Hornets finish summer play

From Staff and Wire Reports

ORLANDO — The Charlotte Hornets finished up their week of summer ball with an 82-73 win over Brooklyn Friday.

The Hornets started off the week by losing their first two games, but then finished up by taking two out of three.

Associate head coach Patrick Ewing, who coached the team this week, said more than once that this week was primarily about improving three guys who will definitely be on the roster in returning players P.J. Hairston and Troy Daniels and first-round draft pick Frank Kaminsky.

Still, undrafted rookie Aaron Harrison also made his presence felt during the week while hopefully fighting for an invitation to the Hornets’ training camp this fall.

In the final game of the Orlando Pro Summer League, Kaminsky posted 19 points and six rebounds and Harrison added 15 and five.

Kaminsky, the ninth overall pick in the draft, closed out an impressive five-game stint, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

He started off the week hot from long range, but cooled down. He finished 7-18, good for 38.9 percent. He went 13-17 from the foul line, 76.5 percent.

“He’s really skilled, he’s really tough to guard,” Harrison said of his teammate. “He’s very versatile and can shoot the ball.”

Harrison, who was the leading scorer for a Kentucky team that made the Final Four, finished the week notching 13.4 points, 4.8 boards and leading the team with 3.4 assists.

“He’s very aggressive and not shy,” Kaminsky said of the shooting guard. “He’s coming out here looking to get a job — a lot of people are — and I think he played really well.”

Harrison struggled in the first two games with his long-range shooting, going 1-9. In the final three games, he went 4-12, 33 percent from deep.

What was most impressive, however, was that the team played better when Harrison was on the floor. In his 29 minutes against Brooklyn, the Hornets were +15 outscoring the Nets when he played and -6 when he went to the bench.

In 2014, Troy Daniels was finishing up a year in the NBA D-League. He led the league in three-pointers made and is now trying to make a name for himself in the NBA with his shooting.

This week Daniels shot a ridiculous 54.5 percent from deep, 75 percent from the line on the way to averaging 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Charlotte also saw development out of P.J. Hairston. The second year swingman tallied 16 points, eight boards and four assists.

Hairston, who also starred in the D-League before being drafted by the Hornets, started off the week going 2-14 from long range in the two losses. In the last three games, he went 8-20, 40 percent.

He averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

Most of the NBA teams are now in Las Vegas for the big summer league, but the Hornets aren’t one of the 24 participating.

From Staff and Wire Reports