After a year in which the Bobcats we're one of the worst outside shooting teams in the league, one of the main goals for Charlotte this offseason was to improve as club from beyond the arc. First, Charlotte grabbed Marvin Williams, a career 33.5% three-point shooter with a capable mid-range game to replace the incumbent Josh McRoberts. Next, came an under-the-rader signing of Brian Roberts, and finally, as you probably know, Lance Stephenson agreed to terms with the Hornets. All in all, after four free-agent signings and two draft picks, it appears that Rich Cho achieved his goal of improving Charlotte's sharp shooting after all. Here's a look at some of shot charts of the Hornets' most notable acquisitions of the offseason.
From the looks of his shot chart, as expected, Lance Stephenson isn't spectacular from beyond the arc (35.2%), but really exceeds down low, shooting 62.2% from inside the paint. However, Stephenson still is respectable from downtown and is certainly capable of making threes, especially from the right corner from where he knocks down 56.8% of his attempts. Overall, while Stephenson won't provide much of a shooting upgrade over Gerald Henderson, his presence will be really felt on defensive end of the court where the former Pacer is regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the Eastern Conference.
While no spot of Brian Roberts' shot chart is particularly impressive, overall, Roberts is a solid outside and mid-range shooter, hitting 41.1% of his attempts from long range. Similarly to what Luke Ridnour did in Charlotte, Roberts will be able to give the Hornets a shooting lift coming off of the bench next season.
Overall, Marvin Williams' shot chart is extremely encouraging, as it displays the UNC product's ability to connect from both around the basket (63%) and from outside the arc (36%). Just as Josh McRoberts was able to do last season, Williams has the ability to space the floor for Al Jefferson. Similarly, if Williams can develop a strong chemistry with Big Al, it will be exciting to see how effective the Hornets' power forward can be on the offensive end on the court both inside and out.
Despite the fact that P.J. Hairston will likely receive a limited role in Coach Clifford’s offense next season, the former Tar Heel is a great scorer, averaging 21.8 points a contest last year with the D-League’s Texas Legends. As far as P.J.’s shot chart goes, Hairston isn’t a knock-down outside shooter, but finds a way to consistently make shots around the basket while still being able to cash in from long range. Overall, while the rookie guard won’t be a big part of the Hornets’ bench in 2014-15, it’s exciting to think of what Hairston might be able for Charlotte later down the road.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe