A glance at the Charlotte Hornets 2014-15 roster:
Bismack Biyombo, C-F, No. 8: He’s a shot-blocker/rim protector. Center is a position where the Hornets are a bit shallow this season.
P.J. Hairston – SG-SF, No. 19: Rookie with great 3-point shooting potential. He needs to improve his defense by NBA standards.
Gerald Henderson, SG, No. 9: He missed all eight preseason exhibitions because of a hamstring strain. Working back to regular-season rhythm.
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Al Jefferson, C, No. 25: He’s coming off an All-NBA season. One of the craftiest low-post scorers in the NBA.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, No. 14: The Hornets’ best all-around defender. He spent the summer fixing what had been a flawed jump shot.
Jason Maxiell, C-F, No. 54: Provides experience and another big body at the end of the Hornets’ bench.
Gary Neal, SG, No. 12: He arguably had the best preseason among Hornets after losing 23 pounds since arriving in Charlotte in a February trade.
Jannero Pargo, PG, No. 5: Reliable veteran third point guard. Sets an example for younger players in work ethic, readiness.
Brian Roberts, PG, No. 22: Arrived via free-agency from New Orleans. He’s a good 3-point shooter and pick-and-roll guy.
Lance Stephenson, SG-SF, No. 1: Has high potential as both a scorer and facilitator, particularly out of the pick-and-roll.
Noah Vonleh, PF, No. 11: A rookie whose’s early development has been limited by a sports hernia and a sprained ankle.
Kemba Walker, PG, No. 15: A tough, competitive winner, he is best getting to the rim off pick-and-rolls.
Marvin Williams, PF, No. 2: He was signed as a free agent in hopes his 3-point range will stretch defenses and give Al Jefferson more room to operate in the post.
Cody Zeller, PF, No. 40: Second-year power forward who showed progress this preseason as a shooter and ball handler. Needs to cut down on his fouls.