In the 2004 NBA Draft, Emeka Okafor
became the Bobcats' first ever draft pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, becoming the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 30th team, only two seasons after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. The Bobcats first participated in the 2004 NBA Draft, two days after their expansion draft was held.
In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time. Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.
Although none of the players that the Bobcats have drafted have been voted All-Stars, Emeka Okafor was named the 2004–05 Rookie of the Year and voted to the All-Rookie First Team. Additionally, Raymond Felton and Adam Morrison were named to the 2005–06 and 2006–07 All-Rookie Second Team, respectively. In the 2008 NBA Draft, Alexis Ajinça became the first foreign-born player to be drafted by the Bobcats, and D. J. Augustin was selected to the 2008–09 All-Rookie Second Team.
- a On June 21, 2004, Charlotte traded their first and second-round picks to the Los Angeles Clippers for their first-round pick.
- b On June 23, 2004, Charlotte traded Zaza Pachulia to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the their second-round draft pick.
- c On June 22, 2004, Charlotte acquired a future first-round pick and cash considerations from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for selecting Jahidi White in the expansion draft.
- d On July 27, 2005, Charlotte traded Jason Hart to the Sacramento Kings for their 2006 second-round draft pick.
- e On June 28, 2007, Charlotte traded the rights to Brandan Wright to the Golden State Warriors for the rights to Jermareo Davidson and guard Jason Richardson.
- f On June 22, 2004, Charlotte traded Sasha Pavlović to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for their 2007 first-round draft pick.
- g On June 25, 2008, Charlotte acquired an additional 2008 first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a future protected first-round pick.
- h On August 11, 2008, Charlotte acquired the New Jersey Nets' 2009 second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the draft rights to Kyle Weaver.
- i On February 13, 2007, Charlotte acquired a 2009 second-round draft pick, Eric Williams and cash considerations from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Melvin Ely.
- j On June 25, 2009, Charlotte traded the rights to Robert Vaden to the Oklahoma City Thunder for cash considerations.
- k On February 23, 2011, the Charlotte Bobcats acquired Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, New Orleans' 2011 first-round draft pick, Portland's 2013 conditional first-round draft pick and cash considerations from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Gerald Wallace. Previously, on October 23, 2010, the Blazers acquired a 2011 first-round draft pick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Jerryd Bayless.
- l On June 23, 2011, Charlotte traded the rights to Tobias Harris along with Stephen Jackson to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team trade which resulted in the acquisition of Corey Maggette and the rights to Bismack Biyombo.
- m On June 23, 2011, The Charlotte traded the rights to Jeremy Tyler to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for cash considerations.
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