Despite being one of the newer teams to the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets have had some outstanding players come through their franchise. In a fantasy scenario, it would certainly be something to see this group play together in their prime for just one game. Here is a look at the all-time starting 5 for the Charlotte Hornets. Please note that the NBA considers the Charlotte Bobcats from 2004-2014 as part of the franchise history, not the New Orleans Hornets.
When Baron Davis 1st arrived in Charlotte as a young lottery pick, people saw him as a very inefficient point guard who took bad shots. He only shot 42% from the field his rookie year, and his 23% shooting from beyond the arc was troublesome. However, he would have to very solid years after that with the franchise, including an All-Star appearance in the 2001-2002 year. In franchise history, he is the only point guard to be named an All-Star.
Injuries plagued him throughout his career, but he never missed a game in Charlotte. He had one of the most efficient years in Hornets history in 2001-2002, as he finished with averages of 18.1 points, 8.5 assists and 2.1 steals per contest.
During the rebirth of NBA basketball in Charlotte, Gerald Wallace was the most accomplished player. He was stuck on a lot of bad teams, but he played hard during his tenure with the franchise. He was the only person to make an All-Star team during the Bobcats era, as he had a pretty special 2009-2010 year. Longevity gives him the slight edge over Eddie Jones.
No player for the Charlotte Hornets could score with the same ease as Glen Rice. He is one of the most underrated players in NBA history, but fans in Charlotte certainly don’t forget his three year run with the team. He made the All-Star team in all 3 of those years, and he averaged 23.5 points per game during that stretch.
Much like Davis, Larry Johnson would go through quite a few injuries after leaving Charlotte. However, during his tenure with the team, they were one of the most exciting franchises in the NBA. He would team up with the center below to form a pretty strong frontcourt. Despite being undersized, he averaged 9.2 rebounds per game with Charlotte while also averaging 19.6 points.
Two Hall of Famers have suited up for Charlotte at some point during their career, and with all due respect to Robert Parish, few remember his two-year stint at the very end for him. Alonzo Mourning had three outstanding years with the Hornets to begin his career, and he later developed into one of the best centers in the league.
No player in Charlotte history has averaged even close to his 3.2 blocks per game. He was a defensive anchor for one of the youngest and most exciting teams around. He is second all-time in points and rebounds per game, as the developing superstar found a way to consistently be a 20 and 10 guy. Many wonder how good the team could have been with him sticking around, but it is hard to forget the three years he did play.
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