The Charlotte Hornets have signed former Xavier guard J.P. Macura to a two-way contract. The 6’5 guard spent four seasons at Xavier and averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game last season, shooting 38 percent from 3.
Macura has a quick release with his jumpshot and can finish well at the rim with both hands. He works well off the ball as well, as he is able to cut to the basket and finish at the rim. He has good size to play both guard positions, though it appears he is more of a shooting guard.
Development wise, Macura will have to prove he can adjust to the speed of the NBA. He isn’t an elite athlete, so he may struggle defending NBA caliber guards and forwards.
As a two-way player, he will spend most of next season with the Greensboro Swarm. We will, however, get an extended look at him next month in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Here’s a recent compilation for Macura if you’re interested:
Hornets add DeVoe, Johnson, and Cokley to Summer League roster
The Hornets also signed a few players to their Summer League roster over the weekend, adding Clemson’s Gabe DeVoe, LaSalle’s B.J. Johnson, and UAB’s Chris Cokley.
DeVoe spent four seasons at Clemson and had a standout senior season, averaging 14.2 points (up from 7.1 his junior season), 4.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. The 6’3 guard shot 44.9 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3. Impressively, 6.2 of his average 10.8 shot attempts per game came from beyond the arc, and he shot near 40 percent. DeVoe announced his invitation via Twitter.
Johnson, a 6’7 forward, averaged 20.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game his senior season. His invitation to summer league was announced by Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Johnson shot 44.6 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from 3. He transferred to LaSalle following two seasons of limited action at Syracuse. The move paid off, as Johnson became the focal point of LaSalle’s offense.
Like DeVoe and Johnson, Cokley is a four year college player. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game his senior season. While not a 3-point shooter, the 6’8 forward shot 58.2 percent from the field on nearly 12 attempts per game. While no outlet has announced Cokley’s invitation, a recent tweet suggests he will be in the mini-camp prior to Summer League.
The Hornets are clearly valuing four year players as they fill out their summer league roster, and outside of Cokley, these players appear to be above average outside shooters. We’ll have more as the team continues to fill out their roster.