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Charlotte Hornets’ Draft History (2006-2015)

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Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Charlotte Hornets, formerly the Charlotte Bobcats, have made 19 selections without yielding an All-Star.

The following table details the Hornets’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 1 (33.3%)
6-10 5 0 0 3 (60%) 0
11-15 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
16-20 1 0 0 0 0
21-25 1 0 0 0 0
26-30 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
31-40 4 0 0 0 4 (100%)
41-50 2 0 0 0 0
51-60 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18 0 0 6 (33.3%) 5 (27.8%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Hornets have not been able to find All-Stars in the draft, although guard Kemba Walker could change that next season.  Charlotte has a relatively high rate of drafting starters, and fewer players who don’t last in the NBA.  Their big lottery miss was Adam Morrison, although injury was a significant factor in his quick decline.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: None

Starters: Gerald Henderson (2009-12), Bismack Biyombo (2011-7), Kemba Walker (2011-9), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012-2), Noah Vonleh (2014-9), P.J. Hairston (2014-26)

Rotation Players: Ryan Hollins (2006-50), Jared Dudley (2007-22), D.J. Augustin (2008-9), Alexis Ajinca (2008-20), Cody Zeller (2013-4), Dwight Powell (2014-45), Frank Kaminsky (2015-9)

Out in Five Years or Less: Adam Morrison (2006-3), Jermareo Davidson (2007-36), Kyle Weaver (2008-38), Derrick Brown (2009-40), Jeff Taylor (2012-31)