Frank Kaminsky: ‘We Can Play With Any Team Anywhere’

Frank Kaminsky had another solid game for the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes off the bench in a 123-99 road win over Memphis.

Kaminsky, the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft, is averaging 9.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in the month of December.

“I’m enjoying it a lot,” Kaminsky said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench, referring to his NBA life. “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation coming into the draft. I’m on a team, I’m playing, I’m helping our team win and we’re doing really well, so I’m proud of where I’m at.”

The Hornets started the season 0-3 but have won 14 of their last 19 games. In fact, they’ve won nine of their last 11 games, with the only losses coming to Cleveland and Golden State.

Kaminsky, along with Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, among others, are getting it done for Charlotte. Walker scored 33 points against Memphis, while Batum added 20.

“They have so much experience,” Kaminsky said, “and they’re such great floor leaders that as a rookie, I can rely on them for a lot of different things and they can deliver. Kemba was really picking up our play tonight. We started off the game pretty slow and he brought us along and really sustained throughout the entire game. He was showing why he’s our leader.”

Kaminsky, of course, had a storied career at Wisconsin, where he led the Badgers to back-to-back Final Fours. Last year, he was national player of the year and brought Wisconsin to within a few buckets of a national championship.

Since then? Life has been a whirlwind.

“It was tough,” Kaminsky said. “The season ended. I was a senior, I knew I was leaving, I left a couple days after – I didn’t really have a formal goodbye to Madison. It felt like the season was over (and I) went straight to draft training. So it happened fast and I’ve looked back on my four years in Madison with the greatest memories. It was so much fun and I had a blast while I was there, but I knew this was the next step in my journey, and I’m going to try to make the most of it while I’m here.”

Charlotte will go for its fifth straight win Saturday against Boston (13-10).

“Our team is really clicking right now,” Kaminsky said. “We’re playing well, we’re playing well with each other, we’re on a bit of a streak here and we’re going to keep this going as long as possible. We feel like we can play with any team anywhere, and we’re really trying to prove that.”

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