Mathiang played almost the entire season in the G League but did occasionally get called-up by the Hornets. The only noticeable game for the former Louisville standout was on Mar. 22 when he poured in eight points and added four rebounds against the Grizzlies. Mathiang will likely find his way on a G League team come next season.
Mathiang was recalled from the G-League's Greensboro Swarm on Thursday.
Mathiang has spent the last three weeks in Greensboro after what was a brief call-up to Charlotte, and his return to the Hornets on Thursday may be a result of both Dwight Howard (suspension) and Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be out for the team's matchup with Memphis. Mathiang has only appeared in three games for the Hornets this season, and likely will remain a deep bench option for Thursday's outing.
Mathiang was assigned to the G-League on Monday.
It was a short stint for Mathiang with the big club, as he was just recalled earlier Monday. That said, it's further evidence that Mathiang is well out of the regular rotation considering injuries to Marvin Williams (eye) and Cody Zeller (knee). Look for Mathiang to continue to develop in the G-League for most of the final month of the season.
The Hornets are a bit banged up in the frontcourt with Marvin Williams (eye) and Cody Zeller (knee) nursing injuries, so Mathiang could be called upon to dress Tuesday against the Pelicans if either or both players are unavailable. Even in that scenario, it's unlikely that Mathiang would see much meaningful run, as the rookie has made just three appearances for the Hornets all season. He's seen no more than five minutes in any of those outings.
Mathiang totaled 21 points (7-12 FG, 7-9 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 31 minutes during Wednesday's 98-88 win over Lakeland.
This was the 25-year-old's second time reaching the 20-point mark and 10th double-double this season. Mathiang has been an inconsistent scorer for the Swarm though. If the former Louisville forward can score in double digits consistently, he is very capable of a double-double night in and night out, as he is averaging 9.2 rebounds this season.
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