Top 5 Charlotte Hornets Draft Picks of All-Time

2011 NBA Draft
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Number 4 - Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson
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Grandmama. Who can forget those iconic Converse commercials. They catapulted Johnson's stardom and probably catapulted the shoes sales as well.

Despite the strong off-court persona, his dominance whilst on it was something to behold. Throughout his Hornets tenure the high flying forward averaged 19.6 points 9.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He won nearly every award there was whilst in Charlotte, winning Rookie of the Year, making the All-Star team twice (1992-93 and 1994-95) and was also apart of the 1992-93 All-NBA second team. Alongside Hall of Famers John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, Dominque Wilkins and Joe Dumars.

Johnson was the highly touted number 1 pick in the 1991 NBA draft and with the early success he had, it was expected he would join those names previously mentioned in the hall in Springfield. When he was 24 years old, in his third NBA season and had already received a bunch of the leagues top awards, he signed a massive 12 year $84 million contract.

However, his career would not last for him to see out that contract. As his career was shortened by horrible back issues and after spending five years in New York after being traded by the Hornets, Larry Johnson retired after 10 seasons at just 32 years old.