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9. Emeka Okafor

The second overall draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats and the first ever pick for the Charlotte Bobcats gets a bad rap in many circles. Many articles have been written calling him a bust, but the fact remains that Okafor averaged a double-double every season of his run in Charlotte and was also the Rookie of the Year.

The Top 50 Charlotte Hornets of All-Time

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.



The Charlotte Hornets Top 50 has been revised

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!
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