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The Charlotte Hornets, a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA), plays in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center, based in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. This building was previously known as the Time Warner Cable Arena, however, its current name dates back to 2008.

The Hornets were among a quartet of teams that joined the NBA around 1988 as the association expanded. The other expansion teams from that era are the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were a part of expansion efforts in the mid-1990s. All of these teams have at least won a divisional title (Minnesota only has one), if not a conference title or an NBA title (ie. Miami and Toronto). All of these teams -- except for Charlotte. The team's history does, in fact, paint a picture of mediocrity at best for many seasons and outright struggles for many more.

In 2002, the Hornets relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana. At this time, they became the New Orleans Hornets. Meanwhile, in Charlotte in 2004, the NBA established another expansion team – the Charlotte Bobcats.

This history has led to some confusion when NBA fans think about Charlotte's history in the NBA. The New Orleans Hornets would go on to become the New Orleans Pelicans, the team that modern NBA fans will recognize. The Charlotte Bobcats would later be renamed the Charlotte Hornets, making for a second edition of the team name in the city. This second edition of the team would also acquire the former Charlotte Hornets' team history.

In short, the original Charlotte Hornets became the modern New Orleans Pelicans. The current Charlotte Hornets are rooted in a 2004 expansion team. However, the NBA packages the history of the teams in Charlotte as one for fans. In effect, the Charlotte Hornets Part 1 and Part 2 might look like the same franchise but from a business perspective, they are not.

Like several other teams, Charlotte has never won an NBA title. But in addition, they have never won their conference championship. Furthermore, Charlotte has never won a regular-season division title. They could, in fact, be presented as the worst franchise in the NBA when judged in terms of historical successes.

From that point of view, they might possibly be the worst franchise in the NFL, Major League Baseball, and in the NFL combined. The Columbus Blue Jackets are comparable in terms of futility but have been around for less time. Perhaps Charlotte and the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL are comparable to one another.

Interesting Fact

The Hornets were the team that originally drafted the late Kobe Bryant. However, they 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.

The Charlotte Hornets have a history that's kind of like the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL -- and not just in terms of futility. Charlotte has had two separate franchises in the city, each named the Charlotte Hornets. The Winnipeg Jets have had two separate franchises in Winnipeg, each named the Winnipeg Jets.

Charlotte Hornets: Management and Coaching

Owner: Michael Jordan*

President: Fred Whitfield

General Manager: Mitch Kupchak

Head Coach: Steve Clifford

*as of late June 2023, Jordan was working on a deal that may change his status as majority owner

Charlotte Hornets 2023 NBA Draft Picks

The Charlotte Hornets, as they often do, had a high pick in the NBA Draft. On June 23rd, 2023, the Hornets selected Brandon Miller, a small forward out of Alabama. Charlotte also had a late-first-round selection and they took Nick Smith Jr., who played PG/SG for Arkansas.  In the second round, Charlotte selected Colby Jones but traded him. Charlotte also had two more picks and, with one of them, selected Amari Balley.

Current Charlotte Hornets Players Under Contract

  • Gordon Hayward
  • Terry Rozier
  • LaMelo Ball
  • Cody Martin
  • James Bouknight
  • Mark Williams
  • Nick Richards
  • Kai Jones
  • Bryce McGowens
  • JT Thor
  • Kobi Simmons
  • Xavier Sneed

Charlotte Hornets Free Agency Players 2023

Kelly Oubre Jr., PJ Washington, and Dennis Smith Jr. are three Charlotte Hornets free agents. They are each in their prime with Oubre Jr. standing as an impact player at this point in his career.

Previous Hornets Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2023 1 2 Brandon Miller SF 20 Alabama

2022 1 13 Jalen Duren C 18 Memphis

2021 1 11 James Bouknight SG 22 UCONN

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

Where will Kelly Oubre Jr. sign for the 2023/24 NBA season?

Kelly Oubre Jr. is a free agent as of late June 2023. He could resign with Charlotte but he could also get a good deal with another franchise. He is one to watch for Charlotte fans.

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