Charlotte Hornets draft history
The original Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) were established in 1988 as an expansion team, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team's roster was filled with unprotected players at the 1988 NBA Expansion Draft, and five days later the Hornets made their first picks out of college players at the 1988 NBA Draft. The Hornets remained in Charlotte for 14 seasons before relocating to New Orleans in 2002.
The first pick in the Hornets' history was Rex Chapman, a shooting guard from the University of Kentucky. The Hornets had three top-four picks and all of them have participated in the NBA All-Star Game: Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Baron Davis. In 1996, the Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant thirteenth overall, but traded him for Vlade Divac. Bryant is now an MVP, a four-time All-star game MVP, a two-time Finals MVP, a sixteen-time all-star, and a five-time NBA Champion.
Two years after the Hornets' departure, the Charlotte Bobcats were established in 2004 as the NBA's 30th team. The Bobcats first participated in the 2004 NBA Draft, two days after their expansion draft was held. The franchise's name was changed back to the Hornets at the conclusion of the 2013–14 season - one year after the team in Louisiana renamed itself the New Orleans Pelicans. The franchise's history and records while in Charlotte would also be returned to its original city.
In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to reduce 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.
The first player picked by the Bobcats, Emeka Okafor, was named the 2004–05 Rookie of the Year. Okafor was the only Bobcat voted to the All-Rookie First Team; six were listed to the Second Team: Raymond Felton (2005–06), Adam Morrison (2006–07), D. J. Augustin (2008–09), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012–13), and Cody Zeller (2013–14). In the 2008 NBA Draft, Alexis Ajinça became the first foreign-born player to be drafted by the Bobcats.
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- a On June 27, 1989, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Dyron Nix to the Indiana Pacers for Stuart Gray.
- b On July 18, 1988, the Hornets traded Bernard Thompson to the Houston Rockets for Robert Reid and a 1990 second-round pick (#39 overall).
- c On September 11, 1989, the Hornets traded Tim Kempton to the Denver Nuggets for a 1991 second-round pick (#28 overall).
- d On September 3, 1993, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Greg Graham along with Dana Barros, Sidney Green, and a 1994 first-round pick (#11 overall) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Hersey Hawkins.
- e On December 9, 1992, the Hornets traded J.R. Reid to the San Antonio Spurs for Sidney Green, a 1993 first-round pick (#20 overall), and a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall).
- f On July 11, 1996, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.
- g On November 3, 1995, the Hornets traded Alonzo Mourning along with LeRon Ellis and Pete Myers to the Miami Heat for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, and a 1996 first-round pick (#16 overall pick).
- h On July 12, 2006, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Andrew Betts to the Indiana Pacers for Peja Stojakovic and cash considerations.
- i On June 21, 2004, Charlotte traded their first and second-round picks to the Los Angeles Clippers for their first-round pick.
- j On June 23, 2004, Charlotte traded Zaza Pachulia to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the their second-round draft pick.
- k 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.
- l On July 27, 2005, Charlotte traded Jason Hart to the Sacramento Kings for their 2006 second-round draft pick.
- m 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.
- n On June 22, 2004, Charlotte traded Sasha Pavlović to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for their 2007 first-round draft pick.
- o 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.
- p 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.
- q 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.
- r On June 25, 2009, Charlotte traded the rights to Robert Vaden to the Oklahoma City Thunder for cash considerations.
- s 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.
- t 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.
- u 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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