3. Larry Johnson
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.

Johnson was the first overall pick in the 1991 Draft and would later become the first Hornet to be voted to start in the All Star Game. Winning Rookie of the Year honors, Johnson would have his best season in his second year, where he would average 22.1 Points and 10.5 Rebounds and would make Second Team All-NBA, the first and only time he would secure a spot on a post season All-NBA team. Overall in his five years in Charlotte, Johnson would have a 19.6 Points and 9.2 Rebounds per Game Average and he remains one of the most popular players in franchise history.

So is it safe to say Wallace is the greatest “Bobcat” (now Hornet) and Johnson is the greatest “Original Hornet”?

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 1st Overall 6/26/91.
  • Departed: Traded to New York for Brad Lohaus and Anthony Mason 7/14/96.
  • Games Played: 377
  • Per Game Averages: 38.8 MP, .512 eFG%, .771 FT%, 19.6 PTS, 9.2 RB, 4.1 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.4 BLK.
  • Advanced Stats: 18.4 PER, .559 TS%, 18.2 VORP, 41.1 WS.
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All-NBA (1992-93), All Star (1993 & 1995), Rookie of the Year (1991-92), First Team All-Rookie (1991-92), Most Minutes Played (1992-93), Highest Minutes per Game (1992-93)

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