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How Charlotte Hornets’ Johnny O’Bryant is making most of opportunity

With center Cody Zeller injured, Charlotte Hornets power forward Johnny O'Bryant (8) has moved into the team’s rotation.
With center Cody Zeller injured, Charlotte Hornets power forward Johnny O'Bryant (8) has moved into the team’s rotation. AP

With Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller out indefinitely with a knee bruise, the team’s fifth big man, Johnny O’Bryant, has been pushed into the rotation.

Coach Steve Clifford wanted to play O’Bryant more in the preseason, and O’Bryant showed promise against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In 13 minutes in Monday’s road loss, O’Bryant totaled 14 points and four rebounds. He shot 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Clifford liked what he saw from O’Bryant late last season, particularly his knack for scoring, including long-range shooting.

“He’s always been a scorer. In the (G-) League, he posted, he iso(lated) and he shot like 37 percent from 3,” Clifford said Friday.

“He’s a better passer than I ever realized. He’s becoming a better all-around player. Part of that is being around Marvin (Williams); they see Marvin plays every facet of the game.”

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