough doing anything more for the Hornets than filling out a roster spot and supplying depth. He's unlikely to play much with how many big men the Hornets already have on the roster, but if he can play well in the little amount of time he's on the court then this isn't exactly a bad signing. Just a confusing one.
Last season, with the Toronto Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough averaged 3.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.