CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Dwayne Bacon played in 53 games last season and averaged 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rebounds and shot 80 percent from the free throw line. This year, he's ready to shed his rookie status and stand out as a 2nd-year player in the NBA.
"I know we have a new coaching staff, so it's good for me to be here for most of the summer and just, you know, continue to grow with these guys, work, learn from these guys and apply it to my game," Bacon said. "Usually when a person works on their game it's like you're so excited to show the world, you know everyone, what you've been working on."
He will have a chance to prove just how much he's been working on his game when NBA Summer League play begins on July 6, but for now, his focus is developing chemistry with the rest of the summer league roster.
"The week's been going good. Yesterday was good for us, we got after it and got a chance to play with the first group and it was just great. We're getting a feel for each other. We're getting after it slowly, but I think we'll get it by Friday," said Bacon.
The Hornets open summer league play against the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. ET.