Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky left Thursday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter due to a left shoulder injury, the team announced on Friday morning. The team also announced he will miss Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets and will be reevaluated after the team’s current road trip.
His acromioclavicular(AC) joint separation could cause the young big man to miss extended time, according to the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh. The injury typically will causes players to miss anywhere between two and four weeks.
The injury comes at a tough time for Kaminsky who was lighting it up as he became more involved with the Hornets offense in recent weeks. He averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the month of February. Compared to averaging nine points across both December and January, he was taking a serious leap in his development prior to last night’s injury.
Kaminsky’s injury makes an already difficult route to the playoffs, even more difficult. But Charlotte will look to a mix of players to help make up for Kaminsky’s perimeter shooting and rebounding.
Marvin Williams will take more responsibility on the offensive end of the ball with additional minutes and his team relying on him to make up for Kaminsky’s three-point production. Williams was already fantasy relevant in 12-team fantasy leagues, but with Kaminsky gone, his fantasy value should rise. His three-point shooting, rebounding and knack for steals and blocks will give fantasy owners plenty of reasons to run him out there while Kaminsky is shelved.
Cody Zeller is expected to return to the starting lineup with Kaminsky out. He had previously spent time in the starting lineup earlier in the season before being supplanted by Kaminsky. Zeller has missed much of the season dealing with a multitude of health issues. However, when he is on the court, he is shooting .586 which is the fifth highest field goal percentage in the NBA.
He will not be a major part of the Hornets offense, but as long as Kaminsky is down and he gets minutes, he should produce. He should see double digit scoring numbers and flirt with 10 rebounds most nights until Kaminsky returns and should be owned in all 12-team leagues.