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The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

Updated June 29, 2020 18.8k votes 3.1k voters 54.5k views66 items

List RulesTop 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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  • Kemba Walker1
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    Kemba Walker

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • Glen Rice2
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    Glen Rice

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#19 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Muggsy Bouges3
    1,434
    377

    Muggsy Bouges

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

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    #1368 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#30 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Larry Johnson4
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    Larry Johnson

    Power forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceTyler, Texas, United States of America

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New York Knicks

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  • Dell Curry5
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    359

    Dell Curry

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age55

    BirthplaceHarrisonburg, Virginia

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #159 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#67 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Alonzo Mourning6
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    529

    Age49

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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  • Baron Davis7
    834
    241

    Baron Davis

    Point guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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  • Gerald Wallace8
    737
    278

    Gerald Wallace

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age37

    BirthplaceSylacauga, Alabama

    Number45

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings

  • Kendall Gill9
    481
    141

    Kendall Gill

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

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  • Al Jefferson10
    655
    273

    Al Jefferson

    Power forward, Center

    Age35

    BirthplaceMonticello, Mississippi, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Jamal Mashburn11
    301
    114

    Jamal Mashburn

    Small forward

    Age47

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

  • Eddie Jones12
    312
    143

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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    #77 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#3 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Jason Richardson13
    419
    180

    Jason Richardson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Number23

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

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    #81 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#222 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Vlade Divac14
    319
    144

    Age52

    BirthplacePrijepolje, Serbia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #41 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#36 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Miles Bridges15
    125
    30

    Miles Bridges

    Small forward

    Number0

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

  • Anthony Mason16
    282
    153

    Anthony Mason

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

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  • Chris Paul17
    221
    113

    Chris Paul

    Point guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    Number3

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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  • Stephen Jackson18
    337
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    Stephen Jackson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas

    Number3

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

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  • Jeremy Lamb19
    243
    115

    Jeremy Lamb

    Shooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceNorcross, Georgia

    Number26

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

  • Emeka Okafor20
    438
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    Emeka Okafor

    Power forward, Center

    Age37

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Number50

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats

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  • Raymond Felton21
    265
    152

    Raymond Felton

    Point guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceMarion, South Carolina

    Number2

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

  • Devonte' Graham22
    87
    21

    Devonte' Graham

    Point guard

    Number4

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

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  • Marvin Williams23
    220
    108

    Marvin Williams

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceBremerton, Washington

    Number2

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

  • David Wesley24
    155
    108

    David Wesley

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • P. J. Brown25
    114
    71

    P. J. Brown

    Power forward, Center

    Age50

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat