Best Hornets/Bobcats By Jersey Number

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By Sports Radio WFNZ

Who are the best Hornets and Bobcats players to wear each jersey number in Charlotte history?

There are a handful of numbers 1-55 that haven't been worn and 88 being the only number worn higher than 55. 

Let's take a look:

00: Robert Parish 

Three players have worn the double zeroes in Charlotte history and Parish is easily the most accomplished. 

The former Celtics 4x NBA champion and 9x all-star spent the 1994-96 seasons in Charlotte and only averaged under five points per game in two seasons before he retired in 1997. 

Honorable mention: Spencer Hawes 
0: Miles Bridges

Bridges has only played with the Hornets for a season-and-a-half but his high-flying dunks and high potential already make him the best player to wear number zero. 

Honorable mention: Bismack Biyombo
1: Muggsy Bogues

A lot of good players have worn number one in Charlotte's history but Bogues' impact gives him the nod.

As the shortest player in NBA history, Bogues was a part of some of the most successful Hornets teams and is a Charlotte icon.

Honorable mentions: Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis

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2: Larry Johnson

This one is easy with Johnson being a top-three player in Charlotte history. 

Johnson played with the Hornets from 1992-96 and was a two-time all-star and was named first-team All-NBA in 1993. 

Johnson was the team's first star and helped them make the playoffs for the first time.

Honorable mention: Marvin Williams 
3: Gerald Wallace

"Crash" is the greatest Bobcat ever. 

Wallace was the Bobcats first-ever all-star and was named to the all-defensive team in 2010. 

Honorable mentions: Rex Chapman, Jeremy Lamb, Terry Rozier 

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4: David Wesley

Wesley spent 1997-2002 with the Hornets before they moved to New Orleans and averaged double-digit points in each season. 

His 17.2 points per game in the 2000-01 season was his best year.

Honorable mention: Devonte' Graham
5: Elden Campbell

Campbell arrived in Charlotte as a part of the Glen Rice trade in 1999 and had 3.5 solid seasons with the team before they moved to New Orleans.

He averaged 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in Charlotte and was a part of three playoff appearances for the Hornets.

Honorable mention: Nic Batum
6: Eddie Jones 

Jones was a focal part of the trade for Glen Rice in 1999 and he made his mark in Charlotte despite only playing there for two seasons.

He was named an all-star starter in 1999-00 after averaging 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.

The 2.7 steals led the league that year.

Honorable mention: Tyson Chandler
7: Kelly Tripucka

Tripucka was the first player to ever wear the Hornets uniform and his 22.6 points per game in 1988-89 was one of the best seasons by any player in Charlotte history. 

Honorable mention: Jeremy Lin, Mo Williams 

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8: Bismack Biyombo 

Biyombo has had two stints with the Hornets and the number eight has been his jersey choice after returning in 2018.

He wore number 0 in his first stint with the team. 

Biyombo is a solid rebounder and defender and has been a reliable backup center with the occasional start for Charlotte.

Honorable mention: Eddie Johnson 
9: Gerald Henderson

Henderson was the 2009 12th overall pick and put up solid numbers during his six seasons with the team. 

He averaged at least 15 points per game from 2011-13 and was a starter during the Bobcats 2013-14 playoff appearance.

Honorable mention: Tony Parker 
10: Keith Bogans

Bogans was a defensive stopper and averaged 9.6 points per game, the highest of his career, during his one season with Charlotte in 2004-05.

Honorable mention: B.J. Armstrong 
11: Josh McRoberts

McRoberts only spent a season-and-a-half with the Bobcats but his 2013-14 campaign consisted of 78 starts averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as Charlotte made the playoffs. 

Honorable mention: David Wingate
12: Dwight Howard

Howard was one of the best centers in the 2010s and his year-long stint from 2017-18 in Charlotte was still one of the more dominant seasons by a Hornets center.

Howard reportedly caused some locker room issues but he started all 81 games he played and averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Honorable mention: Vlade Divac 

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13: Kendall Gill

This one is interesting because No. 13 is the only jersey retired by the Hornets but it was retired for the late Bobby Phills who died in a tragic car wreck in 2000.

However, Gill was the more talented player during his 1990-93 stint with the team. 

His best season with Charlotte was when he averaged 20.5 points per game in the 1991-92 campaign.

Honorable mention: Bobby Phills 
14: Anthony Mason

The late Anthony Mason was one of the toughest players in NBA history and his three seasons with the Hornets from 1996-00 were no different.

Anthony averaged 13.5 points and 10 rebounds per game with Charlotte.

Mason was named third-team all-defense in 1997.

Honorable mention: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, D.J. Augustin 
15: Kemba Walker

No question here. Arguably the greatest Hornet of all-time, the franchise all-time leading scorer and is one of two players in team history to be named All-NBA. 

He was a three-time All-Star in Charlotte and, unfortunately, the teams around him couldn't have more success.

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17: Bryce Drew

Drew is the only player to wear this number for the Hornets in 2002. 

He played 61 games that year. 

18: Miles Plumlee

Plumlee brings recent bad memories for Hornets fans as one of the worst trades in team history.

He is the only player to wear 18 and only played in 13 games after arriving in Charlotte in February 2017. 

He was eventually traded for Dwight Howard. 

19: Raja Bell

Bell was traded to Charlotte in 2008 and immediately became a contributor for the Bobcats.

He averaged 13 points and 4.0 rebounds in 45 games and 44 starts with Charlotte. 

20: Raymond Felton

Felton didn't live up to the high expectations of Chris Paul and Deron Williams who were drafted before him but he is the best player to wear 20 for Charlotte. 

Felton was a solid starter for the Bobcats from 2005-10 and was the point guard during the team's first playoff appearance as an expansion franchise. 

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21: Marco Belinelli

Eleven players have worn number 21 for Charlotte but even though he spent just one year with the Hornets, Belinelli was a key bench player during the 2016-17 season, giving him the nod here. 

He averaged 10.5 points in 24 minutes per game. 

Honorable mention: Jamaal Magloire 
22: Johnny Newman

Newman played for the Hornets from 1990-93 and averaged a career-best 16.9 points per game his first year with the team.

Newman was the team's starting small forward for 181 of the 218 games he played and was a key contributor for the 1992-93 playoff team. 

Honorable mention: Brevin Knight
23: Jason Richardson

The electrifying dunks that Richardson threw down were some of his most memorable moments but in two years with the Bobcats he averaged 20.2 points in 96 games. That included a career-high 38.4 minutes per game.

24: Jamal Mashburn 

Mashburn averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his first season with the Hornets in 2000-01.

In the playoffs that year, he averaged 24.9 points per game and helped Charlotte make the semifinals. 

Unfortunately, he became an all-star when the team had already moved to New Orleans. 

Honorable mention: Scott Burrell 
25: Al Jefferson

Big Al helped change the Bobcats/Hornets franchise in the mid-2010s and is the greatest free-agent acquisition in team history. 

Jefferson had an All-NBA season in 2014 and helped Charlotte make the playoffs twice in three seasons. 

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27: Dwayne Jones

Jones is the only player to wear 27. He played six games in the 2008-09 season. 

28: LeRon Ellis

Ellis is the only player to wear 28. He played 50 games in the 1993-94 season. 

30: Dell Curry

Who else? Curry is one of the most recognizable faces in Hornets history and can now be seen on the sidelines for Fox Sports before and after every game. 

Curry played with the original Hornets from 1988-98 and was named Sixth Man Of The Year in 1994. 

He was the team's all-time leading scorer before Walker passed him in 2018. 

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31: Kurt Rambis

Rambis is known for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers but in the season-and-a-half he spent with the Hornets from 1988-89, he averaged a career-best 11.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

32: Boris Diaw

Diaw's time with Charlotte didn't end on great terms but he was a key contributor for the Bobcats 2010-11 playoff team. 

In three seasons with Charlotte, Diaw averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 260  games. 

Honorable mention: Hersey Hawkins. 
33: Alonzo Mourning

The 7x NBA all-star and 1992 No. 2 overall pick spent 1992-95 with the Hornets and is right behind Walker when it comes to the team's best players ever. 

Mourning has the greatest shot in team history when he hit a buzzer-beater to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the 1993 first-round playoffs to advance and he averaged 21.3 points per game during his Charlotte tenure. 

It's unfortunate his time with the Hornets wasn't longer.

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34: J.R. Reid

Drafted fifth overall in 1989 by the Hornets, Reid played in Charlotte from 1989-92 and averaged at least 11 points per game his first three years in the league. 

35: Adam Morrison

Yikes. Morrison is known for being one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history and sadly, he is the best player to wear 35 for Charlotte.

Morrison averaged a respectable 11.8 points per game as a rookie but shot just 37 percent from the field. He then tore his ACL and went on to be the Bobcats biggest draft bust ever.

He did win two rings with the Lakers later on. 

Honorable mention: Malik Allen 
39: Tom Tolbert

Tolbert is the only Hornet to wear this number. It was during his second stint with the team in 1994. 

40: Cody Zeller

Zeller is the longest-tenured player on the current Hornets team and has been a solid center for Charlotte since being drafted fourth-overall in 2013. 

Honorable mention: Brad Miller 
41: Glen Rice

Rice was brought to Charlotte in the Mourning trade and went on to be one of the Hornets greatest players ever.

Rice's best season came in 1996-96 when he averaged 26.8 points per game and he was a 3x all-star with Charlotte, including being named the all-star game MVP in 1997. 

He was also a two-time All-NBA honoree. 

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42: PJ Brown

From 2000-02, Brown was one of the league's top defensive players, being named second-team All-Defense in 2001 and averaged 9.3 and 9.8 rebounds per game in his two seasons with the Hornets. 

Honorable mention: Mike Gminski 
43: Anthony Tolliver

There hasn't been a good batch of players to wear number 43, so Tolliver gets the honor thanks to a respectable 64 games with the Bobcats in 2013-14. 

44: Derrick Coleman

Coleman played with the Hornets from 1999-01, which was past his prime, but still averaged 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in Charlotte. 

Honorable mention: Frank Kaminsky 
45: Armen Gilliam 

Gilliam played just 85 games with the Hornets from 1989-91 but averaged a career-best 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in 1990. 

50: Emeka Okafor
The first-ever Bobcats draft pick didn't live up to expectations but won Rookie of the Year in 2004 and averaged a double-double in four seasons with the team.

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52: Matt Geiger

The list for 52 is small, so Geiger gets the nod.

The former center averaged 10.5 points per game in 204 games with the Hornets. 

Honorable mention: Chucky Brown 
54: Lee Nailon

In 2001-02, Nailon averaged 10.8 points in 24.2 minutes per game and participated in the NBA Rising Stars game. 

Honorable mention: Jason Maxiell
55: David Wingate

Wingate was a reliable reserve for the Hornets from 1992-95 and was a part of Charlotte's 1993 and 95' playoff teams.

Honorable mention: Chris Douglas-Roberts 
88: Eric Williams 

Williams is the only player to wear 88 and only played five games for the Bobcats in 2007.