While we can’t say we never really understood the Grandmama gimmick, Larry Johnson made an immediate splash in Charlotte and gave the team a “buzz” around the league.
While Gerald Wallace never had the word “Hornet” on his chest, with the amalgamation of Bobcats/Hornets history in Charlotte, this is the man who we are christening the greatest Charlotte Hornet of all time.
While he may not top the list, standing at five foot three, Muggsy Bogues is definitely pound for pound the best Charlotte Hornet of all time. Bogues spent ten years in Charlotte where the pit sized Point Guard continued to defy logic and was a fan favorite not only in Charlotte but in the entire NBA.

4. Dell Curry

Dell Curry is the man who holds the record for being the all-time leading scored for the Charlotte Hornets. He also holds the all-time record for many other figures in Charlotte history, but his “low” rank stems from not being a superstar in National Basketball Association figures but from his slightly average stats over an extended duration as a pro in Charlotte.
We told you that this would be a task that we would eventually get to.

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com might know that we have told you in past updates that we will be looking at the top fifty players in each major North American Franchise.

For those unsure who exactly what the major North American Franchises are, it refers to the National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. 

Selected first are the Charlotte Hornets.  Why?  Honestly, there is no reason.  One of the 100 plus franchises has to go first, and the Hornets were chosen randomly.  Although the NBA season is in full flux now, this list will reflect only up to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Keep in mind that the Hornets absorbed the past history of the original franchise that relocated to the New Orleans and are known as the Pelicans.  This means that there are many players on this list who never had “Hornets” on their chest, but “Bobcats”.  For all intents and purposes, they are all Hornets now.

The list is based on traditional metrics, advanced metrics, length of service, popularity, and post season performance.

The complete list can be found here, but for those who are curious immediately as to who the top five are, we’ll grant that immediately:

1. Gerald Wallace.

2. Larry Johnson.

3. Muggsy Bogues.

4. Dell Curry.

5. Emaka Okafor.

We look forward to your comments on this list and it will be updated annually.

Up next will be the Baltimore Ravens.  Look for that in the upcoming weeks.

Our process continues!

Regular visitors know that we are slowly working away on our Top 50 players for each major franchise.  Those same visitors know that they are being added VERY slowly and that we have a long way to go still.

Having said that, we have updated the first NBA Top 50 list, which is that of the Charlotte Hornets. 

In the future, changes to top 50 NBA teams will be more subtle, as we now have an algorithm that is fixed, and adds more elements of advanced statistics.  All changes after this will be only reflect what has changed over a completed season.  Basically, what we are saying is that the Hornets overhaul reflects our new system and now the 2015-16 season accomplishments.

We have switched around the entire list, but for the sake of brevity, let’s look at the new top five:

Larry Johnson takes over the #1 from Gerald Wallace who traded places to come in at #2.  Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry remain at #3 and #4 respectively.  Glen Rice moves into #5, up one spot, taking over for Emeka Okafor who dropped significantly to #9.  Notably, Kemba Walker moved up from #12 to #6.

The entire list can be found here.

Look for more Top 50 lists and revisions from us soon!

21. Glen Rice

Glen Rice just maybe the most effective outside shooter of the 90's. Reggie Miller got all the hype but Rice was actually a better scorer and was a 6 foot 7 shooting guard who was almost impossible to defend.  He was the star and leading reason the Michigan Wolverines that won the 1989 title and he set a record for scoring of 184 points in the tournament that still stands today.  Drafted number 4 overall by the Heat following the 89 season, Rice became the expansion team’s first bonafide star. 

28. Vlade Divac

Vlade Divac was one of the great International big men ever.  He was a vital member of the great Yugoslavian teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Divac had guard like skills in the post and was probably the most well known European transfer to the NBA when the flood gates opened.  13,000 points and almost 10,000 rebounds in the NBA do not hurt either.  He would almost a shoe in to be elected someday as the Hall definitely puts a high standard on International contributors.  If Arvidas Sabonas can get in with all of his injuries then Divac should have no problem getting elected but we suspect they will make him wait awhile.

45. Larry Johnson

Here is another player more known for his college accomplishments than his pro years. Larry Johnson was the leader of the Runnin Rebels that dominated the first few years of the 90’s. An NCAA title in 1990 was followed by an undefeated year that was trumped by a huge upset by Duke in the Final Four.  Johnson was arguably the greatest junior college player ever and when Jerry Tarkanian recruited him to UNLV he became the centerpiece of the great Rebel teams.  With his ability to post up and rebound down low combined with the ability to get up the court and finish and a good mid range game, Johnson was a man amongst boys. His pro career was very solid mainly with the Hornets and Knicks but not spectacular except for one fall away miracle that will be on highlight films forever.  His career stats in the NBA do not match up favorably but his college career should give him a chance.

50. Eddie Jones

A popular player and a stealing machine, Eddie Jones was a very good Shooting Guard who strung together solid seasons in the late 90’s for the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets. Jones was just adept at steals, but was also a dangerous threat from behind the arc. He would three times be named to the Second Team Defensive squad along with three All Star Games. We are sure many who were fans of Eddie Jones are chanting “Eddie” in their mind right now.

55. Hersey Hawkins

Once again, we have another player who had a solid pro career that is overshadowed by a spectacular college career.  Hersey Hawkins is only one of six players to score more than 6,000 career points in Division One.  Hawkins and Chet Walker are easily the two best players ever to come from Bradley University; and the Braves are one of the best programs ever that nobody remembers.  This might be hurting him. He may be sadly best remembered for an injury that kept him out of most of the 1988 Olympic Games and some say cost the team a gold due to their lack of perimeter shooting.  This of course led to the Dream Team being created so he has got that going for him.