Frank Kaminsky is Steadily Improving For the Charlotte Hornets


By Jerry Stephens of FanSided – Many thought Kaminsky was the wrong pick for the Charlotte Hornets but he has played well so far this season and is steadily improving.

When the Charlotte Hornets drafted Frank Kaminsky with ninth overall pick int he 2015 NBA Draft, many fans and people around the league immensely criticized the selection. Everyone thought that the this was yet another Hornets draft blunder but Kaminsky is slowing proving that wrong.

Many wanted Charlotte Hornets to draft Justise Winslow or another player with the pick that led to Kaminsky. There was also a rumor that the Boston Celtics were offering a trade for the Hornets’ ninth pick that included four potential first round picks for the future.

Many were upset that Charlotte did not make this trade with he Celtics or that they did not draft a player like Justise Winslow with the pick. But just about at the halfway mark of the season, Kaminsky is proving that he can play in this league.

The reason that Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, and the Charlotte Hornets front office felt so confident in taking Frank Kaminsky is because he was one of the most ready to play players in the draft. He spent four years at the University of Wisconsin and was a mature player. He has already developed his game and could be a contributor right off of the bat.

Kaminsky was probably the best college player in the draft because he was named the John R. Wooden Award winner, the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year, the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy, and the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year for his senior season.

He was arguably the most complete player that didn’t have a great deal of upside like some of the higher draft picks did. Kaminsky has shown his ability to contribute this season with his play. he has recently gotten more minutes with the injury to Al Jefferson and he has proven his worth.

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Frank the Tank has averaged 10.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game in 14 games that Al Jefferson has missed this season. He has gotten better as the season has progressed.

The Hornets and Head Coach, Steve Clifford, did not want to give Kaminsky big minutes at the start of the season. They wanted to ease him into his minutes so that he could get a feel for the speed of play at the NBA level.

This was a great idea for Frank and for the team. You can see Kaminsky getting better each game as he gets a better feel for the NBA.

Many wanted the Hornets to draft Justise Winslow over Kaminsky because of his upside but here is a look at their stats so far in their rookie seasons:

Kaminsky – 7.1 PPG, 1.2 APG, 3.5 RPG, 40% FG, 32.5% 3P in 20.0 MPG
Winslow – 5.9 PPG, 1.3 APG, 4.7 RPG, 41.7% FG, 25% 3P in 27.3 MPG

Per 36 Minutes:

Kaminsky – 12.8 points, 2.2 assists, 6.2 rebounds
Winslow – 7.7 points, 1.7 assists, 6.2 rebounds

Per 100 Possessions:

Kaminsky – 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, 8.7 rebounds, 105 Offensive Rating, 104 Defensive Rating
Winslow – 11.2 points, 2.5 assists, 9.0 rebounds, 91 Offensive Rating, 103 Defensive Rating

Most people knew that Winslow’s offensive game would need time to develop but his defensive prowess was there. They were right. But the Charlotte Hornets wanted a big man who could come in and contribute offensive to fit their new style of play for this season and that is exactly what they got when they drafted Frank Kaminsky.