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Dwayne Bacon confident his time to shine with Hornets ‘will come’

Dwayne Bacon, Hornets

Charlotte Hornets guard Dwayne Bacon is confident that his time for him to shine will eventually come.

In an interview with The Athletic’s Roderick Boone, Bacon said that he has been patiently waiting for an opportunity to show what he can do.

“I feel it will come,” said Bacon, the 40th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. “You’ve just got to keep competing. I feel it will come. Good things happen to those that wait and I’ve been waiting my turn, being patient. So I feel it will come. I’ve just got to keep waiting and be patient.”

Bacon’s first two seasons in the NBA aren’t exactly encouraging, as he only averaged 5.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in a total of 96 games for the Hornets. He did show some flashes of his potential in the team’s final 10 games of the 2018-19 campaign, scoring double figures in six of them — including a string of three 20-plus point outings in late March.

With All-Star guard Kemba Walker leaving the team last month, the Hornets are now making it a priority to find guys who can make an impact and take their games to the next level. While Charlotte officials believe that Terry Rozier is going to be the team’s next star, they also want to see their younger players step up.

Bacon feels that the timing is perfect. He’s been working all summer long to get better, and he’s optimistic that his efforts will soon pay off.