The top-three free agent signings in Charlotte Hornets history

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 11: Michael Jordan, Owner of Charlotte Hornets speaks to media during the press conference before the match between Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers as part of the 2015 NBA Global Games China at Universiade Centre on October 11, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 11: Michael Jordan, Owner of Charlotte Hornets speaks to media during the press conference before the match between Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers as part of the 2015 NBA Global Games China at Universiade Centre on October 11, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images) /
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Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Signed during the summer of 2014, Marvin spent six fruitful seasons in the Queen City before being bought out by the Hornets earlier in 2020.

Marvin Williams wasn’t a spectacular player, even though he was the second-overall pick in his draft class. He was, however, a stalwart in the Hornets’ lineup, and his locker room presence, dependable three-point shooting, and capable defense were invaluable over the years.

Marvin was 28 when he signed with Charlotte, having already played nine seasons with both the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. The 6’8″ forward was drafted out of the University of North Carolina in the 2005 NBA Draft.

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His 429 games as a Hornet rank 6th all-time in team history and his 11,615 minutes on the team are 8th all-time. He ranks 3rd in both three-point field-goal shots and attempts. As far as rebounding is concerned, he is 8th in total rebounds and 5th in defensive rebounds. He’s also 8th in team history in total blocks.

It’s safe to say that without Marvin, that trip to the 2016 playoffs—where they came so close to defeating the Miami Heat—might not have been possible without his services.

He is now waiting to resume his season with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he has a good chance of winning his first-ever NBA title. Of course, with a guy as beloved as Marvin was in Charlotte, we all wish him the best.

Next up is another beloved player with whom many current fans are acquainted.