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The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked 

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List Rules Top Charlotte Hornets and Bobcats players only.

While they haven't won a championship yet, the best Charlotte Hornets players are due to get one soon. Known for a short time as the Charlotte Bobcats, the franchise has an interesting--though convoluted--story. Formed originally in 1988, the Hornets franchise moved to New Orleans in 2002. The NBA then formed the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004 as a new franchise. But in 2013, the New Orleans Hornets rebranded themselves as the Pelicans and returned the Hornets franchise to Charlotte.

Now that we have the history out of the name, we need to find out who are the best Charlotte Hornets / Bobcats players of all time. Record-wise, the Hornets have been pretty much one of the worst teams in the NBA. However, they have drafted a number of promising players that have potential.

They may not be superstar caliber, but they still are solid all around. Mostly these guys are role players whose best days came with other teams, but even so, many of the players on this list were on the Bobcats first playoff roster of 2009-2010, which was the team's first time with a winning record.

The Bobcats were led by Gerald Wallace for most of the team's existence. The team's first representative in the All Star Game, Wallace holds many of the team's major records. Emeka Okafor was named Rookie of The Year during the team's inaugural season. Other key NBA players to spend time in Charlotte are  Stephen Jackson, Tyson Chandler, Jeremy Lin, and Raymond Felton. 

Maybe the most famous person in Charlotte Bobcats history isn't even a player: it's Michael Jordan. The best basketball player of all time is currently the Bobcats owner. But enough about him, after all, this is a list of the best Charlotte Hornets players of all time. If you think someone is missing from this list, feel free to add him.

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Power forward from Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Age: 50

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 29

Number: 15

Teams: Boston Celtics

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3
Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Center from Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

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5
Dell Curry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard and Small forward from Harrisonburg, Virginia

Age: 55

Teams: Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard and Small forward from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, + more

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Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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Gerald Wallace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Small forward and Power forward from Sylacauga, Alabama

Age: 37

Number: 45

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings

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Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 51

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, + more

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Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Power forward and Center from Monticello, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 25

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard from Pompano Beach, Florida

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

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Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard and Small forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 38

Number: 23

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

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Anthony Mason is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Small forward and Power forward from Miami, Florida

Age: 53

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, + more

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#766 of 871 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #140 of 151 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #85 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Stephen Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard and Small forward from Port Arthur, Texas

Age: 41

Number: 3

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

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#465 of 871 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #259 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #61 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Center from Prijepolje, Serbia

Age: 51

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Power forward and Center from Houston, Texas, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 50

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 3

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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Jeremy Lamb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard from Norcross, Georgia

Age: 27

Number: 26

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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Marvin Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Small forward and Power forward from Bremerton, Washington

Age: 33

Number: 2

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

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Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from Marion, South Carolina

Age: 35

Number: 2

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 31

Number: 7

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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Center from Hanford, California

Age: 37

Number: 6

Teams: Houston Rockets

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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Small forward from Lisieux, France

Age: 31

Number: 88

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

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David Wesley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked
Shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas

Age: 49

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, + more

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