Clifford: Hornets Need To Get Bigger To Get Better

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Steve Clifford says the Hornets need to get bigger before they get better.

Charlotte's second-year coach expects the team to address its lack of height in the NBA draft Thursday night or in free agency next month. The Hornets own the ninth, 24th and 45th overall picks and are more than $16 million under the salary cap.

Clifford says "size across the board is always a key thing at every position. When you get into the matchups of the playoffs, size is a big deal."

Charlotte's top two players are center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker - but both are considered undersized.

Says Clifford: "We are small. We aren't terribly small but, we are small."

Charlotte has had eight lottery picks since 2006 but none are All-Stars.