10 Notable Hornets/Bobcats You Forgot About


When thinking about the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats, names like Kemba Walker, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry and Gerald Wallace are some of the first to come to mind.

There have also been a lot of notable players that came and went through Charlotte.

Most recently, former all-star Dwight Howard was a big name that's tenure in the Queen City didn't last too long.

But who are some of the most notable/recognizable names that played in Charlotte but the average fan might not remember because of how short their tenure was?

Here is a look at 10 of the most notable that you may have forgotten passed through Charlotte, in alphabetical order: 

Kenny Anderson

The 1991 No. 2 overall pick had a solid 15-year career including an all-star appearance in 1994.

Known for his time with the New Jersey Nets in the '90s, Anderson was traded to Charlotte in 1997 in a package for Kendall Gill. 

Anderson played in 38 games for the Hornets averaging 15.2 points per game but would sign with Portland following the season, making his time in the Queen City a short one. 

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Marco Belinelli

Belinelli has bounced around the league a lot during his 13-year career and that includes a one-year stint with the Hornets in 2016-17.

Charlotte acquired Belinelli from the Sacramento Kings in a trade prior to that season, and he played in 74 games, becoming a key sixth-man for a Hornets team made the playoffs. 

Belinelli won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 and is now back in San Antonio after stints with Atlanta and Philadelphia following his time in Charlotte. 

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Tony Bennett

Bennett is on this list not as much for his playing ability but more for the name recognition he now has as the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team. 

Bennett's NBA career lasted three years in Charlotte.

He averaged a mere 3.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 152 games played with the Hornets.

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 Tyson Chandler

Chandler was traded to Charlotte in 2009 for Emeka Okafor but wasn't able to stay healthy during his one year with the Bobcats. 

Chandler played in 51 games, starting 27, and was a part of the Bobcats first-ever playoff appearance. 

Instead of letting him play out the final year of his contract, Charlotte traded Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks for Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera and cash considerations.

Chandler went on to become a key factor in the Mavericks 2011 championship run.

Chandler then signed with the New York Knicks where he became an all-star in 2013 and was named Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA Third-Team in 2012. 

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Jared Dudley 

Dudley isn't the most talented player in the league but has been around for 13 years thanks to his hustle and high praise from teammates as being a key glue guy. 

Before he became known for bouncing from team to team, Dudley was drafted by the Bobcats in the first round of the 2007 draft. 

Dudley averaged just under six points per game in a season-and-a-half with Charlotte before getting traded to Phoenix in 2008 as a part of the Raja Bell and Boris Diaw trade. 

Dudley now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

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Juwan Howard 

The current Michigan head basketball coach is best known for being a part of the Michigan "Fab Five" in the 90s but he put together a long solid career in the NBA.

After spending the first seven seasons of his career in Washington where was named a 1996 all-star, Howard became a journeyman and signed with the Bobcats during the 2008-09 season. 

Howard played 42 games in Charlotte, starting two, averaging 4.1 points per game. 

Howard went on to win two championships with the Miami Heat in the final years of his career. 

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Courtney Lee

Lee is one of the most recent names that a casual fan may not remember but he made a big impact in a mere 28 games with the Hornets.

Lee, a career journeyman but solid role player was traded to Charlotte at the 2016 trade deadline and he would average 8.9 points as the team's starting shooting guard for the rest of the season.

The Hornets made the playoffs and took the Miami Heat to seven games with Lee playing 36.7 minutes per game during the series. 

Lee signed with the New York Knicks following the season and is currently with the Dallas Mavericks at age 34.

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Brad Miller

Miller is one of the most forgotten all-stars in league history and actually began his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets. 

Known for his time with the Sacramento Kings, Miller signed with the Hornets in 1998 as an undrafted free agent. 

He had some big games, scoring 25 points on 9-9 shooting in March of 1999.

Miller averaged 7.5 points in 93 games with the team. 

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Robert Parish

Parish, a nine-time all-star is one of the most decorated NBA players of all-time, winning four championships with the Boston Celtics and playing in the most games in NBA history. 

What most people don't remember is that Parish spent two of his final three years in the league with the Charlotte Hornets.

Parish was way past his prime at the age of 41 but signed with the Hornets in 1994 and played in the Queen City until 1996. 

Parish was the backup to Alonzo Mourning for those two seasons. 

He would win another championship a year later in his final season with the Chicago Bulls.  

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Mo Williams

Williams is most remembered for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers as LeBron James' point guard, but he spent 27 games in Charlotte during the 2014-15 season. 

Acquired by the Hornets at the 2015 trade deadline, Williams immediately had to step into the starting point guard role when Kemba Walker went down with an injury.

Williams started 14 games and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in March after leading Charlotte to a 4-0 record while averaging 19.5 points and 10.8 assists in 35.5 minutes played. 

He departed Charlotte following the season and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he would go on to win his first championship before retiring. 

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