Looking back at 2016
Reinis Laacis looks back on the Charlotte Hornets' 2015-16 season.
Nicolas Batum had a great season for the Charlotte Hornets. However, we also need to acknowledge the stints of his careless and poor defense.
With 130 blocks total in the last four years combined, Jeremy Lin is among the best shot blockers ever for his size. Lin even recorded a career-high 42 shots blocked shots for the Hornets in the 2015-16 season.
Al Jefferson's field goal percentage near the rim has dropped quite low the last two seasons. A barrage of missed chippies only has highlighted that. Yet, in the meantime, Big Al somehow had his dunking-est year for the Hornets as well.
Back in 2014-15 Kemba Walker was the third worst pull-up 3-point shooter in the league. The point guard revised his shooting form during the summer, burned any defender who went under the screen on him and made the fourth most pull-up 3s in 2015-16.
Cody Zeller ranks 5th in the league for the 2015-16 season in points per possession (1.22) as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. The big man can thank Nicolas Batum for that, without whom on the court Zeller's field goal percentage drops by 8.2%.
Hawes ranks among the league's best big man passers of the 2015-16 season. His offensive awareness and soft hands can especially be highlighted on the numerous bounce pass connections he made with guards when working from the elbow and the post.
Numerous things point to the great job Steve Clifford and his coaching staff have done with the Charlotte Hornets. One of them, albeit a small nugget, is the way coach Clifford is ready to navigate his players through opponent out-of-bounds plays.