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Charlotte Hornets Anniversary Team

The Hornets honored their 30 year anniversary team

Jason Huber
November 20, 2018 - 1:36 pm

To celebrate the Charlotte Hornets 30th Anniversary season, a 30th Anniversary team was released by the Hornets. The list ultimately was voted on by the fans and during one of the Hornets "Classic Nights" this season, the team will be honored.

Before the Hornets released their fan's Top 10 list, we here at WFNZ decided to have Mac, T-Bone, Nick, Josh, Frank and Oz (Filling in for Kyle) make their own Top 10 lists.

There were similarities, but also plenty of differences. Most notably, WFNZ's almost unanimous #1 Kemba Walker was ranked #3 by the Charlotte Hornets fans and Alonzo Mourning, who was #4 on our list, was ranked #1 on the official list. 

We have taken all six of WFNZ's lists and averaged them out for a final "WFNZ All-Time Hornets Top 10 Team" to compare it with the Hornets official team. 

WFNZ's #1. Kemba Walker (2011-present) 

The Hornets all-time leading scorer comes in at number one for WFNZ. Every one of our hosts ranked Kemba #1 aside from Frank Garcia who put him at #6. 

Walker was drafted by the then-Bobcats ninth overall in the 2011 NBA draft and has been the team's starting point guard every year since his rookie campaign. Walker has averaged 19.1 points per game and 5.4 assists per game (not including the 2018-19 season) throughout his career and is a two-time NBA All-Star. His best season came in 2016-17 when he averaged 23.2 points per game and helped lead the Hornets to the playoffs. 

Kemba also holds the Hornets record for 3-point field goals and free throws. He is the second all-time leader in minutes played. 

Hornets actual: In a bit of a surprise, Kemba came in at #3 on the Hornets all-time list. Larry Johnson is #1 on the Hornets all-time Top 10 team. 

#2. Larry Johnson (1991-1996)

The Hornets 1991 #1 overall pick comes in at #2 on WFNZ's list. Every one of our hosts a ranked Johnson at #2 except for Garcia. Garcia ranked Johnson as his #1 all-time Hornet. 

During his five years in Charlotte, Johnson 19.6 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He helped guide the Hornets to two playoff appearances and took home the 1991 Rookie of the Year award after averaging 19.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game. 

In addition to placing second in the 1992 NBA Dunk contest, Johnson (also known as 'Grandmama') won a gold medal with the 1994 US Team at the FIBA World Championships and was a two-time NBA All-Star. 

Hornets actual: Johnson was ranked #4 on the Hornets actual Top 10 list. Dell Curry is ranked #2 on the list. 

#3. Dell Curry (1988-1998)

Until March 2018, Dell Curry was the Hornets all-time leading scorer. He ranks #3 on WFNZ's list. Nick, Josh and Frank ranked Curry at #4, T-Bone and Oz ranked him at #3 and Mac had him the lowest at #5. 

Curry was chosen first in the Hornets 1988 expansion draft and became the Hornets best sixth-man throughout his career with an average of 14.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists. His 9,839 career points were the most ever until Kemba passed him. 

Curry helped guide the Hornets to four playoff appearances including a semifinals appearance in 1993 and 1998. Nowadays, Curry is the Hornets color analyst on Fox Sports South East. 

Hornets actual: Curry was ranked #2 on the Hornets actual Top 10 list and Kemba is ranked #3. 

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#4. Alonzo Mourning (1992-1995)

Coming in at #4 is Alonzo Mourning. Frank had Mourning the highest at #2, Josh and Mac ranked him #3, Oz put him #4 and T-Bone and Nick ranked him the lowest at #5 on their respective lists

Despite spending just three years in Charlotte, Mourning made his mark offensively and defensively for the Hornets.

Drafted #2 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft, Mourning ranks first in franchise leaders in blocks with 684, fifth in rebounds and second in average rebounds throughout his career in Charlotte.

Mourning made two all-star teams as a Hornet and seven overall in his career. He helped guide Charlotte to two playoff appearances and is remembered best for his go-ahead jumper in the 1993 playoff series against Boston to help clinch the Hornets first playoff series victory of all-time. 

During his three seasons in Charlotte before being traded to the Miami Heat, Mourning averaged 21.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. 

Hornets actual: Mourning is ranked as the #1 Hornets play of all-time by Charlotte fans. Larry Johnson is ranked at #4. 

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#5. Muggsy Bogues (1988-1997)

Averaging at #5, Bogues was listed by all six WFNZ hosts. His highest ranking was #3 by Frank and his lowest was #7 by Nick and Mac.

T-Bone ranked Bogues #4 and Josh and Oz ranked him #5 and #6, respectively. 

Charlotte's all-time leader in minutes played comes in at #5 on WFNZ and the Hornets list. Listed as only 5'3, Bogues is the shortest player to ever play in the NBA but spent 10 long years in Charlotte as one of the best to wear a Charlotte uniform. 

Drafted sixth overall in the Hornets 1988 expansion draft, Bogues averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 632 regular season games. He leads the franchise in assists and steals. 

Bogues was also the head coach for the now-defunct Charlotte Sting WNBA team and currently lives in Charlotte. 

Hornets actual: Charlotte fans also ranked Bogues number 5. 

#6. Glen Rice (1995-1998) 

Another ranking that is the same as the Hornets official list. Glen Rice averages out at #6 with his highest ranking being #4 by Mac. Rice was ranked #5 by Frank and Oz and #6 by T-Bone, Nick and Josh.

Traded to Charlotte in 1995 as part of the Alonzo Mourning to Miami trade, Rice was an all-star his first three seasons as a Hornet. Rice scored a franchise record 48 points in 1997 and finished fifth in MVP voting that year. 

During his tenure in Charlotte, Rice became the only Hornet ever to win an All-Star MVP award and averaged 23.5 points per game. That still stands as the highest average in franchise history.

The All-Star MVP award came in 1997 where he scored 26 points to lead the Eastern Conference to a victory. 

Hornets actual: Rice is also ranked at number 6 

#7. Baron Davis (1999-2002)

One of the few players that went through the Charlotte to New Orleans transition averages out to #7 on WFNZ's list. Everyone aside from Nick and Oz ranked Davis in their Top 10. 

Josh and Frank had Davis at #7 and Mac and T-Bone had him at #8. 

Drafted #3 overall in the 1999 NBA Draft, Davis became a two-time all-star for the Hornets and averaged 20 points game during the Hornets only playoff sweep in franchise history against the Heat in 2001.

During his three seasons in Charlotte, Davis averaged 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. He never missed a regular season or playoff game for the Hornets.

Hornets actual: Davis also ranked #7 on the Hornets fan list

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#8. Gerald Wallace (2004-2011)

The lone Charlotte Bobcat on this list was ranked by every one of our hosts besides Frank. Nick had Wallace the highest at #3, Mac had him at #6, Oz and Josh had him at #7 and #8, respectively and Bone put him #10.

Selected by the Bobcats from the Kings in the 2004 Expansion draft, Wallace remains the only Bobcat to ever be selected to an all-star team during 2009-2010 season. 

Nicknamed as "Crash," Wallace helped guide the Bobcats to their only playoff appearance in 2010 and is one of three players in NBA history to average 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals throughout an entire season. 

Wallace averaged 16.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his time in Charlotte.

Hornets actual: Wallace also ranked #8 on the Hornets fan list

#9. David Wesley (1997-2002)

The #9 and #10 spots are where things begin to get complicated. Wesley comes in at #9, but only Mac, Nick, Josh and Oz had him ranked in their Top 10. Mac and Josh had him at #9 and Nick and Oz put him at #10. 

Many may know Wesley as the driver of the car that ultimately killed Hornets teammate Bobby Phills, but Wesley spent five years in Charlotte averaging a career-best 17.2 points per game during the 2000-01 season. He went on to play with New Orleans when Charlotte moved cities. 

In total, Wesley averaged 14.4 points per game during his five years in Charlotte. 

Hornets actual: Kendall Gill was ranked #9 on the Hornets fan list 

#10. Anthony Mason (1996-1999)

Anthony Mason rounds out the WFNZ Top 10 Hornets with four out of the six hosts ranking Mason. Josh and Oz are the only ones not to rank Mason. Mac and Frank put Mason #10 and Bone and Nick had Mason at #9. 

Spending three seasons with the Hornets, Mason had his best season in 1996 with 16.2 points per game, 11.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists with four triple-doubles throughout the year. 

Mason averaged around 12 points per game his next two years in Charlotte and 10.2 and 8.5 rebounds per game, respectively.  

Sadly, Mason passed away in 2015 at the age of 48 due to heart failure.

Hornets actual: Al Jefferson was ranked #10 on the Hornets fan list 

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