Who are the Ten Greatest Charlotte Hornets of All-Time?

Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Team Curry legend Dell Curry shoots the basketball during the 2015 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Team Curry legend Dell Curry shoots the basketball during the 2015 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 12, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornet mascot Hugo congratulates Tracy Cermak as she finishes third in the women
Nov 12, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornet mascot Hugo congratulates Tracy Cermak as she finishes third in the women /

Wrap Up

If you’re curious, David Wesley and Al Jefferson were probably the toughest to leave out. For me, though, while Wesley was a good player who spent four years in Charlotte, he never moved the needle all that much. As for Jefferson, his time in Charlotte was shorter than it felt like. He had a fantastic season his first year here, but injuries and age caused a steep drop-off in performance and court time his last couple seasons. He averaged about 20 missed games per season as a Hornet. Raymond Felton probably deserves some love as well, but my reasoning for him was similar to David Wesley.

I desperately wanted to find a way to include Jamal Mashburn as well. Monster Mash was a member of the Charlotte/NOLA teams, with only two of his seasons coming in Charlotte. As was the case with his entire career, injuries forced Mashburn to miss around half his games as a Hornet. Analytics and advanced statistics never really loved Jamal, but he was one of my favorite players regardless.

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This piece was a lot of fun to research and to write. Hopefully, you have some disagreements, but don’t feel I’ve made any egregious oversights or inclusions.