Frank Kaminsky
Frank Kaminsky
25-Year-Old CenterC
Charlotte Hornets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For the second season in a row, and his third year in the league, Kaminsky was given a sixth-man role with Charlotte. He saw about three fewer minutes per game, resulting in lower counting stats essentially across the board, but was able to become a more efficient player. The Wisconsin product set career-highs in field-goal percentage (42.9), three-point percentage (38.0) and free-throw percentage (79.9). While he only posted 11.1 points, 3.6 boards and 1.6 assists per contest on the year, he was impressive when given extra run, able to average 17.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the four games that he was given 30-plus minutes. Considering his ability to play both power forward and center given his height and three-point shooting, Kaminsky shouldn't have issues garnering sixth-man run again this season. Assuming that’s the case, he'll likely once again be on the fringes of Fantasy relevance in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.34 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2015. Hornets exercised $2.85 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Hornets exercised $3.63 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017.
Scores 13 points in Sunday's loss
CCharlotte Hornets
March 17, 2019
Kaminsky contributed 13 points (3-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-9 FT), seven rebounds, and one assist in 30 minutes during Sunday's 93-75 loss to the Heat.
Kaminsky continues to produce fairly decent counting stats through eight March matchups, this after being an afterthought in the team's rotation for much of the campaign. The 25-year-old big man isn't the most consistent factor, as he has scored in single digits twice this month. Nevertheless, he's been amassing enough points and boards to hold decent value for those in deep leagues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Kaminsky had a rough rookie season, but he showed some serious progression in 2016-17. His averages of 11.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game were all significant increases from his rookie year, and he demonstrated tangible improvement as the season went on. In the months of February and March, Kaminsky averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks per game across 22 contests. That was easily the best stretch of his professional career, though it remains to be seen if he can maintain that over the course of a season. Kaminsky's role is a bit of an unknown, as the addition of Dwight Howard brings another minute-eater to the frontcourt. With both Howard and Cody Zeller in the fold, Kaminsky projects as the No. 3 center, which means he'll likely see more time at power forward than he has in the past. That said, even at power forward, he'd be backing up Marvin Williams, so it seems highly unlikely he'll surpass the 26.1 minutes he averaged a season ago. It very well may take an injury to make the Wisconsin product a serious threat in Fantasy leagues, and he'll have to improve his scoring efficiency, regardless.
Kaminsky didn't have a spectacular rookie season, but he was a valuable bench contributor for a 48-win team. The former college star appeared in 81 games, averaging 7.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from long distance. Raising that shooting efficiency will be Kaminsky's top priority as he enters Year 2. He ranked fifth among all rookies with 68 made three-pointers last season, but conceivably has room to improve after shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc over his final two years at Wisconsin. Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams are expected to start at center and power forward, respectively, leaving Kaminsky, Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert as the top bench options in the frontcourt. Kaminsky is versatile enough to see time at both positions, though his three-point skills and lack of rim protection may primarily limit him to duties at power forward. Nonetheless, Kaminsky should be headed for a bump in overall playing time, though it's unlikely to be overly substantial, especially with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back as another small-ball option at power forward.
Kaminsky, the Hornets' ninth overall pick, averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.5 blocks in 34 minutes per game during 39 games as a senior at Wisconsin. He shot 55 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and 78 percent from the charity stripe. During five summer league games, Kaminsky contributed 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.0 block in 33 minutes per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from distance. The former Badger forward will have plenty of veterans to battle for minutes, and it's unclear how he will fare defending NBA fours, but the Hornets turned down several first-round picks in favor of drafting Kaminsky.
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Scores 16 points in loss Saturday
CCharlotte Hornets
March 10, 2019
Kaminsky finished with 16 points (4-8 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, and one rebound in 21 minutes during Saturday's 131-114 loss to the Bucks.
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Collects 20 points off bench
CCharlotte Hornets
March 6, 2019
Kaminsky totaled 20 points (8-11 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds and one block across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 91-84 loss to the Heat.
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Scores 15 points in Friday's win
CCharlotte Hornets
March 2, 2019
Kaminsky collected 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during Friday's 123-112 win over the Nets.
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No buyout in works
CCharlotte Hornets
February 28, 2019
The Hornets aren't expected to buy Kaminsky out of his contract before Friday, Marc J. Spears of reports.
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Still outside rotation
CCharlotte Hornets
January 21, 2019
Kaminsky (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Sunday in the Hornets' 120-95 loss to the Pacers.
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