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Top Ten New Orleans Hornets of All-Time

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Training camp is upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Charlotte/New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog; Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

 

10) Anthony Mason – Charlotte Hornets – 1996 – 2000

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Hornets accomplishments:

- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1996/97
- one-time All-NBA selection
- one-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“One of the baddest mamma jammers to ever step onto a NBA court, Anthony Mason’s bulging muscles belied the fact that he also had a lot finesse to his game.  His “point forward” skills were on full display during his time with the Hornets.” – Jeff Fox

9) P.J. Brown – Charlotte/New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets – 2000 – 2006

Hornets accomplishments:

- Hornets all-time leader in rebounds (offensive, defensive & total)
- one-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“Never flashy, but always productive, you could count on P.J. Brown to do all the dirty work on the floor for you.  A player you’d crave for as a teammate.” – Jeff Fox

8) Jamal Mashburn – Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets – 2000 – 2004

Hornets accomplishments:

- one-time All-NBA selection
- one-time NBA All-Star

“Mashburn only had four years with Charlotte and struggled with injuries during that time. But those four years were arguably the journeyman’s best. He averaged more than 20 points per game in each of those four seasons and helped spread the floor for a dangerous Hornets team in the early 2000s.” – Philip

7) Del Curry – Charlotte Hornets – 1988 – 1998

Hornets accomplishments:

- Hornets all-time leader in games, field goals (made & attempted), three-pointers (made & attempted) & points
- NBA leader in games played in 1993/94
- NBA Sixth Man of the Year

“The all-time points leader for the Hornets gets this spot.  701 games at Charlotte, Curry established himself as one of the best sixth men in his era.  Have a look at many of the historic statistical categories for the Hornets, and odds are that Curry’s name’s there.  Somewhere around the top.” – Don

“So who’s going to have the better NBA career, Del or his eldest son, Stephen?” – Jeff Fox

6) David West – New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets – 2003 -  present

Hornets accomplishments:

- two-time NBA All-Star

“A good sidekick for Chris Paul, David West has exceeded expectations for the Hornets. He has proven to be an effective post presence and a good rebounder.” – Diego Quezada  

5) Glen Rice – Charlotte Hornets – 1995 – 1998

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Hornets accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1997/98
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1996/97
- NBA leader in three-point % in 1996/97
- three-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“When Alonzo Mourning left Charlotte, G-Money kept the Hornets as a respectable organization. During his three seasons in Charlotte, Rice shot the three at a 40 percent clip or better every year.” – Diego Quezada  

“Glen Rice was an All-Star in each of his three seasons at Charlotte, a flat-out dead-eye shooter.  Scoring 23.5 per (highest scoring average for someone in the Hornets franchise), hitting threes at clip of over 44%, Rice had his best ever season in ’96/97 – only behind Jordan and Karl Malone in the scoring title.  One of the NBA’s finest ever shooters.” – Don

4) Baron Davis – Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets – 1999 – 2005

Hornets accomplishments:

- NBA leader in three-pointers attempted in 2003/04
- NBA leader in steals per game in 2003/04
- two-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Injuries plagued Davis’ career in Charlotte and New Orleans, but he still led mediocre teams to the playoffs year after year. Starting his career as a back-up to Eddie Jones, B-Diddy rightfully earned his spot as the starting point guard by his second season.” – Diego Quezada  

“I still have nightmares from Baron Davis’ dismantling of the Magic in the 2002 Playoffs. He averaged 22.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 7.9 apg, including single-handedly instituting the replay rule when his game-winning basket in Game Three was ruled no good even though the clock apparently started early (Charlotte won in overtime anyway and took the series in four games). Not even Tracy McGrady could top that in that series. That was just a microcosm of what Davis’ career could have become. Yes, he takes lots of bad shots and focuses on scoring more than his other skills. But before Paul, Davis was the man for Hornets.” – Philip

3) Alonzo Mourning – Charlotte Hornets – 1992 – 1995

Hornets accomplishments:

- Hornets all-time leader in blocks
- two-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Someone who dominated the League upon putting on his Charlotte Hornets jersey, Zo and Larry Johnson had some good years together. The most memorable moment of Zo’s tenure in Charlotte was his 20-footer at the buzzer to seal the Hornets’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics.” – Diego Quezada  

“Mourning, the second pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, was the first player to really put the then-Charlotte Hornets on the map. His iconic game-winner against the Celtics in 1993 was (and still might be) THE defining moment for professional basketball in Charlotte and officially ended Larry Bird’s career (fair to say, he broke their backs?). Mourning played only three seasons in Charlotte before relationships soured and he was traded to Miami, but he never averaged fewer than 21 points per game and averaged approximately 10 rebounds and three blocks per game.” – Philip

“Yes, the guy only played his first three seasons at the then-Charlotte Hornets, but what seasons they were!  ‘Zo was a fiend – a board-grabbin’, block-smashin’, point-scorin’ throw-down fiend.  21.3 ppg (at over 50%), 10.1 rpg and a massive 3.2 blocks per – the guy was a flat-out beast.” – Don

2) Larry Johnson – Charlotte Hornets – 1991 – 1996

Hornets accomplishments:

- Hornets all-time leader in free throws attempted
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1992/93
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1992/93
- two-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Johnson was a contemporary of Mourning and made a lasting impact with the Hornets as one of the franchise’s first stars. He was a little more inconsistent than we would like to remember, but Johnson may also be the best Grandmother in NBA history.” – Philip

“It’s a shame that his back didn’t allow him to have a longer and more productive NBA career, because Larry Johnson was a treat to watch in his prime, which just so happened to be spent with the Hornets.” – Jeff Fox

1) Chris Paul – Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets – 2005 - 2010

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Hornets accomplishments:

- Hornets all-time leader in free throws made
- third all-time in assists per game in the NBA
- NBA leader in steals in 2005/06, 2007/08 & 2008/09
- NBA leader in assists in 2007/08 & 2008/09
- NBA leader in assists per game in 2007/08 & 2008/09
- NBA leader in steals per game in 2007/08 & 2008/09
- three-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- two-time All-NBA selection

“Paul is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA today and arguably the best point guard currently in the league. The numbers he puts up in points, assists and steals are just something that has not been seen in the modern NBA. He changes games in so many ways. He just has not really had the opportunity to prove it in the postseason.” – Philip

“CP3 is a special player, one for the ages.  A pass-first point man who can seemingly score at will.  And whilst phrases like those get thrown around almost at whim nowadays about an entire slew of point guards, for the most part it’s not true.  With Chris Paul tho’?  Well, suffice to say that over the last thirty years there have been but a mere handful of point guards that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Nawleans’ #3.” – Don

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey.

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