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Free agent options for the Hornets to consider - frontcourt edition

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If the Hornets decide to look into adding depth to the frontcourt, a range of old and young players are available.

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Free agency kicked off last night, with the biggest surprise going to Paul George, who decided to stick around with the Oklahoma City Thunder instead of jettisoning for the Lakers. Many other signed as well, so many in fact that one of the original options for this article, Ersan Ilyasova, signed with the Bucks before this article could even go up. But fear not, there are plenty of other options available.

While the Hornets will likely target a backup point guard, there are free agent big men that could improve the roster. Some are more likely candidates than others, but all are worth considering. Let’s jump in.

Mike Scott

Mike Scott had one of the best comeback seasons with the Washington Wizards this past season. In 76 games, Scott averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from 3, and 65.8 percent from the line. By comparision Scott averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 2016-17 with the Atlanta Hawks, shooting 28.8 percent from the field, 14.8 percent from deep.

Scott’s high shooting efficiency of 53.5 percent ranks him higher than Frank Kaminsky (48.3), Marvin Williams (49.0), and Cody Zeller (50.5). He also finished with a high Offensive Rating (106.4). Scott could provide the Hornets with a viable front court scorer, but at 29, there is a concern that he’s maxed out his potential.

Anthony Tolliver

A 12-year veteran and a cult hero from the Bobcats era, Anthony Tolliver is coming off a season where he made 43.6 of his 3-point attempts, making 159 total. This total puts him above the likes of Lebron James (149), Khris Middleton (146), Karl-Anthony Towns (120), and Nikola Jokic (111).

Tolliver a career 37.6 3-point percentage, and has made near or above 100 3-pointers in five seasons.

In his previous stint in Charlotte, Tolliver averaged 6.1 points per game on 20.3 minutes/game but made an impressive 41.3 percent from 3, which was his highest mark from distance since the 2010-11 season.

Having Tolliver come back to the Hornets would boost the number of 3-pointers made. Whiles Charlotte finished 8th in the NBA this past season in 3-pointe percentage, they finished 19th in team made 3-pointers per game, with only two frontcourt players — Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky — making above or near 40 percent.

Jordan Mickey

Jordan Mickey is one of the more intriguing frontcourt free agent options. His numbers in his career are just 4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks per game, but those numbers sky-rocket per 36: (11.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 and blocks).

He’s a young prospect that would fit into the team’s emphasis on player development, and he could be worth taking on an partially guaranteed contract.

Poll

Of these three potential frontcourt targets, which one do you think the Charlotte Hornets sign?!

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Mike Scott
    (123 votes)
  • 35%
    Anthony Tolliver
    (131 votes)
  • 30%
    Jordan Mickey
    (114 votes)
368 votes total Vote Now