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The Charlotte Hornets is a professional American basketball team that plays in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association(NBA). The Hornets plays its home games at the Spectrum Center, based in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.

Currently the Hornets are mainly owned by legendary basketball Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan, who bought a controlling interest in the squad in 2010 – after his departure from the Wizards.

The Hornets were originally established by George Shinn as an expansion team back in 1988. It was in 2002 that the team relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. Meanwhile, in Charlotte in 2004, the NBA established another expansion team – the Charlotte Bobcats.

Ten years later, the Bobcats were renamed the Charlotte Hornets and they acquired the official records and history of the original New Orleans Hornets (from 1988 to 2002) and the New Orleans team was renamed the Pelicans.

The Charlotte Hornets are one of the few teams to have never won any titles – no Division titles, no Conference titles and no NBA Finals.

Interesting Fact

The Hornets were the team that originally drafted Kobe Bryant – but then had to immediately trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers. They had already made the deal before the draft night and only knew who they would draft five minutes before it happened.

Charlotte Hornets 2021 NBA Draft Picks

The Hornets left Thursday night draft night with four picks: James Bouknight with 11th pick, Kai Jones via New York Knicks with 19th pick, JT Thor with the 37th pick and Scottie Lewis with the 56th pick.

How Will it Work?

The Hornets got James Bouknight – a UConn standout who was projected to be a top ten pick but the Hornets managed to snag him with the 11th pick. He has a huge amount of talent that selecting him was a no-brainer for the team.

The Shooting Guard from New York had an excellent 2020-21 campaign for the Huskies, averaging 18.7 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists in 15 appearances in his Sophomore Year last season. This will be a great addition for the Hornets as this will give them a good backcourt duo who could cause problems for the opposition.

They also traded away a future first-round pick in exchange for 19th pick in this year’s draft, and he used this to select 6ft 11 Bahamian Center, Kai Jones. Last season he selected 8.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26 games for the Texas Longhorns.

With the 37th pick, they selected JT Thor, a Power Forward from Auburn – another player packed with potential – a good size and length.

They finished their 2021 haul with Scottie Lewis, a Shooting Guard from Florida with the 56th pick. He is as of yet an untapped talent – with incredible athleticism but needs work.

Charlotte Hornets 2021 NBA Draft

  • First-round pick no. 11: James Bouknight from UConn
  • First Round Pick no. 19 (via NYK): Kai Jones from Texas
  • First Round pick no. 37: JT Thor from Auburn
  • Second Round pick no. 56: Scottie Lewis from Florida

Moving Forward as a Team

With a promising young core, things are looking good for the Hornets. It’s an athletic team this year – LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier should cause excitement… and they will be very entertaining.

With the new drafts adding some much needed, depth they should be aiming to reach the playoffs – with a higher seeding than last years 10th seed… although other teams are also looking strong to balance it out.

They will certainly be looking for improvement and moving up the standings. They should probably end up with a record of around 37-45 or somewhere around that.

Current Charlotte Hornets Players Under Contract

  • Gordon Hayward
  • Terry Rozier
  • LaMelo Ball
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • James Bouknight
  • Miles Bridges
  • Kai Jones
  • PJ Washington 
  • Ishmael Smith
  • JT Thor
  • Vernon Carey Jr.
  • Jalen McDaniels
  • Cody Martin
  • Nick Richards
  • Cody Zeller
  • Joe Chealey
  • Arnoldas Kulboka
  • Scottie Lewis

Charlotte Hornets Free Agency Players 2021

  • Bismack Biyombo
  • Nate Darling
  • Devonte’ Graham (restricted)
  • Malik Monk
  • Grant Riller
  • Brad Wanamaker
  • Cody Zeller

Previous Hornets Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2020 1 30 LaMelo Ball G 19 Illawarra (Australia)

2020 2 32 Vernon Carey Jr PF 19 Duke

2020 2 56 Grant Riller SG 23 Charleston

2019 1 12 PJ Washington PF 20 Kentucky

2019 2 36 Cody Martin F 23 Nevada

2019 2 52 Jalen McDaniels PF 21 San Diego State

2018 1 11 S.G-Alexander PG 19 Kentucky

2018 2 55 Arnoldas Kulboka SF 20 Orlandina Basket

2017 1 11 Malik Monk SG 19 Kentucky

2017 2 31 Frank Jackson SG 19 Duke

2016 1 22 Malachi Richardson SF 20 Syracuse

2015 1 9 Frank Kaminsky F 22 Wisconsin

2015 2 39 Juan Vaulet F 19 Weber Bahia Estudiantes

2014 1 9 Noah Vonleh FC 18 Indiana

2014 1 24 Shabazz Napier PG 22 Connecticut

2014 2 45 Dwight Powell PF 22 Stanford

2013 1 4 Cody Zellar F 20 Indiana

2012 1 2 M Kidd Gilchrist SF 18 Kentucky

2012 2 31 Jeffery Taylor SF 23 Vanderbilt

2011 1 9 Kemba Walker G 21 Connecticut

2011 1 19 Tobias Harris F 18 Tennessee

2011 2 39 Jeremy Tyler PF 20 Tokyo Apache (Japan)

2009 1 12 Gerald Henderson SG 21 Duke

2009 2 40 Derrick Brown F 21 Xavier

2009 2 54 Robert Vaden SG 24 UAB

2008 1 9 DJ Augustin G 20 Texas

2008 1 20 Alexis Ajinca C 20 Hyeres-Toulon France

2008 2 38 Kyle Weaver SG 22 Washington State

2007 1 8 Brandan Wright F 19 North Carolina

2007 1 22 Jared Dudley PF 21 Boston College

2006 1 3 Adam Morrinson SF 21 Gonzaga

2006 2 50 Ryan Hollins C 21 UCLA

2005 1 5 Raymond Felton P 21 North Carolina

2005 1 13 Sean May PF 21 North Carolina

2004 1 2 Emeka Okafor FC 21 Connecticut

2004 2 45 Bernard Robinson GF 23 Michigan

2001 1 16 Kirk Haston PF 22 Indiana

2000 1 19 Jamaal Magloire C 22 Kentucky

Charlotte Hornets Draft Picks FAQs

How Many Picks do the Wizards have in 2021

The Hornets originally had three draft picks – 11th, 56th and 57. However, after making some trades they walked away with four of the draft picks- their own 11th pick, 19th pick from the Knicks, 36th pick from the Pistons and their own 56th pick. They traded their 57th pick to the Pistons.

Where Did Caleb Martin Move To?

Caleb Martin has moved from the Hornets to the Heat. He signed for the team in 2019 with his brother Cody Martin but in September 2021, he signed with Miami Heat on a twp way contract with Sioux Falls Skyforce.