People Don’t Talk Enough About How Awful The Hornets Are

At this point, we are well aware of how incompetent the Hornets franchise has been and this off-season looks like it may be the proverbial cherry on top. With that being said, a guy on reddit who goes by the username of u/rmarti78 may have somehow single-handily complied the most tremendous list of their screwups. 99% of this list was made by him with only 1 or 2 minor edits from us. Oh, and yes…he gave us permission to post it. So without further ado, find yourself a quiet space where no one can see you cry and read away.

  • One of only 6 teams in the NBA/NFL/MLB/NHL that’s never even made a conference finals. They’re the second oldest of those 6 teams behind the Clippers.

  • They’ve only drafted 4 All-Stars that went on to play for them despite being around since 1988: Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson, Baron Davis, and Kemba Walker. And they’ve had the most chances to draft All-Stars too: the Hornets rank #1 with the lowest average draft spot in that time.

  • Then-coach Steve Clifford wanted the Hornets to draft Donovan Mitchell in 2017, but Rich Cho overruled him and drafted Malik Monk instead.

  • The Hornets were seriously looking to draft Pascal Siakam in 2016, but decided to trade their pick for Marco Belinelli who spent one year with the team before being traded to Atlanta in the Dwight Howard trade.

  • The Hornets were offered three first-round picks by the Celtics for the #9 pick in 2015. Michael Jordan turned the offer down to pick Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky was always in the coach’s doghouse here, his family hated Charlotte, and Kaminsky signed with Phoenix this offseason.

  • After having the worst record in NBA history in 2012, the Bobcats lost out on the #1 pick which was going to be Anthony Davis. They then selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the #2 pick instead of Bradley Beal. In the same draft, they selected Jeffery Taylor with their 2nd round pick, just ahead of Draymond Green and Khris Middleton. They also reportedly turned down a trade for James Harden for that #2 overall pick.

  • They did select Kemba Walker in 2011, but they also gave Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, and the pick that would turn into Tobias Harris so they could jump up and draft Bismack Biyombo. They selected Biyombo instead of the player that had been mocked to them in several mock drafts: Kawhi Leonard. They also had Klay Thompson on the board.

  • The second best draft pick they’ve had since their 2004 rebirth has been Emeka Okafor.

  • They haven’t won a playoff series since April 2002 when LeBron was in high school, Zion was 1 year old, The Scorpion King was #1 at the box office, Ashanti had the #1 song in America, and Hollywood Hogan was WWE Champion. The closest they’ve come to winning a series since then was the Purple Shirt Guy game when they were up 3-2 vs. the Heat and had cut a 9 point Heat lead to 2 with 1:30 left. A Hornets fan known as Purple Shirt Guy started inexplicably jawing with Dwyane Wade who proceeded to drop a quick 5 points to tie the series up. The Hornets would go on to lose Game 7 in Miami by 27 points.

  • Despite letting their best player ever walk for nothing, they’re hard-capped at the moment. They’ll be hard-capped this season with a starting 5 of Terry Rozier, Cody Zeller, Nic Batum, Dwayne Bacon, and Miles Bridges. Bismack Biyombo will be making $17 million off the bench, Marvin Williams will be making $15 million off the bench, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be making $13 million off the bench. Nic Batum (who has turned into a completely worthless player) will be entering the 4th year of a 5 year deal (final year a player option) that will pay him $25.5 million. He’ll almost certainly use that player option in 2020 and will be making $27.1 million.

  • Michael Jordan hasn’t given an interview where he’s discussed the Hornets in any detail (besides Kemba Walker) since 2014.

So as you bitch and complain about how your team hasn’t done anything in a long time or how you only have one All-Star and you’re disappointed you didn’t get another, remember that things could always be worse.

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