Tyler Hansbrough: Hornets Add Psycho-T to Linsanity


Former North Carolina great Tyler Hansbrough has signed with the Charlotte Hornets according to reports from Steve Reed of the Associated Press. Reed’s report did not disclose the terms of the deal, but the Hornets did not have much cap room to work with after their off season moves. Hansbrough played with the Toronto Raptors last season.

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Hansbrough becomes the sixth big man on the roster. He will be behind Al Jefferson, Frank Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes, Cody Zeller, and Marvin Williams as things stand today. Hansbrough is best known for his aggressive close to the basket play. That makes him a natural sub for Al Jefferson, and a decent compliment to Kaminsky and Hawes. Those latter two are more natural shooters than Hansbrough.

The addition of Hansbrough may mean very little to roster makeup, but one cannot help but get the feeling that someone may be traded. Having depth is great, but not everyone is going to play. The natural choices for a trade would be Zeller or Williams. Williams is the last year of his contract.

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In his career, Hansbrough has been worth about seven points a game at about eighteen minutes a game. Last year he was closer to four points and four rebounds per game. He saw about fourteen minutes a game. Hansbrough’s production has generally been on the decline since his second year in the League and so have his minutes.

The Hornets have set themselves up to draw at least some interest. Hopefully Tar Heel fans will come to see a glimpse of number 50, whose college jersey is hanging in the rafters. Other fans might come to see what exactly Jeremy Lin is at this point. Hopefully the rest of the team will win them over with winning basketball.

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