Charlotte Hornets: All-time starting five, with no teammates allowed

Charlotte Hornets Eddie Jones and Baron Davis. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones /Allsport
Charlotte Hornets Eddie Jones and Baron Davis. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones /Allsport /
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Eddie Jones, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets Eddie Jones. Credits: Unknown /

Charlotte Hornets all-time starting five – Shooting guard: Eddie Jones (1999-00)

Stat line: 20.1 PPG / 4.8 APG / 2.7 SPG

With our list getting close to the end, the shooting guard spot was another tough pick to make. When reviewing individual performances, Eddie Jones was the team’s best shooting guard, who never played with Kemba Walker, Alonzo Mourning, and Glen Rice.

Jones landed in Charlotte after he was packaged in a trade that sent Glen Rice and two other players to the Los Angeles Lakers. After a good first season in Charlotte, Jones would go on to represent the Hornets in the 2000 All-Star game as a starter in the following season.

During the 1999-00 season, Jones averaged some of the best numbers of his career. His all-star season resulted in him averaging 20.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.7 steals per game; all of these still are his career highs.

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While alongside the second-leading scorer on the team, Derrick Coleman, Jones helped lead his team to the playoffs. The team utilized Jones a lot that season, and this is shown by the 39.0 minutes per game that he averaged.

Jones spent the 1999-00 season paired with David Wesley in the starting backcourt. Both players played well together, but Wesley was not the 20+ points per game scorer that could take the load off Jones’ shoulders.

When I look at what Eddie Jones did during his final all-star season, I can see why having a player like Kemba Walker to play next to would’ve been good for him. His consistent scoring and elite defense make him a necessary part of this all-time starting lineup.