Although the Charlotte Hornets’ season has long been over, that doesn’t mean fans can’t pull for some of their former players. Here are the guys who once wore purple and teal who still have a chance at winning an NBA title.
If it feels like the past three months have been dragging on, then the next six will feel even worse; doubly so if you’re Charlotte Hornets fan. Sure, you can get by just watching the league resume play at the end of July, but for fans of Buzz City, it’s going to be a long wait until anything truly meaningful happens regarding the team.
Until then, feel free to root for those former Charlotte players who will be playing in Orlando when the newly arranged season kicks off. There are a couple of guys out there who Hornets fans would all love to see win a championship, even if it’s not for the city of Charlotte. We’ll begin by looking at the players who have most recently been on the team.
Kemba Walker – Boston Celtics
Probably the most familiar and beloved name on this list is that of Kemba Walker. The three-time All-Star played his entire career in Charlotte before being traded to the Boston Celtics this previous offseason.
The Charlotte Hornets career leader in points is doing well this season, helping lead the Celtics to a 43-21 record so, good for third-best in the Eastern Conference. He’s averaging 21/4/5 while shooting 38% from three and 42% overall.
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Marvin Williams – Milwaukee Bucks
Marvin was one of two players the Hornets bought out in early February. He was then signed by the Bucks on a one-year deal. Since signing with Milwaukee, the 15-year vet has put up averages of 4 pints and 3.5 rebounds per game. His shooting has dipped a bit, making just 30% from downtown and 41% overall.
Jeremy Lamb – Indiana Pacers
Lamb has had a rough year after suffering knee injuries back in February that would later require surgery. In mid-March, he had successful surgery on that left knee and is on the road to recovery. There is no timetable for his return, but it will most likely be sometime next year. Before going down with that injury, Lamb was putting up 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
A Hornets stalwart since being drafted in 2012, MKG was the other player bought out by the Hornets back in February and has been playing limited minutes with the Dallas Mavericks. In just 8 minutes of action per night, the former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging under a point and 2 rebounds per game.
Next, we’ll take a look at some of the players that haven’t been on the Hornets for quite a while.