Hornets head coach Steve Clifford on potential challenge of evaluating prospects
With a 30-40 record and seven games out for the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, all signs are pointing to the Charlotte Hornets heading to the lottery. That said, it gives head coach Steve Clifford a chance to give more playing time to his younger players, in order to assess their fit in the team in the coming seasons.
However, he understands that it’s easier said than done. He recently discussed the challenges of doing so, as he does not want to disrupt the flow of games, and how the other four players are on the floor, should he decide to field in any one of his young guns, via Ian Begley of ESPN.
Interesting point from Hornets coach Steve Clifford about the potential challenge to playing younger players so the organization can evaluate them, something the Knicks are doing now: pic.twitter.com/1ejNWdf5Vf
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 17, 2018
Coming into the season, there was a lot of optimism that the Hornets could contend for a playoff spot, especially after acquiring some key pieces during last summer. Things did not go according to plan though, and they are left to start preparing for the next campaign, and find the combinations on the floor that they can use to make them more effective.
Being the veteran head coach that he is, it won’t come as a complete surprise though if Steve Clifford will decide to still use his regular rotation instead. Should he want to assess his younger players, it’s also possible that he will let them play together on the floor, mostly during end-games, to give them a chance to showcase their skill sets, and prove that they deserve to have the roster spots they currently own.