The Charlotte Hornets have always relied on the NBA Draft for the cornerstone of their success. Who are the ten best draftees in Hornets’ history?
The Charlotte Hornets are done with a disappointing season. They were in the chase for the Eastern Conference playoffs despite a series of injuries and a lack of basic team identity. At least we got to see what a year of a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Why was Kidd-Gilchrist valued so highly? He was seen as a necessary part of the Hornets’ nucleus with guard Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, and Marvin Williams. That status had been gained by the young Kidd-Gilchrist because he was the number two pick in the NBA Draft and he had been developing his game little by little.
The success of the Hornets this year has to do with the team’s depth. That depth has mostly been built up through the NBA Draft. The Hornets are getting contributions from the Cody Zellers, Frank Kaminskys, and Kemba Walkers of the world.
The question becomes which Hornets’ draft pick has meant the most to basketball on the court. The Hornets have the divided history of 1988-2002 and then the Bobcats era to now. Let’s look at the top ten players to be drafted by the Hornets.
Now let’s set some ground rules first. Yes, Bobcats draftees count. No, the New Orleans franchise picks while still bearing the name Hornets will not. A player must have played a significant amount of his career in Charlotte in order to be considered. I will include one honorable mention player who did not since it is too obvious.
So here we go, the top ten Hornets draftees over the last twenty-seven years.