The Hornets are not a iconic nor successful franchise in NBA history. The Hornets spent 1988-2002 in Charlotte before being moved to New Orleans and becoming the New Orleans Hornets. Then Charlotte got a franchise back as an expansion team with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004.They spent 2004-2014 as the Bobcats before returning to their original name the Hornets in the 2015 season. They are most famous for their owner being arguably the greatest basketball player of all time (Michael Jordan). That’s their biggest claim to fame. They also have some of the coolest jerseys in the whole NBA, and one of the coolest courts in the league as well.
Mugsey Bogues could possibly be the most recognizable player in the history of the Charlotte Hornets. Why? Well he is the shortest player to ever play in the NBA at 5 foot 3, and he even made a cameo appearance in the original Space Jam with Michael Jordan.
He became a Hornet through the expansion draft and was on the Hornets for nearly 10 seasons. He is still till today the shortest player in NBA history. And he is also the Hornets all time leader in minutes played, assists, and steals. At 5 foot 3 how can you forget and not mention Mugsey Bogues when you are talking about the Charlotte Hornets.
Over the course of his ten seasons with the Hornets, Mugsey managed to average 8.8 points per game, 8.8 assists per game and 1.7 steals.
Larry Johnson played five seasons for the Hornets. And frankly, you won’t find his stats all over the Hornets record books. This is all about impact. Larry Johnson was the Charlotte Hornets first ever star. He was the number 1 pick in the 1991 NBA Draft. And he didn’t fail make an impact right away. He won Rookie Of The Year and led the hornets to their first ever playoff appearance as a rookie.
Johnson was a huge pillar in bringing in success to The Hornets organization. He made the All-Star team twice in his five seasons as a Hornet. In his 5 seasons with the Hornets he averaged 19.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds a game.
His impact however, was bigger then his stats:
Dell Curry might be known more for being the dad of Steph Curry. But this doesn’t mean that dad didn’t know how to ball. He was a huge part of the original Charlotte Hornet franchise.
Curry, was the first ever Charlotte Hornet. He was taken #1 overall by them in the 1988 expansion draft. This probably won’t come as much of a surprise… but Curry could shoot. Curry played 10 seasons for the Hornets and still is the all time leader in games played,and 3-pointers. Curry won the 6th man of the year in the NBA in 1994.
Curry was easy choice in the Mount Rushmore of Hornets due to his impact he had on the franchise.
Still playing today, Kemba Walker has an infectious smile and a game that just screams awesome! Kemba came to the Bobcats in 2011.
And he has been the best player and heart and soul for the Hornets/Bobcats since. He is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, and is in the top 10 for multiple categories.
Over his career Kemba has averaged 19.3 points per game, and 5.8 assists and has led the Hornets to multiple playoff appearances.
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