Charlotte Hornets

Hornets’ PJ Hairston showed shooting potential

P.J. Hairston

Positions: Shooting guard and small forward

Contract status: Hairston is guaranteed about $1.2 million next season under the rookie pay scale. The Hornets have two one-season options after that.

Seasons in the NBA: One

Telling statistic: Hairston took 61 percent of his total field goals from 3-point range. His 3-point percentage (30.1 percent) was 267th-best in the NBA.

Season review: The Hornets traded for former North Carolina star Hairston on draft night; it seemed a logical move since 3-point shooting was the team’s greatest need. Hairston, drafted 26th, played considerably more than fellow rookie Noah Vonleh, who was drafted ninth. That was partially a reflection of the experience Hairston got in the NBA developmental league, as far as absorbing pro defensive concepts.

Hairston was in and out of the rotation. Late in the season he was playing ahead of heralded free agent Lance Stephenson because coach Steve Clifford was looking for shooting to create spacing around Jefferson. Clifford has said Hairston has the talent to eventually be an NBA starter. He needs to spend the summer becoming more consistent from NBA 3-point range and to get in better shape.

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