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Hornets' Nick Smith: Back with Hornets
The Hornets recalled Smith from the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Wednesday.
The arrival of several new players last week in the aftermath of the trade deadline resulted in Smith getting pushed out of the rotation and assigned to Greensboro, where he'll likely get the chance to play extended minutes. Though he's back with Charlotte for Wednesday's game versus Atlanta, Smith is uncertain to re-emerge in head coach Steve Clifford's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: G League bound after rotation exit
The Hornets assigned Smith to the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Monday.
In the wake of Thursday's trade deadline, the Hornets essentially overhauled their second unit. After appearing in each of the previous 28 games and averaging 18.3 minutes, Smith didn't leave the bench in Saturday's 115-106 win over the Grizzlies, and Nathan Mensah, Leaky Black and Bryce McGowens were also spectators after having previously been included in the rotation. Meanwhile, new arrivals Vasilije Micic, Seth Curry, Grant Williams and Davis Bertans all had roles off the bench in the win. Smith's demotion to the G League likely signals that the Hornets will stick with the new veteran group as their core players on the second unit for Monday's game against the Pacers.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Impressive three-point efficiency
Smith racked up 12 points (4-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one steal over 21 minutes during Friday's 126-106 loss to Oklahoma City.
Smith's skinny frame and lack of true point-guard instincts give him a learning curve as a rookie, but his three-point shooting has been off-the-charts. He connected on just 33.8 percent of 4.2 threes per game during his one-and-done campaign at Arkansas last year, so his 47.9 percent clip through 94 attempts thus far is a revelation.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Steps up in win
Smith logged eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 15 minutes during Monday's 128-125 victory over Minnesota.
Smith was conducive to good ball movement and offensive activity for the Hornets on Monday, although he provided his scoring value by being a reliable spot-up man in the corner. The rookie profiles as a two-way sparkplug at the moment and is forming an exciting foundation, connecting on 45.5 percent of 77 three-point attempts thus far... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Hot shooting continues
Smith finished Monday's 119-112 overtime loss to Chicago with 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 32 minutes.
The 27th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft has forced his way into a significant role in the backcourt rotation over the last few weeks with an impressive performance from beyond the arc. Over the last eight games, Smith has drained multiple three-pointers six times and shot 58.1 percent from long distance, averaging 9.5 points, 2.3 threes, 2.1 boards and 1.8 assists in only 18.6 minutes a night from the second unit. LaMelo Ball (ankle) is closing in on his return, which will shake things up, but Smith's current run will make it tough for coach Steve Clifford to return the rookie to the end of the bench.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Hits two triples in win
Smith closed with six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3Pt), one assist and two blocks across 14 minutes during Tuesday's 111-104 victory over Sacramento.
With Charlotte shorthanded, Smith has played double-digit minutes in nine straight games, averaging 8.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting during that stretch. He should continue to garner a modest bench role as long as LaMelo Ball (ankle), Brandon Miller (hip) and Gordon Hayward (calf) remain out, but Smith isn't producing enough to be on fantasy radars in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Will come off bench Tuesday
Smith will remain in the second unit for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.
Coming off a 19-point outing in Saturday's loss against Denver, Smith could have a relevant role with Brandon Miller (ankle) inactive. He could factor into small-ball lineups for Charlotte with Mark Williams (back) out.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Recalled by Charlotte
The Hornets recalled Smith from the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Thursday.
Smith spent just a few days in the G League but will now rejoin the parent club. Over eight appearances with the Hornets this year, he's averaged 4.0 points in 7.1 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Ruled out
Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Maimi.
As expected, Smith has been downgraded from doubtful to out and will miss a second straight game. The rookie hasn't been a consistent part of the rotation, so his absence shouldn't impact fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Listed as doubtful
Smith (ankle) is doubtful for Monday's matchup against the Heat.
Smith is listed as doubtful for a second straight game. The rookie hasn't been a regular part of Charlotte's rotation, so his presumed absence shouldn't impact fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Downgraded to out
Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Raptors.
As expected, Smith has been downgraded from doubtful to out. It's unclear when exactly he sprained his ankle, but he scored 14 points in Greensboro's blowout loss to Capital City on Thursday. Smith hasn't been a regular part of Charlotte's rotation, so his absence shouldn't have a fantasy impact.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Nursing ankle injury
The Hornets list Smith as doubtful for Friday's game against the Raptors with a right ankle sprain.
Smith was called up from the G League's Greensboro Swarm earlier in the day, but he doesn't look like he'll be on track to play Friday against the Raptors while he manages the ankle injury. Even when healthy, Smith hasn't been a regular member of the Charlotte rotation during his rookie season. He's appeared in eight of the Hornets' first 19 games, averaging 4.0 points and 0.6 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Back to NBA
Charlotte recalled Smtih from the G League's Greensboro Swarm on Friday.
Smith's second G League assignment of the season lasted just one day. The rookie recorded 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), three assists and one rebound during Greensboro's blowout loss to Capital City on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Returns to G League
The Hornets assigned Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Thursday.
Smith's assignment to the Swarm marks his second of the season. The rookie guard has been an inconsistent part of Charlotte's rotation and should receive extended playing time in the G League.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Recalled to Charlotte
Smith was called up to Charlotte's main roster Tuesday evening.
Smith made his G League debut with the Greensboro Swarm earlier in the day Tuesday, delivering 21 points, three rebounds and three assists in a win over Capital City. His matinee cameo ends with a return to the Hornets, where he's averaged 4.0 points in 7.1 minutes per game across eight appearances this season... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Assigned to G League
The Hornets assigned Nick Smith to the Greensboro Swarm of the G League on Monday.
This is the first G League assignment of the season for Smith. The rookie hasn't been utilized much in Charlotte, appearing in eight games with an average of 7.1 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Perfect from three in win
Smith recorded a career-high nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt) along with one rebound and one block across 14 minutes in Thursday's 129-128 victory over the Nets.
It appears Smith will get more opportunities off the bench after an MRI confirmed LaMelo Ball sustained a right ankle sprain, sidelining him for at least a week. In Smith's last six games, he has averaged 8.7 minutes per game, so expect that to trend upwards in the immediate future.... See More ... See Less
Hornets' Nick Smith: Scores career-high eight points
Smith supplied eight points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt) in five minutes during Tuesday's 115-91 loss to the Knicks.
Smith played in just his seventh game of the season Tuesday, scoring a career-high eight points in five minutes. The Hornets recently lost LaMelo Ball to what is being described as a serious ankle sprain. While Smith is still buried on the depth chart, there is a chance the Hornets may opt to see what they have in Smith, especially if their current trajectory holds. He is clearly not someone who needs to be prioritized, but the situation warrants at least some attention.... See More ... See Less
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