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The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Charlotte Hornets. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

Every Charlotte Hornets first-round pick was selected with the intent of helping the franchise. Many lottery picks were viewed as potential future superstars who would lead the franchise to playoff success. Others were choices made to be used as trade chips to help the franchise in other ways. 

Charlotte is still one of the younger NBA franchises after joining the league back in 1988. The team has yet to win an NBA championship and has never been a legitimate contender for a title, so the draft picks may reflect that with a limited number of great choices. But players like Kemba Walker, among the best players in the NBA right now, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning have still left their mark on the league.

So, which of these Hornets draft picks deserves the top spot for his impact on the franchise? The stats below reflect only the players' time spent with Charlotte, and that is what you should base your vote on: Did this player help the Hornets find success?

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1
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 9 (2011)

Stats
605 games played, 19.8 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.8 rpg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (2017–2019)
2× NBA Sportsmanship Award (2017, 2018)

2
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 3 (1999)

Stats
246 games played, 12.6 ppg, 6.5 apg, 3.7 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (2002)

3
Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 2 (1992)

Stats
215 games played, 21.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.2 bpg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (1994–1995)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)

4
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 1 (1991)

Stats
377 games played, 19.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 4.1 apg

Achievements
2× NBA All-Star (1993, 1995)
All-NBA Second Team (1993)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1992)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)

5
Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 2 (2004)

Stats
330 games played, 14.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg

Achievements
NBA Rookie of the Year (2005)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)

6
Gerald Henderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 12 (2009)

Stats
391 games played, 12 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 apg

7
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1990)

Stats
266 games played, 15.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1991)

8
J.R. Reid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
J.R. Reid

Overall selection: 5 (1989)

Stats
325 games played, 9.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg

9
D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 9 (2008)

Stats
282 games played, 10.9 ppg, 4.4 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2009)

10
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 13 (1996)

Stats
Never played for Hornets

11
Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (2005)

Stats
399 games played, 13.3 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2006)

12
Scott Burrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 20 (1993)

Stats
168 games played, 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg

13
Malik Monk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2017)

Stats
136 games played, 7.9 ppg

14
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 4 (2013)

Stats
361 games played, 8.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014)

15
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 2 (2012)

Stats
421 games played, 8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2013)

16
Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 8 (1988)

Stats
220 games played, 16.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1989)

17
Ricky Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 21 (1998)

Stats
94 games played, 4.6 ppg

18
Tony Delk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 16 (1996)

Stats
64 games played, 5.3 ppg

19
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 19 (2011)

Stats
Never played for Hornets

20
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Overall selection: 11 (2018)

Stats
Never played for Hornets

21
Jamaal Magloire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 19 (2000)

Stats
158 games played, 6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg

22
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 9 (2015)

Stats
282 games played, 9.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg

23
Jared Dudley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 22 (2007)

Stats
93 games played, 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg

24
Shabazz Napier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 24 (2014)

Stats
Never played for Hornets

25
George Zidek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Charlotte Hornets First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 22 (1995)

Stats
107 games played, 3.5 ppg