Top 10 Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans of All-Time

Top 10 Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans of All-Time


New Orleans Pelicans


Honorable Mentions:

20. Peja Stojakovic

19. Eric Gordon

18. Tyreke Evans

17. David Wesley

16. Anthony Mason

15. Jrue Holiday

14. Kendall Gill

13. P.J. Brown

12. Tyson Chandler

11. Eddie Jones

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10. Muggsy Bogues

Seasons in CHA:

10 (1988-1998)

Stats w/ the Hornets

8.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 8.8 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 46.6 FG%

When you look at the Hornets’ history in its entirety, one of the most recognizable figures was little guy Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. Charlotte acquired the point guard from Washington in the expansion draft. When it was all said and done, the 5’3″ Bogues ended his nine-year stint as the team’s leader in minutes, steals and assists. He’s also eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list. He even managed to score a role in Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam.” Bogues finished in the top five in assists per game five times and finished in the top 10 in steals twice. In 1993-94, he averaged a double-double with 10.9 points and 10.2 assists per game.

Muggsy countered a clear lack of size with great court vision, exceptional ball-handling skills and a ton of heart. When big names were coming and going in Charlotte, he remained the one constant. His time with the franchise is only surpassed by Dell Curry. His ability to make plays despite his lack of height made him a crowd favorite, and he was the floor general for some very good Hornets teams. His stats may not jump out at you like others on this list, but he is as important to this team’s foundation as any of the names above him.


9. Jamal Mashburn

Seasons in CHA:

4 (2000-2004)

Stats w/ the Hornets

21.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.3 Stocks, 41.3 FG%

Jamal Mashburn was the last in a rotation of star wing players who came through Charlotte and New Orleans. It started with Glen Rice (acquired in the Alonzo Mourning trade). Once he got to the Hornets, “Monster Mash” would far exceed his expectations. In four seasons, he averaged at least 18 points per game, including scoring 19 a night his last three years.

Secondly, Mashburn was a superior rebounder. He grabbed 6.9 boards per game in his first season with the Hornets and then averaged around 5.0 a night for the next three seasons. While he wasn’t the defender that Jones was, the Kentucky star still managed to get his hands on a few steals. In the playoffs, he averaged nearly 25 points per game in two separate years. A knee injury cut short Mashburn’s Hornets career at the age of 31, but his production in the regular and postseason make him one of the team’s best ever.


8. Dell Curry

Seasons in CHA:

10 (1988-1998)

Stats w/ the Hornets

14.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.4 Stocks, 46.2 FG%

Dell Curry was one of the premier shooters of his era. It was a gift that he passed down to his son, Stephen, who has rapidly become one of the greatest players in todays NBA. Unlike his son, the elder Curry was more of a role player than a superstar. For 10 years, he was one of the mainstays in an always changing Hornets organization. He finished his stint in Charlotte as the team’s all-time leader in games, field goals and three-pointers. He is also in the team’s top 10 in free throws, rebounds, minutes and assists. The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year is the longest-tenured player in Hornets history. He’s played alongside many Charlotte greats, from Larry Johnson to Alonzo Mourning to Glen Rice. In a few years, he will probably only be remembered for being Steph’s dad but, for now, his legacy is as one of the greatest members of the Hornets/Pelicans family.

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7. Baron Davis

Seasons in CHA/NO:

6 (1999-2005)

Stats w/ the Hornets

17.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.8 APG, 2.3 Stocks, 41.1 FG%

Baron Davis gave the Hornets franchise five-and-a-half seasons. Out of all of them, he managed three-and-a-half very good ones. The UCLA star was a unique athlete. He was big-bodied point guard with the explosiveness to get to the hoop and the athleticism to make a dramatic finish. He fed off the energy of the crowd and had a knack for making plays despite being a score-first point guard. His undoing was his inability to stay healthy or in shape. Davis played in all 82 games for the first three years of his career, but his body began to unravel. The added weight on his upper body was taking its toll on his knees and back. He was limited to 50 games in 2002-2003 and 67 games the year after.

In those seasons, Davis managed to average a fantastic 17.1 and 22.9 points per game, respectively. He made two appearances to the All-Star Game and two trips to the playoffs while with the team. Injuries, a lofty contract and constant turmoil with the coaching staff led to Davis being shipped to Golden State for two expiring contracts in 2005. In Charlotte and New Orleans, he will be remembered as a good player who could have been great had he taken better care of himself. His inspired playoff run with the Warriors in his second season in San Francisco gave fans a taste of what the real Baron might be like. However, his lack of durability and motivation caught up to him and he’s bounced around the league numerous times ever since. Nevertheless, he was still good enough to make the top 7.


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