By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on July 16, 2014
Making the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history, the Charlotte Hornets are a team on the rise in the NBA. As their young guys, rookies, and players trying to make a roster take the floor at the Las Vegas Summer League, you have to wonder if they’re part of the next step. These are the five guys who’ve stood out thus far in Vegas for Charlotte.
Playing in Italy and in the D-League since graduating from Saint Mary’s in 2011, McConnell has put forth a solid showing in Vegas. The point guard has started all three games, averaging nine points, 2.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game on 41.7 percent shooting. It may not be enough to earn a roster spot, but he’s definitely mad his presence felt.
After going undrafted out of San Diego State, Josh Davis has been a surprise for the Hornets. The forward has averaged only 6.7 points per game, but has been efficient from the field. More noticeably, though, he’s been a force on the boards, averaging 12 per game and notching 16 rebounds in each of his first two contests.
The ninth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft struggled mightily on the offensive end early on, but has settled down and shown a ton of potential. He’s also averaged a solid 9.7 rebounds per game and has been solid as a shot blocker. With his youth, Vonleh is showing a lot of positive signs in terms of what he could be for Charlotte eventually.
Zeller has played just one game in Summer League after attending his brother’s wedding, but he shined in that one appearance. Zeller put up 18 points, four boards, one assist, one steal and one block on 46.2 percent shooting in his lone contest. He’s looked like a player that has a year in the league under his belt and is ready to progress.
Hairston has shot just 28 percent from the floor over three games, but has improved moving forward. Over the last two games, he’s put up 20 points per game on 12-34 shooting, but also while shooting 9-19 from long-range. Hairston is showing all indications that he’s going to be the perimeter threat that the Hornets need him to be.
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