How Former Hornets Performed One Year After Leaving Charlotte

Taking a look at the production of seven former Charlotte Hornets.
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The Charlotte Hornets' roster looks a lot different than it did a year ago and it will experience even more changes in the coming weeks.

Seven members of last year's team (2022-23) latched on with another organization. How did those guys do? Here's a quick break down.

1. G Theo Maledon

Charlotte Hornets guard Theo Maledon (9) brings the ball up court. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Maledon was one of the many guard the Hornets used during LaMelo Ball's injury-plagued 2022-23 season. Charlotte waived him in December and would go on to play four games with the Phoenix Suns, seeing just 13 minutes of action. He did appear in five games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League where he averaged 9.6 points.

2. G Dennis Smith Jr.

Brooklyn Nets guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) celebrates his three-point basket. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Smith was a quality bench piece for the Hornets a year ago, bringing a toughness to the defensive end of the floor. He signed a one-year deal with Brooklyn last summer and produced similar numbers - 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 56 games.

3. F Jalen McDaniels

Toronto Raptors forward Jalen McDaniels (2) looks on. Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
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McDaniels really came into his own in 2022-23 with the Hornets, showing that he could be a high-end bench player who could give you a spot start every now and then. He averaged 10.6 points per game before getting traded to the 76ers. Surprisingly, McDaniels really took a step back this season with Toronto, seeing just 10 minutes per game across 50 appearances. He posted career lows across the board.

4. F Svi Mykhailiuk

Boston Celtics guard Svi Mykhailiuk (50) moves the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers. Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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Mykhailiuk took full advantage of his opportunity with the Charlotte Hornets which led to landing another NBA contract, but with Boston. In 41 games (two starts), Mykhailiuk averaged four points per game in a very limited role with the star-laden Celtics.

5. F Kelly Oubre Jr.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Kelly Oubre Jr. warms up before game six. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Oubre wanted to remain in Charlotte, but the Hornets didn't believe in investing in him beyond 2023. With the 76ers, Oubre registered 52 starts putting up 15.4 points, five rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 44% from the floor and 31% from three.

6. C Kai Jones

Charlotte Hornets forward Kai Jones (23) watches a free throw attempt.  Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports

Jones is still searching for his first action in an NBA game since leaving Charlotte. He played in two games with the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League before landing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Perhaps with a full offseason in a new location, Jones can bounce back.

7. C Mason Plumlee

LA Clippers center Mason Plumlee (44) warms up before the game against Dallas. Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Plumlee held down the five spot for the Hornets for a year and some change until the Hornets found their big man of the future in Mark Williams. In his first full season with the Clippers, Plumlee averaged 5.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. And yes, he's still shooting free throws left-handed. He shot 70% on the year which is an unbelievable number considering where he was just a couple years back.


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Schuyler Callihan


schuylercallihan(at)  Twitter:@Callihan_ Schuyler Callihan is the lead publisher of Mountaineers Now, All Panthers, and All Hornets on FanNation/Sports Illustrated. He took over publishing duties of All Panthers in 2020 and wanted to expand his professional coverage in the Queen City by running the operations at All Hornets. Schuyler attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia before finishing up his schooling at Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina. The Wheeling, West Virginia native made the move to North Carolina in 2015 and has been in Charlotte since 2021.