Frank Kaminsky is a big deal — and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan made big deals to get the 2015 Naismith Award winner. If you look at the way Kaminsky is used to playing, at the kind of players he had around him at Wisconsin, it becomes ever more apparent why Jeremy Lin was an attractive pick-up for Jordan’s Hornets. Lin brings smart spacing and opportunistic lane penetration — and he’s coming off his best 3-point shooting year, despite other difficulties in LA.
The Hornets moves are designed to add offensive punch to a Charlotte team that averaged 94 points a game last season. Kaminsky is skilled in all facets of the offensive game — a tremendous passer, both out of the post and wide in the set, an excellent shooter — and a gritty offensive board man (at least at the college level). Fans are excited in Charlotte again, happy to have the swift Lance Stephenson era end. If Lin’s defense is what supporters say it is — deceivingly excellent — the Hornets will contend in the East over the next two years. That and, critically, if Kemba Walker is healthy, which appears to be the case.
— rob ion (@robistib) July 9, 2015