Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Willy Hernangomez is still getting used to Charlotte's sets, which is one reason he's been mostly out of the rotation since his trade from the Knicks. Here's Clifford on what he's seen from Hernangomez thus far: "He's smart but he's not this high flyer, phenomenal natural athlete that's going to be able to make up ground. He's got to be on top of things. Especially on the defensive end, if he's not really detailed and ready defensively, he's not that guy (who gets by on athleticism) … To be an every day player, and I've already told him this, he's got to really improve his shooting. Right now, in my opinion, is he is a back-to-the-basket player who can pass. But the reality is his passing isn't going to come into play until (defenders) have to close to him (as a shooter)."