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To say the very least, the Hornets are struggling to score. While placing 29th in scoring average (87.4 points per game) and 30th in three-point shooting percentage, the Hornets scored slightly more in January than December. They scored 87.6 point per game in January, 0.9 points more than their December average.
The Hornets actually shot better than average in January, hitting 44.8 percent from the field, compared to their 44 percent season rate. Emeka Okafor's 57.1 percent field-goal percentage pulls the Hornets. Aside from Okafor. the Hornets shot 43 percent.
That's not to say that Okafor was the only decent shooter in January. Jarrett Jack (45.5 percent), Carl Landry (46.7 percent) and Jason Smith (48.4 percent) also shot better than 45 percent last month.
The Hornets were pulled down by four players (Al-Farouq Aminu, Marco Belinelli, Trevor Ariza and Greivis Vazquez) among the nine averaging five field-goal attempts per game in January, who shot worse than 40 percent from the field.
The Hornets hit three-point shots at a better clip in January than their three December games. They shot 28.8 percent from three-point range in January. While it's a poor rate, it's 7.4 percent better than December.
The Hornets don't have many players who really like to shoot. Jarrett Jack and Trevor Ariza are the only players taking at least 10 field-goal attempts per game. Jack averaged 13.1 shot attempts per game in January, and Ariza put up 10.3 shots per game.
Okafor, the Hornets' best shooter, took only 7.4 shots per game in January.
Having decent scoring with low scoring is an interesting dichotomy. It'll be interesting to see how the Hornets keep it up.