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The Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball
Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team is largely owned by retired NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired controlling interest in the team in 2010.[8][9] The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. In 2002, Shinn's franchise relocated to New Orleans
New Orleans
and became the New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets. In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, which was regarded as a new expansion team at the time. In 2013, the New Orleans' franchise announced it would rebrand itself the New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans, ultimately returning the Hornets name, records, and official history (spanning from 1988 to 2002) to Charlotte. The Bobcats were officially renamed the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
for the 2014–15 season.[1][10][11]


1 Franchise history

1.1 1988–2002: Original Charlotte Hornets/ George Shinn era

1.1.1 1985–1988: Birth of the Hornets 1.1.2 1988–1992: Early seasons 1.1.3 1992–1995: Johnson–Mourning era 1.1.4 1995–1998: Glen Rice era 1.1.5 1998–2002: Final years of original personnel

1.2 2004–2014: Charlotte Bobcats era

1.2.1 2004–2007: Return to Charlotte 1.2.2 2007–2010: Larry Brown era 1.2.3 2009–2010: Michael Jordan's acquisition of the franchise 1.2.4 2010–2014: Final Years of the Bobcats

1.3 2014–present: Hornets returns, The Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker

2 Logos and uniforms

2.1 Logos 2.2 Uniforms

2.2.1 Original Hornets 2.2.2 Bobcats 2.2.3 Hornets

3 Arenas 4 Roster 5 Personnel

5.1 Retained draft rights 5.2 Head coaches

6 Franchise records, awards and honors

6.1 Franchise leaders 6.2 Individual awards 6.3 All-Star Game selections 6.4 Retired numbers 6.5 Basketball
Hall of Famers 6.6 FIBA Hall of Famers

7 Mascot
and Cheerleaders 8 Media coverage 9 References 10 External links

Franchise history[edit] Further information: History of the Charlotte Hornets 1988–2002: Original Charlotte Hornets/ George Shinn era[edit] 1985–1988: Birth of the Hornets[edit] In 1985, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams by the 1988–1989 season, later modified to include a total of four expansion teams. George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Kannapolis, North Carolina, wanted to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area, and he assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise. The Charlotte area had long been a hotbed for college basketball. Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and was previously one of the three in-state regional homes to the American Basketball
Association's Carolina Cougars
Carolina Cougars
from 1969 to 1974. Despite doubt from critics, Shinn's ace in the hole was the Charlotte Coliseum, a state-of-the-art arena that would seat almost 24,000 spectators – the largest basketball-specific arena ever to serve as a full-time home for an NBA team. On April 5, 1987, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern
David Stern
called Shinn to tell him his group had been awarded the 24th NBA franchise, to begin play in 1988. Franchises were also granted to Miami, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Orlando. Originally, the new team was going to be called the Charlotte Spirit, but a name-the-team contest yielded "Hornets" as the winning choice. The team received further attention when it chose teal as its primary color, setting off a sports fashion craze in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[12] The team's uniforms, designed by international designer and North Carolina
North Carolina
native Alexander Julian, featured a first for NBA uniforms—pin stripes. Similar designs by other teams followed, as they became a hit. Shinn hired Carl Scheer as the team's first President and General Manager. Scheer preferred a roster of veteran players, hoping to put together a competitive team as soon as possible. Former college coach and veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter
Dick Harter
was hired as the team's first head coach. In 1988, the Hornets and the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
were part of the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft. Unlike many expansion franchises that invest in the future with a team composed entirely of young players, Charlotte stocked its inaugural roster with several veterans in hopes of putting a competitive lineup on the court right away. The team also had three draft picks at the 1988 NBA draft. 1988–1992: Early seasons[edit]

Season tickets for the Hornets' inaugural season.

The Hornets' first NBA game took place on November 4, 1988, at the Charlotte Coliseum, losing 133–93 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[13] Four days later, the team notched its first-ever victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 117–105.[14] On December 23, 1988, the Hornets really gave their fans something to cheer about, beating Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
103–101 in Jordan's first return to North Carolina
North Carolina
as a professional.[15] The Hornets finished their inaugural season with a record of 20-62. Scheer left prior to the 1989–90 season. Despite initial concerns that the Coliseum was too big, the Hornets were a runaway hit, leading the NBA in attendance, a feat they would achieve seven more times in Charlotte. Eventually, the Hornets would sell out 364 consecutive games. The Hornets' second season was a struggle from start to finish. Members of the team rebelled against Dick Harter's defense-oriented style, and he was replaced mid-season by assistant Gene Littles following an 8–32 start. Despite the change, the team continued to struggle, finishing the season with a disappointing 19–63 record. The team showed improvement during the following season. They won eight of their first fifteen games, including a 120–105 victory over the Washington Bullets. However, the team went cold, losing their next eleven games. The Hornets, who hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game, finished with a 26–56 record. Despite the team's seven-game improvement over the previous season, Gene Littles was fired at the end of the season and replaced by general manager Allan Bristow. With the first pick in the 1991 NBA draft, the Hornets drafted power forward Larry Johnson from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Johnson had an impact season, finishing among the league leaders in points and rebounds, and winning the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Additionally, Guard Kendall Gill
Kendall Gill
led the club in scoring, averaging over 20 points per game. The team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until March, but finished the year with a 31–51 record. 1992–1995: Johnson–Mourning era[edit] The Hornets were in the lottery again in 1992 and won the second overall pick in the draft, using it to select Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning. Charlotte now had two 20–10 threats in Johnson and Mourning, who with Kendall Gill, formed perhaps the league's top young trio. The team finished their fifth season at 44–38, their first-ever winning record and good enough for the first playoff berth in franchise history. Finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets upset the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in the first round, with Mourning winning the series with a 20-footer in game four.[16] However, the Hornets lacked the experience and depth to defeat the New York Knicks, falling in five games in the second round. The Hornets finished the 1993–94 season with a 41–41 record, narrowly missing the playoffs. Despite injuries to both Johnson and Mourning, the two led the team in points-per-game. In the 1994–95 season, the Hornets finished with a 50-32 record, returning to the playoffs. Johnson and Mourning again led the team in points-per-game, while also leading the club in rebounding. However, Charlotte was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, falling to the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
in four games. Following the season, the Hornets traded Mourning to the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
for forward Glen Rice, center Matt Geiger, and guard Khalid Reeves. 1995–1998: Glen Rice era[edit] Glen Rice would make an immediate impact after joining the Hornets, leading the team in scoring and points-per-game during the 1995–96 season. While Rice and Johnson provided high-powered scoring, Geiger tied with Johnson for the team lead in rebounds, and All-Star guard Kenny Anderson ran the point for the injured Muggsy Bogues. The Hornets were competitive but failed to qualify for the playoffs, again finishing with a 41–41 record. Allan Bristow resigned at the end of the season, and was replaced by Dave Cowens. The 1996 off-season was again marked by vast changes: Anderson declined to re-sign, Johnson was shipped to the Knicks for power forward Anthony Mason, and the team made a trade on draft day 1996, acquiring center Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac
from the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
in exchange for the Lakers rights to rookie Kobe Bryant, who the Hornets picked 13th overall. The new-look Hornets were successful, with Divac and Geiger providing the center combination, Mason averaging a double-double, Bogues back at the point, and Rice having the finest season of his career. The team achieved the best season in its history at the time, finishing 54-28, and making it back to the playoffs. Despite the success during the regular season, the Hornets went down rather meekly to the Knicks in three games. The 1997–98 season was also successful. Muggsy Bogues
Muggsy Bogues
was traded two games into the season, and the team picked up point guard David Wesley and shooting guard Bobby Phills. With Wesley, Phills, Rice, Mason, and Divac, the Hornets romped through the regular season, finishing with a 51–31 record. The Hornets made it to back-to-back playoffs for the first time in franchise history, advancing to the second round, only to be stopped by the Bulls. 1998–2002: Final years of original personnel[edit] The 1998–99 season was shortened. The season did not start until February, as the lockout shortened the regular season to only 50 games. Additionally, Glen Rice was traded to the Lakers for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell, and Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens
resigned midway through the season. He was replaced by former Celtics teammate Paul Silas, who became the team's fifth head coach. The team finished with a 26–24 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs. The next three seasons (1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2001–02) saw the Hornets in the playoffs each year, reaching the conference semifinals twice. Before the Hornets were eliminated from the 2002 playoffs, the NBA approved a deal for the team to move to New Orleans
New Orleans
following the season, which came from discord between Shinn and the city of Charlotte.[17] 2004–2014: Charlotte Bobcats era[edit] Shortly after the relocation of the team to New Orleans, the NBA opened itself to the possibility of adding a replacement team in Charlotte for the 2004–05 season, given an arena deal could be reached.[18] Several ownership groups, including one led by former Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
star Larry Bird, made bids for the franchise.[19] On December 18, 2002, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson was awarded the franchise,[20] allowing him to become the first majority African American
African American
owner in U.S. major professional sports since the Negro leagues.[21] The franchise with Johnson as its owner was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on January 10, 2003.[22] Hip-hop artist Nelly
became a notable co-owner.[23] In June 2003, the team name was officially announced as the Bobcats.[24] The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission aided the naming process with a " Help Name The Team" effort that drew over 1,250 suggestions, with 'Flight' being the winner. However, it was discarded by Johnson and the team involved in creating the team's identity, being considered abstract and reminiscent of the then-current Iraq War aerial strikes.[25] Given Charlotte was already home to a cat-named team, the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
of the National Football League, designer Chris Weiller made sure to create a logo that would not be similar to the Panthers logo.[25] It has also been speculated that Johnson chose the name "Bobcats" in reference to his own name.[26][27] The Bobcats hired Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
as the first head coach and general manager in franchise history.[28] A new arena to host the Bobcats in uptown Charlotte began construction in July 2003. The team would play its home games at the Coliseum until the new building was ready. 2004–2007: Return to Charlotte[edit]

The Bobcats versus the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
on November 11, 2005.

The Bobcats held their expansion draft on June 22, 2004, picking up youngsters such as Gerald Wallace, Primož Brezec, and Jason Kapono. Shortly after, they traded with the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
to acquire the second pick in the 2004 NBA draft, which they used to select center Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
from Connecticut. The Bobcats' inaugural game, and the first of their 2004–05 season took place on November 4 at the Charlotte Coliseum, and was a 103–96 loss to the Washington Wizards.[29] Two days later, they won their first game in franchise history over the Orlando Magic, 111–100.[30] On December 14, the Bobcats beat the New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets in overtime in the team's first trip to Charlotte since relocating.[31] The Bobcats finished their inaugural season 18–64.[32] Emeka Okafor, however, won the 2004–05 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[33] In the 2005 NBA draft, the Bobcats drafted Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
and Sean May from North Carolina. In their second season, the Bobcats opened Charlotte Bobcats Arena with an overtime victory over the Celtics. Despite struggling for most of the year, they managed to close out the season with four straight wins to finish with a record of 26–56, an eight-game improvement from the previous season. After the season, the Bobcats announced that NBA legend and North Carolina
North Carolina
native Michael Jordan had bought a minority stake in the team. As part of the deal, he became head of basketball operations, though Bickerstaff remained general manager.[34] The Bobcats showed some improvement during the 2006–07 season, posting a playoff-hopeful record of 22–33 late in February 2007. However, the team went through an eight-game losing streak and dropped their record to 22–41 by early March 2007. Following the slump, Jordan announced that Bickerstaff would not return to coach the following season, but would finish coaching the remainder of the 2006–07 season.[28] The Bobcats won 11 of their last 19 games of Bickerstaff's tenure to finish their third season 33–49. 2007–2010: Larry Brown era[edit] Front office and coaching were key focuses for the Bobcats during the 2007 offseason. Rod Higgins was hired as general manager,[35] and Sam Vincent was hired as the second head coach in franchise history.[36] In the 2007 NBA draft, Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright
was selected by the Bobcats with the eighth pick; he was subsequently traded to Golden State for Jason Richardson. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on offseason moves, finishing the 2007–08 season with a 32–50 record. The team struggled amid rumors of players clashing with the coach.[37] After a year, during which he struggled with personnel decisions, Sam Vincent was fired in April 2008.[38] On April 29, 2008 the Bobcats reached an agreement to hire Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Brown as the third head coach in franchise history.[39] In the 2008 NBA draft, the Bobcats selected D. J. Augustin from Texas ninth overall. On December 10, 2008, a little over a month into the season, the Bobcats obtained Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
and Raja Bell in a trade with Phoenix. The trade turned out to be successful as the team came close to reaching the franchise's first playoff berth, but finished four games out of eighth place with a record of 35-47. Following the season, majority owner Bob Johnson announced he was putting the team up for sale.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
acquired the Bobcats in 2010.

2009–2010: Michael Jordan's acquisition of the franchise[edit] During the offseason, the team picked Gerald Henderson from Duke 12th overall in the 2009 NBA draft. The Bobcats traded Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
for New Orleans Hornets' center Tyson Chandler, and through more trades acquired Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson
and Acie Law
Acie Law
from the Golden State Warriors. On February 27, 2010, it was announced that Johnson had decided to sell the team to Jordan, allowing Jordan to become the first former NBA player to become majority owner of a franchise.[40] On April 9, 2010, the Bobcats clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 with a 104–103 road win over the New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets,[41] finishing the 2009–10 season with an overall record of 44–38, their first-ever winning season. Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace
was a huge factor in the playoff run as he became the Bobcats' first and only ever NBA All-Star. However, the Bobcats were swept by the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
in 4 games. 2010–2014: Final Years of the Bobcats[edit] Despite the departures of Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
and Tyson Chandler, the Bobcats hoped to make the playoffs for a second straight season. Following a dismal 9–19 start, Jordan announced that Larry Brown had stepped down as head coach. Paul Silas
Paul Silas
was hired as their new head coach the same day. The Bobcats sent Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers and received two first round draft picks, Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks, and Dante Cunningham, also acquiring D. J. White
D. J. White
and Morris Peterson in a trade with the Thunder. Going down the stretch, injuries to both Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson
and Tyrus Thomas
Tyrus Thomas
derailed any chances of Charlotte trying to catch the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
for the eighth spot in the east. In the end, the Bobcats finished the season with a 34–48 record overall, finishing 25–29 under Silas. On June 13, 2011, the Bobcats made some changes to their front office by hiring former Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho
Rich Cho
to the same position and promoting Rod Higgins to President of Basketball Operations. During the 2011 NBA draft
2011 NBA draft
the Bobcats sent Jackson, Shaun Livingston, and the 19th pick to Milwaukee and received Corey Maggette and the 7th pick in return. The Bobcats used that pick to draft Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
and with their 9th pick drafted Connecticut's Kemba Walker, the NCAA Basketball
Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Charlotte lost often, including their last 23 games. During their season finale against the New York Knicks, the Bobcats recorded yet another loss as their win percentage dropped to .106, setting a new record for the worst season ever by an NBA team (as this season was shortened by the lockout, the 1972–73 Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
still hold the record for most losses in a season with 73). Overall, the team's record was 7– 59. On April 30, 2012, the Bobcats announced that Silas would not return as head coach. St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap was named as his successor. With the 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and selected Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor
with the 31st pick. They also added Ben Gordon, Ramon Sessions
Ramon Sessions
and Brendan Haywood
Brendan Haywood
in free agency. The Bobcats won their first game against the Pacers, snapping their 23-game losing streak. The team seemed to rebound with a 7–5 start to the season. However, they promptly went on an 18-game losing streak from which they never recovered, snapping the streak with a win at Chicago. Charlotte finished 21–61, the second-worst record in the league. Dunlap was fired on April 23, reportedly because the players were turned off by his heavy-handed coaching style. He would be replaced by former Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
assistant head coach Steve Clifford. During the 2013 NBA draft, the Bobcats selected power forward/center Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller
4th overall. The Bobcats would also obtain former Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson
in free agency. In February 2014, the team received Gary Neal
Gary Neal
and Luke Ridnour
Luke Ridnour
in a trade with the Bucks. The new players and coaching staff worked as the Bobcats clinched a playoff berth for the second time in franchise history by beating Cleveland on the road. Charlotte finished the regular season 43-39. However, the Bobcats were swept in four games by defending champion Miami in the first round. 2014–present: Hornets returns, The Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
era[edit] On May 21, 2013, Jordan officially announced the organization had submitted an application to change the name of the franchise to the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
for the 2014–15 NBA season, pending a majority vote for approval by the NBA Board of Governors at a meeting in Las Vegas on July 18, 2013.[42] The NBA announced, on July 18, 2013, that it had unanimously approved the rebranding, which would begin upon the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[43] The Bobcats announced on November 22 they would adopt a modified version of the original Hornets' teal-purple-white color palette, with black, gray and Carolina blue
Carolina blue
as accents.[4][44] The team officially unveiled its future logo and identity scheme during halftime of their December 21 game against the Jazz.[45] The team also started the "Buzz City" campaign to hype up the Hornets return.[46] On January 16, 2014, the Bobcats revealed new Hornets shirts, hats and gear.[47] On May 20, 2014, the Bobcats officially became the second incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets. At a press conference regarding the change, team officials also announced that as part of a deal with the NBA and the Pelicans, the renamed Hornets reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets (in a move similar to that of the National Football League's Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
return to the league in 1999), while all of the Hornets' records during their time in New Orleans from 2002 to 2013 remained with the Pelicans.[1][48][49] Charlotte had already been using past footage of the original Hornets as part of the "Buzz City" campaign. To restate and clarify a confusing series of events: after the 2002 season, the original Hornets moved to New Orleans. In 2004, Charlotte was granted a new franchise, the Bobcats. After the 2013–14 season, the Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets and reclaimed the history and records of the 1988–2002 Hornets. As a result, the Hornets are now retconned as having suspended operations from 2002 to 2004, while the Pelicans are now retconned as having joined the league in 2002 as an expansion team.[48] In the 2014 NBA draft, the Hornets had the 9th overall pick from an earlier trade with the Detroit Pistons, which they used to select Noah Vonleh from Indiana. In the same draft they acquired UConn Husky Shabazz Napier, Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell
from Stanford, and Semaj Christon from Xavier in the second round. They later traded Napier to the Heat for P. J. Hairston (formerly from UNC), the rights to the 55th pick, Miami's 2019 second-round pick and cash considerations. The team also picked up Scotty Hopson (whom they would trade to New Orleans) and cash considerations in free agency. During their first year of free agency as the Hornets, the team signed former Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson. The Hornets also signed former Jazz and Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
forward Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams
to a two-year deal. A mostly difficult year led to a 33–49 record overall and a 4th-place finish in the division.[50] Stephenson was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Spencer Hawes
Spencer Hawes
and Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes
who was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
for Courtney Lee. The following year, the team improved to 48–34 overall, following the acquisition of players such as Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb, and Jeremy Lin. It was the best season in franchise history since the original Hornets era. Charlotte returned to the playoffs, where they lost to the Heat in seven games in the first round.[51] In the offseason, Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin
would go to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson
to the Indiana Pacers, and Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee
to the New York Knicks, but the Hornets were able to re-sign Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
and Marvin Williams, as well as bring in former All-star Roy Hibbert, Marco Belinelli and Ramon Sessions
Ramon Sessions
for a second stint. Hibbert would be traded mid-season to the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
with Spencer Hawes
Spencer Hawes
for center Miles Plumlee. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
was named an Eastern Conference All-star as a reserve, the first all-star game of his career. The Hornets would finish the season with a 36–46 record, missing out on the playoffs. The Hornets had a successful 2017 offseason. They shipped Plumlee and Belinelli and the 41st pick in the 2017 NBA draft
2017 NBA draft
to the Atlanta Hawks for former All-star Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard
and the 31st pick in the 2017 draft. The trade reunited Howard with head coach Steve Clifford, both of whom worked together during Howard's time in Orlando and Los Angeles. In the draft, Charlotte selected Malik Monk
Malik Monk
with the 11th overall pick, as well as Frank Jackson with the 31st pick. They then sent Jackson to the New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans for cash considerations and swing man Dwayne Bacon who was drafted 40th overall. Sessions signed with the New York Knicks, and, to replace the backup guard, they brought in former rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams
from the Chicago Bulls. Logos and uniforms[edit] Logos[edit] The Hornets first logo was a teal and purple anthropomorphic hornet wearing white shoes and gloves dribbling an orange basketball. The words 'Charlotte Hornets' were in teal and curved across the top and bottom of the logo. An alternate logo, used only for the 1988–89 season, featured a large teal letter 'C', with 'Charlotte' in black letters curved upwards underneath. Inside the 'C' was a smaller white letter 'H' outlined in teal, with a black colored hornet holding a basketball from birds-eye view placed in the center. The 'H' portion of the logo remained on the warm-ups and wasteband of the jerseys until the 1991–92 season.[52] The Bobcats primary logo from 2004 to 2013 consisted of a snarling orange bobcat facing to the right with the indented name 'Bobcats' above in silver on a blue background, with 'Charlotte' (also indented) appearing above it in the same blue color. A change to a less vibrant orange and blue, while retaining the same look, was made in 2007. Further color changes in 2013 made the bobcat gray, extended the blue background up to the 'Charlotte' name, which changed from blue to gray. A Carolina blue
Carolina blue
outline around the entire logo was also added. In 2007 the Bobcats unveiled a secondary logo, consisting of a snarling bobcat head facing forward with one side shaded orange, and the other blue. A silver basketball was placed behind the right of the head, all encased in an orange-blue-gray circle. During the 2013 rebranding, the colors were changed, with gray and Carolina blue replacing orange on the head and circle outline, respectively, and the basketball changing to orange. This logo would become prominent in the team's marketing and be featured at center court from 2007–08 until 2013–14. Charlotte's second Hornets logo features a teal and purple forward-facing hornet with the words 'Charlotte Hornets' on its torso. Wings sprout up above the head on both left and right, with teal and purple details. The hornet's stinger is prominently featured; a basketball pattern is above the stinger. Gray fully outlines the logo.[45] Among the team's different secondary logos includes a hornet facing to the side, its teal and purple body arched in a 'C' shape representing the city of Charlotte, and a modified version of the Hornets original logo (sans the basketball) as the official mascot logo.[45] Uniforms[edit] Original Hornets[edit] The original Hornets uniforms were designed by international designer and North Carolina
North Carolina
native Alexander Julian. The team chose teal and purple as its primary colors and featured a first for NBA uniforms—pinstripes. While most teams feature team names on home jerseys and their home city on away jerseys, the Hornets' uniforms had "Charlotte" on both home and away jerseys. Home uniforms were white with pinstripes in teal, green, blue and purple, while the away jerseys were teal with pinstripes in white, green, blue and purple. The 'Hugo' logo was prominently featured on the shorts' beltline, beginning in early 1992.[53] In 1994, the Hornets unveiled a purple alternate uniform, with pinstripes in white, green, blue and teal. Likewise Hugo was featured in the beltline. From 1997 to 2002, the Hornets made slight changes to their uniforms. Hugo was moved from the beltline to the left leg, while side stripes with pinstripes were added, in purple (away) and teal (home) colors. A tricolor featuring teal, purple and blue was featured on the beltline and the piping. Bobcats[edit] The Bobcats' first home jerseys were white, reading "Bobcats" in orange with blue and black trimming. The primary away jersey was orange reading "Charlotte" in white with blue and black trimming.[54] In the 2006 offseason, the Bobcats announced a new alternate away jersey which debuted during the 2006–07 season. The alternate jersey is blue, with the name "Bobcats" in white with black, orange and white trimming.[55] Racing Day blue alternates (with an arched 'Charlotte', checkered flag side stripes, and centered numbers) are used to honor Charlotte's NASCAR
fanbase. For the 2009–10 season, the Bobcats sported redesigned uniforms, having a mixture of characteristics from both Hornets and Bobcats uniforms. They also resemble the Magic's current kit. The home uniforms were white and featured an arched "Bobcats" in blue with orange and white trim. Road uniforms were blue and featured an arched "Charlotte" in white with blue and orange trim. Both designs feature silver pinstripes, similar to what the Hornets wore. The NASCAR uniform was also updated to include the pinstripes. For the 2011–12 season, however, the Bobcats wore their home uniforms on NASCAR
night, complete with a racing flag patch. The Bobcats unveiled Hardwood Classics uniforms honoring the American Basketball
Association (ABA)'s Carolina Cougars, which the team wore for select games in 2012.[56] The Bobcats unveiled new uniforms on June 19, 2012, their second and final change in five years. Overall, they featured less emphasis on orange. The white home uniforms sported the shorter nickname 'Cats' in navy and Carolina blue
Carolina blue
trim, while the numbers were in Carolina blue and navy trim, with navy side stripes. The navy away uniforms featured 'Charlotte' in white and Carolina blue
Carolina blue
trim, with the numbers featured the same trim as the city name, with Carolina blue
Carolina blue
side stripes. In both uniforms, the pinstripes were relegated to the sides. The uniforms bore a close resemblance to the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
uniforms. The addition of Carolina blue
Carolina blue
was seen as way to connect owner Michael Jordan's collegiate roots, while the formal adoption of 'Cats' for marketing purposes reflected a popular nickname. Hornets[edit] The newly renamed Hornets unveiled the team's uniforms on June 19, 2014, consisting of white home and purple road uniforms with the "Hornets" wordmark across the chest. The team also unveiled a teal alternate uniform with the "Charlotte" wordmark across the chest. The teal uniform is planned to be used as an alternate uniform for either home or road games and worn a total of 16-20 times per season.[57] On June 25, 2015, the Hornets unveiled a black sleeved alternate uniform, featuring their "Buzz City" nickname in front. The team plans to wear the uniform for as many as six games during the 2015–16 NBA season.[58] It was also worn during select games of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. For the 2017–18 season and beyond, the Hornets will be outfitted by Nike's Air Jordan
Air Jordan
brand endorsed by franchise owner Michael Jordan. The white "Association" uniform and the teal "Icon" uniform feature the "Hornets" wordmark in front and the silhouetted hornet on the waistband.[59] The purple "Statement" uniform is similar to the "Icon" and "Association" uniforms, but feature the "Charlotte" wordmark in front.[60] The Hornets also wore two special uniforms for the 2017–18 season. The "Classic" edition featured a revival of the original Hornets teal uniforms in the current Nike template,[61] while the "City" edition saw the release of a slightly tweaked version of the team's black "Buzz City" uniform.[62] Arenas[edit]

Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte Coliseum
(1988–2002, 2004–2005) Spectrum Center (known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena from 2005 to 2008 and as Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
Arena from 2008 to 2016) (2005–present)

The Hornets played their first 15 seasons at the Charlotte Coliseum, which was called "The Hive" by fans. With almost 24,000 seats, it was (and still remains) the largest basketball-specific venue in the league by seating capacity. The Coliseum hosted 364 consecutive NBA sell-outs from December 1988 to November 1997. The Hornets would go on to lead the NBA in attendance over the course of their first seven seasons. When they returned as the Bobcats, they temporarily played in the Coliseum in the 2004–05 season while their new arena (the Charlotte Bobcats Arena) was being built. After its completion, the city closed the old Coliseum in the 2005 offseason and opened the new arena with a Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
concert. In April 2008, the Bobcats reached a naming rights deal with Time Warner Cable, North Carolina's largest cable television provider. In exchange for the naming rights, Time Warner agreed to tear up the cable television deal that had limited the Bobcats' exposure over the team's first four years (see below).[63][64] When the Hornets returned to Charlotte, "The Hive" nickname also returned to the arena. In August 2016, the arena was renamed the Spectrum Center after Time Warner's merger with Charter Communications. Charter's all-digital TV, internet and voice offering's brand name is Spectrum.[65] Roster[edit] See also: Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
draft history, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
all-time roster, and Category: Charlotte Hornets
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players Personnel[edit]

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Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

4.0 !F 7000700000000000000♠7 Bacon, Dwayne 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 1995–08–30 Florida State

2.5 !G/F 7000500000000000000♠5 Batum, Nicolas 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–12–14 France

1.5 !G 7001100000000000000♠10 Carter-Williams, Michael  7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–10–10 Syracuse

2.5 !G/F 7001210000000000000♠21 Graham, Treveon 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1993–10–28 Virginia

6.0 !C 7001410000000000000♠41 Hernangómez, Willy 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–05–27 Spain

6.0 !C 7001120000000000000♠12 Howard, Dwight 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1985–12–08 SW Atlanta Academy (GA)

5.5 !F/C 7001440000000000000♠44 Kaminsky, Frank 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 1993–04–04 Wisconsin

4.0 !F 7001140000000000000♠14 Kidd-Gilchrist, Michael 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 232 lb (105 kg) 1993–09–26 Kentucky

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 Lamb, Jeremy 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1992–05–30 Connecticut

5.5 !F/C 7000900000000000000♠9 Mathiang, Mangok (TW) 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1992–10–08 Louisville

1.5 !G 7000100000000000000♠1 Monk, Malik 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998–02–04 Kentucky

1.5 !G 7000400000000000000♠4 Paige, Marcus (TW) 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 164 lb (74 kg) 1993–09–11 North Carolina

1.5 !G 7001320000000000000♠32 Stone, Julyan 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1988–12–07 Texas–El Paso

1.5 !G 7001150000000000000♠15 Walker, Kemba (C) 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1990–05–08 Connecticut

4.0 !F 7000200000000000000♠2 Williams, Marvin 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1986–06–19 North Carolina

5.5 !F/C 7001400000000000000♠40 Zeller, Cody 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1992–10–05 Indiana

Head coach

Steve Clifford

Assistant coach(es)

Michael Batiste Pat Delany Steve Hetzel Eddie Jordan Bruce Kreutzer Stephen Silas (Associate HC)


(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018–2–7

Retained draft rights[edit] The Hornets hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player is ostensibly either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[66] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

Head coaches[edit] Main article: List of Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
head coaches Franchise records, awards and honors[edit] See also: Charlotte Hornets accomplishments and records
Charlotte Hornets accomplishments and records
and List of Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
seasons Franchise leaders[edit] Bold denotes still active with team. Italic denotes still active but not with team. Regular season (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)

Most points scored

Player Points

Dell Curry 9,839

Kemba Walker 8,137

Gerald Wallace 7,437

Larry Johnson 7,405

Glen Rice 5,651

Most rebounds

Player Rebounds

Emeka Okafor 3,516

Larry Johnson 3,479

Gerald Wallace 3,398

Anthony Mason 2,354

Alonzo Mourning 2,176

Most assists

Player Assists

Muggsy Bogues 5,557

Raymond Felton 2,573

Kemba Walker 2,381

David Wesley 1,911

Baron Davis 1,605

Most minutes played

Player Minutes

Muggsy Bogues 19,768

Dell Curry 17,613

Gerald Wallace 16,718

Kemba Walker 15,008

Larry Johnson 14,635

Individual awards[edit]

Rookie of the Year

Larry Johnson – 1992 Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
– 2005

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Kendall Gill
Kendall Gill
– 1991 Larry Johnson – 1992 Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
– 1993 Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
– 2005

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Rex Chapman – 1989 J. R. Reid
J. R. Reid
– 1990 Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton
– 2006 Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison
– 2007 Walter Herrmann
Walter Herrmann
– 2007 D. J. Augustin
D. J. Augustin
– 2009 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
– 2013 Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller
– 2014

All-NBA Second Team

Larry Johnson – 1993 Glen Rice – 1997

All-NBA Third Team

Anthony Mason – 1997 Glen Rice – 1998 Eddie Jones – 2000 Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson
– 2014

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace
– 2010

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Anthony Mason – 1997 Eddie Jones – 1999, 2000 P. J. Brown
P. J. Brown
– 2001

Sixth Man of the Year

Dell Curry
Dell Curry
– 1994

Executive of the Year

Bob Bass – 1997

All-Star Game selections[edit] The following Hornets players were selected to the NBA All-Star Game.[67]

Larry Johnson – 1993, 1995 Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
– 1994, 1995 Glen Rice – 1996, 1997, 1998 Eddie Jones – 2000 Baron Davis
Baron Davis
– 2002 Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace
– 2010 Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
– 2017, 2018

Retired numbers[edit]

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
retired numbers

No. Player Position Tenure Date

13 Bobby Phills G 1997–2000 February 9, 2000

The Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
retired Phills' number on February 9, 2000 after he was killed in an automobile accident in Charlotte. His jersey hung from the rafters of the Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte Coliseum
until the franchise relocated in May 2002. It was displayed in the New Orleans
New Orleans
Arena until the franchise became the Pelicans in 2013. On November 1, 2014, his jersey was returned to Charlotte, where it was re-honored and currently hangs in the Spectrum Center.[68][69][70]

Hall of Famers[edit]

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Hall of Famers


No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

00 Robert Parish C 1994–1996 2003

33 Alonzo Mourning C/F 1992–1995 2014


Name Position Tenure Inducted

Larry Brown 1 Head coach 2008–2010 2002


1 Coached the team when they were known as the Charlotte Bobcats.

FIBA Hall of Famers[edit]

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Hall of Famers


No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

12 Vlade Divac C 1996–1998 2010

and Cheerleaders[edit]

The original Hugo in New Orleans

Hugo The Hornet is the current mascot of the franchise, and was retained by the New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets after the Charlotte Hornets departure in 2002, until the New Orleans
New Orleans
franchise's rebranding as the Pelicans. Shortly after the news that the Bobcats would get the Hornets name back, at halftime of a December 21, 2013, game between the Bobcats and the Utah Jazz, Hugo was announced to return as the Charlotte Hornets' new mascot for the 2014–15 NBA season.[45] From 2004 to 2014, Rufus D. Lynx was the mascot of the Bobcats.[71][72] He first appeared on November 1, 2003, according to his official bio on the Bobcats' website. The name comes from the scientific name of the bobcat, which is Lynx rufus. During the 2012 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Jam Session, Rufus D. Lynx broke a world record along with Coyote, Grizz, Hooper, and Sly the Silver Fox for most "between the legs" basketball dunks.[73][74] Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report
ranked Rufus as the 8th best mascot in the NBA.[75] Rufus D. Lynx is featured in NBA Jam 2010.[76] Rufus D. Lynx was officially retired following the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season, and the Hornets made him a farewell video on May 2014.[77] The updated Hugo was unveiled on an around the city tour on June 5, 2014.[78] The Hornets have an official cheerleading squad known as the Charlotte Honey Bees. The Honey Bees perform sideline dances as well as center-court dances during games. They also represent the Hornets brand as ambassadors to the community and are involved in community service activities and charity functions. When the team was known as the Bobcats, the cheerleaders were called the Lady Cats. Media coverage[edit] Main article: List of Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
broadcasters From 1988 to 1992, the Hornets aired most road games, and occasional home games, on a network of stations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
fronted by WCCB
in Charlotte. WCCB's longtime owner, Cy Bahakel, was a minority partner in the Hornets' original ownership group. Starting with the 1990–91 season, several games also aired on the original SportSouth, forerunner of Fox Sports South, for customers in North and South Carolina. WJZY
became the Hornets' over-the-air flagship in 1992, and remained as such until 1998. From 1995 to 1998, some games aired on WJZY's sister station, WFVT-TV (now WMYT-TV). WAXN-TV
became the flagship for the 1998–99 season, and remained as such until the original team departed in 2002. Generally, most home games slated for telecast aired on SportSouth/Fox Sports South. When the team returned as the Bobcats in 2004, Johnson partnered with Time Warner to create Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television (C-SET), a regional sports network. It aired 60 Bobcats games that also aired on Comporium Cable in the South Carolina
South Carolina
portion of the Charlotte market. However, Time Warner placed C-SET on its digital package as an incentive to try to get customers to switch to its digital service, leaving analog customers in the dark. It also refused to allow DirecTV
or Dish Network
Dish Network
to pick up C-SET on their local feeds. As a result, Time Warner customers without digital cable, as well as western North Carolina
North Carolina
and most of South Carolina, were left to rely on radio coverage. C-SET folded on the day of the 2005 NBA draft, and most games then moved to News 14 Carolina, a cable news channel available on Time Warner Cable's systems in Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle. However, this still left viewers in most of South Carolina
South Carolina
(except for the South Carolina
South Carolina
side of the Charlotte area, which saw games on Comporium) as well as eastern and western North Carolina, out in the cold. News 14 was also not available on satellite. As part of the Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable
Arena deal, the Bobcats signed over broadcasting rights to Fox Sports South. Starting with the last five games of the 2007–08 season, about 70 games per season were shown on Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Carolinas
(Fox Sports South's new regional feed) and sister network Sportsouth (renamed Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports Southeast
in 2015) in North and South Carolina. The deal is believed to be the first simultaneous naming rights and broadcast rights deal in the history of North American professional sports.[63] Since the 2008–09 season, all Bobcats/Hornets games that aren't slated for national broadcast have aired on either Fox Sports Carolinas
Fox Sports Carolinas
or Sportsouth/Fox Sports Southeast. For the team's first four seasons after their return to the league, select games also aired on a network of over-the-air stations across North Carolina, South Carolina
South Carolina
and Virginia, fronted by WJZY
from 2004 to 2006 and WMYT from 2006 to 2008. The team's radio flagship is all-sports station WFNZ. Before 2010, games had aired on WOLS. WOLS
switched its non-sports programming from oldies to Spanish language on January 1, 2009, making Bobcats and Duke basketball the station's only non-Spanish language programming. WBT was the Hornets' radio flagship during the original franchise's entire run. References[edit]

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North Carolina
at Charlotte Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte School of Law Johnson C. Smith University Johnson & Wales University Queens University of Charlotte


Museums: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Billy Graham Library Carolinas Aviation Museum Discovery Place Harvey B. Gantt Center Levine Museum of the New South Mint Museum NASCAR
Hall of Fame

Performing Arts: North Carolina
North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center ImaginOn North Carolina
North Carolina
Music Factory PNC Music Pavilion Tremont Music Hall Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra

Parks: First Ward Park Freedom Park Independence Park Little Sugar Creek Greenway Reedy Creek Park Romare Bearden Park

Sports teams

Carolina Panthers–NFL Charlotte Hornets–NBA Charlotte Hounds–MLL Charlotte Checkers–AHL Charlotte Independence–United Soccer Leagues Charlotte Knights–IL Charlotte Rugby Club–RSL Charlotte 49ers–NCAA Division I Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University
Golden Bulls–NCAA Division II


Newspapers: The Charlotte Observer The Charlotte Post Creative Loafing Q-Notes Charlotte Weekly

Television: 3 WBTV
(CBS) 9 WSOC (ABC) 14 WHKY (Ind.) 18 WCCB
(Fox) 55 WMYT (MNT) 58 WUNG (PBS/UNC-TV) 64 WAXN (Ind.)


Atrium Health Center city Companies Convention Center


Charlotte Area Transit System

Lynx Blue Line CityLynx Gold Line

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Roads: I-77 I-85 I-277 I-485 US 21 US 29 US 74 US 521 NC 16 NC 49 NC 51 NC 115 Route 4

Rail: Carolinian