The original Charlotte Hornets teams with Muggsy Bogues, Glen Rice, Alonzo Mourning, Dell Curry, etc. aren’t technically the same franchise as the current Hornets. The old Hornets teams are part of the same franchise as the Pelicans, so in regards to this list, I am only allowed to use Charlotte Bobcats and current Charlotte Hornets players. Unforunately, this team has only been playing for 13 years, so there isn’t a lot of talent to pick from.
Kemba Walker – PG
When Kemba Walker is the your best player in franchise history, you know you might be in trouble. Nonetheless, Kemba is a 1-time all-star and has been putting up huge point totals for the Bobcats and Hornets the past six years. He recently lead the Hornets to their second and third playoff runs in franchise history. Personally, he is another one of my favorite players in the league for his legendary stepback move. He’s averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists over his entire career.
D.J. Augustin – PG
This second guard spot for the Hornets was virtually impossible to pick. Other than Kemba, the Hornets haven’t had any elite or even above average guards in franchise history. Augustin did play first four seasons of his career in Charlotte, averaging 11 points and 4 assists. His numbers were inflated due to a large lack of talent on his team, but he has been a solid scorer off the bench for a wide variety of teams, currently with the Magic.
Nicolas Batum – SF
Even though Batum has played five more seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, I feel he is much more appreciated in Charlotte. In Portland, it was always Damian Lillard, Lamarcus Aldridge, and then everyone else. Now that he and Kemba Walker have teamed up in Charlotte, they have created their own duo of greatness. Batum’s playmaking ability is elite for a forward, as he has averaged almost 6 assists to go along with 6 rebounds and 15 points in Charlotte.
Gerald Wallace – SF/PF
After playing three uneventful seasons with the Sacramento Kings averaging under four points per game, Wallace was selected in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. Wallace played seven years in Charlotte, longer than anyone else selected in the draft. While being selected to an all-star team, dunk contest, and all-defensive team, Wallace averaged over 16 points per game with the Bobcats. I would consider Wallace the best player to every play with the Bobcats.
Emeka Okafor – C
Deciding between Emeka Okafor and Al Jefferson for the center position was another very tough decision for the Hornets’ starting five. While Jefferson may have been the better player, Okafor played two more seasons with the Bobcats, ultimately edging out Big Al. Okafor averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game in Charlotte while also winning rookie of the year in 2005.