2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
30-41, 3rd in Southeast

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Clifford offers a great observation on the insulation some players are surrounded by when speaking about Willy Hernangomez over the weekend: "Frankly if you were one place and you didn't play much, I think that if you want to play more in the next place — I would work harder, do more, kill myself, that's the way I would see it," the coach said. "Unfortunately, in the world the players live in, they don't hear that. Instead, it's the (fault of the) organization, it's the coach, the assistant, that isn't working with him right. No, come on. I tell our guys that all the time. They're surrounded by people who tell them what they want to hear. The reality is this — he wasn't playing here for a reason. You know, he's going to have to change things."

76ers use second half to top Hornets (0:54)
Hernangomez drains corner 3 to beat buzzer (0:16)
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Pelicans rookie Jackson has another surgery

The Pelicans say rookie guard Frank Jackson won't make his NBA debut this season after having follow-up surgery to remove residual scar tissue from earlier right foot operations.

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Sources: Achilles tendinitis sidelines Batum

An MRI on Hornets forward Nic Batum revealed chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles, and his return to the lineup will be based upon his response to treatment, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ntilikina gets 4-point play opportunity (0:25)
Garden lights up after Williams' slam (0:25)
Kanter shows off on both sides (0:26)
Fan saves beverage after Williams' collides on sidelines (0:21)
Williams drops tough putback dunk (0:28)
Nice pass by O'Quinn leads to Hicks dunk (0:17)
Knicks' bench reacts to Howard's block (0:28)
Batum, Howard connect for alley-oop slam (0:17)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting point from Hornets coach Steve Clifford about playing younger players to evaluate them, something the Knicks are doing now: "People talk about development or being able to see guys for next year. If you can't be organized when somebody's on the floor, one you can't evaluate them and two, they're hurting the ability of the other guys to play.... younger players have to be able to play in a way on the floor where the team can function. Because otherwise you can say you're evaluating them but you're screwing the other four guys up and you can't evaluate them."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Willy Hernangomez is still getting used to Charlotte's sets, which is one reason he's been mostly out of the rotation since his trade from the Knicks. Here's Clifford on what he's seen from Hernangomez thus far: "He's smart but he's not this high flyer, phenomenal natural athlete that's going to be able to make up ground. He's got to be on top of things. Especially on the defensive end, if he's not really detailed and ready defensively, he's not that guy (who gets by on athleticism) … To be an every day player, and I've already told him this, he's got to really improve his shooting. Right now, in my opinion, is he is a back-to-the-basket player who can pass. But the reality is his passing isn't going to come into play until (defenders) have to close to him (as a shooter)."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Willy Hernangomez said Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been clear in telling him what he has to do to be successful in Charlotte, which he appreciates: "He's tells you the things that's going on, the things that he wants to do and wants to improve. The things you have to do if you want to play. It's very clear. I really like Steve and he's a way different of coach. Here everybody follows rules – defense, offense, everybody helping each other. It's not like, maybe in New York it was a little bit free – defense, offense. Here everybody follows rules, everybody helps each other. I was really surprised when I came here to see the difference."


Howard dominates inside as Hornets beat Hawks 129-117

Dwight Howard scored 20 of his season-high 33 points in the second half, Nicolas Batum had a triple-double and set a career high with 16 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-117 on Thursday night.

Williams does it again with big dunk for the Hornets (0:16)
Williams lays down the law with jam (0:16)
Davis, Rondo fuel Pelicans (0:56)
Howard shows off his reach with alley-oop finish (0:21)
Katie & Cy's bracket of best NBA nicknames (3:22)

Team Stats

Points Per Game107.013th
Rebounds Per Game44.94th
Assists Per Game21.328th
Points Allowed107.920th

2017 Draft Picks

1(11)Malik MonkSGKentucky
2(1)Frank JacksonPGDuke

Team History