NBA Halloween: Playing trick-or-treat with each team’s early season trend

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Charlotte Hornets

The Terry Rozier contract was a big mistake: Treat

I mean, it’s probably not a good sign that backup point guard Devonte’ Graham is averaging more points per game than Terry Rozier, right? Or that he’s playing crunch-time minutes over Scary Terry? Or that he’s shooting a better percentage from the field, a better percentage from 3 and averaging more assists per game?

To be fair, Rozier is posting a respectable 15.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from downtown. Unfortunately, he’s only shooting 41.9 percent from the field and is barely playing more minutes than his backup Graham, who’s leading the team in points (16.4) and assists per game (7.6).

Even more damning, the 2-3 Charlotte Hornets have posted a -3.4 point differential with Graham on the floor … compared to an appalling -11.0 with Rozier out there. After rewarding him with a three-year, $58 million deal, it hasn’t taken long for the worst deal of the offseason to look like it.