Hornets’ JT Thor taking advantage of newfound role amid injuries


JT Thor on Thursday explained how he is taking advantage of a newfound opportunity given the current injury situation facing the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets currently have five players in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, including LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and Mason Plumlee. With those players out of the lineup, the Hornets have relied on Thor extensively recently.

Thor logged just two appearances all season prior to this week but has played in each of the Hornets’ last three games, averaging 4.3 points and two rebounds in 15.8 minutes. He has given the team a spark off the bench and helped make an impact on defense.

He can see progress being made every time he steps onto the court.

I feel like it’s just building blocks now from the first game to the second game to the third game now. It feels like I can just keep adding onto it each game. I feel like just showing my effort out there defensively. I feel like I can impact that now and just being able to use most of my opportunities with the guys who are out with COVID and just doing what I can for us to try to win.

The recent stretch allowed Thor to register his first career points, and the 37th pick got on the board in a big way. On Monday, Thor rotated toward the basket, caught the pass from Gordon Hayward and threw it down over Andre Drummond.

Thor will continue to see an uptick in playing time with those players out as the Hornets play shorthanded. The situation is certainly not ideal but it will allow the team to get an extended look at Thor and what he can bring to the lineup on a nightly basis.

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