Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup
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Charlotte Hornets guard/forward Cody Martin (knee) is considered probable for Wednesday's matchup against Atlanta. He missed a pair of games at the start of the month but has since then featured in four consecutive contests, playing very healthy minutes. So, Martin has been looking good health-wise lately and is expected to play versus the Hawks. The 28-year-old has averaged 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes across the past four games. It's a fantasy dream matchup for Martin and the Hornets on Wednesday, as two of the worst defensive teams in the league go head to head, with Atlanta also holding a top-three spot in pace.
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (ankle) remains out on Wednesday night against Atlanta. The 22-year-old is averaging a career-high 23.9 points with 8.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. However, he's missed his last 10 games, although he's missed far more time throughout the 2023-24 campaign. With Terry Rozier (shoulder) now in Miami, Tre Mann, who nearly had a triple-double on Monday night against Indiana, is worthy of a starting spot in all fantasy lineups. At the same time, Grant Williams, coming off a 21-point showing, has likely found his way onto fantasy rosters in the last few days. Of course, Miles Bridges and Brandon Miller are still the safest options in terms of potential on the scoring end.
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (ankle) remains out on Monday against the Pacers. The 22-year-old has averaged a career-high 23.9 points during the 2023-24 campaign. However, he's missed 30 games already this season, which hasn't been for his fantasy potential. At any rate, nobody can say for certain when Ball will return. But until that happens, Tre Mann, who had nine points in his first game with the Hornets on Saturday, could remain in the starting lineup. At the same time, fellow OKC teammate Vasilije Micic, coming off an 18-point, nine-assist performance, will be a popular streaming option.
Charlotte Hornets guard Vasilije Micic debuted for his new team on Saturday versus Memphis. The 30-year-old rookie was traded from OKC on Thursday. He looked fantastic in his first appearance with the Hornets, logging 26 minutes off the bench and finishing just one assist shy of a double-double. Micic, who made a name for himself overseas, averaged only 3.3 points and 2.5 assists in 30 games with the Thunder this season. However, he could have already earned himself a regular spot in the rotation, even when LaMelo Ball (ankle) is ready to return. While Micic has a way to go to prove his value to fantasy managers, he's worth adding in case he stays hot moving forward.
Charlotte Hornets forward Grant Williams (recently traded) and guard Kyle Lowry won't suit up for Friday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks. Williams could eventually play a meaningful role for the Hornets upon his debut, so while he's worth watching in season-long fantasy leagues, the 25-year-old won't play on Friday. Lowry's status is worth noting because general manager Mitch Kupchak previously stated the veteran guard wouldn't play before Thursday's trade deadline. Lowry remains away from the team, meaning they could still be working toward a buyout. With LaMelo Ball (ankle) and Mark Williams (back) on the shelf, Charlotte is going to be razor-thin both inside and out on Friday. The offense will center around Miles Bridges and Brandon Miller, but it's a nightmarish draw against a Bucks team that was just blown out on their home floor on Thursday.