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The New Orleans Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball
Association (NBA). The franchise was founded in the 1988–89 NBA season as the Charlotte
Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina,
where they were located until the end of the 2001–02 NBA season. In the summer of
2002, the Hornets were relocated to New Orleans after NBA's
relocation committee approved the move. During
the 2005–07 period, the Hornets played 71 games in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma due to the damage
caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The Hornets first participated in the NBA Draft on June 28, 1988, about five months
before their inaugural NBA season. The 1988 NBA Draft became the last draft
where teams selected players in three rounds. In 1989, the NBA
agreed with the National Basketball
Players Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an
arrangement that has remained the same up to the present time.
Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the
first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the
Teams can also trade their picks, which means that teams may have
more or less than two picks in some drafts, although they must have
at least one first-round pick every other year.
The first pick in the Hornets' history was Rex Chapman, a shooting guard
from the University of
Kentucky. The Hornets have had four top-four picks and all of
them have participated in the NBA All-Star Game; they were Larry Johnson, Alonzo
Davis, and Chris
Paul. In 1996, the Hornets
drafted Kobe Bryant
thirteenth overall, but traded him for Vlade Divac. Bryant is now an MVP, a ten-time
all-star, and a four-time NBA Champion.
On June 27, 1989, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Dyron Nix to the Indiana Pacers
for Stuart Gray.
On July 18, 1988, the Hornets traded Bernard Thompson to the Houston Rockets
for Robert Reid and a 1990
second-round pick (#39 overall).
On September 11, 1989, the Hornets traded Tim Kempton to the Denver Nuggets
for a 1991 second-round pick (#28 overall).
On September 3, 1993, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Greg
Graham along with Dana
Barros, Sidney Green, and a 1994
first-round pick (#11 overall) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Hersey
On December 9, 1992, the Hornets traded J.R. Reid to the San Antonio
Spurs for Sidney Green, a 1993 first-round pick (#20 overall),
and a 1996 second-round pick (#55 overall).
On July 11, 1996, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Kobe
Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.
On November 3, 1995, the Hornets traded Alonzo Mourning along with
LeRon Ellis and Pete Myers to the Miami Heat for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, and
a 1996 first-round pick (#16 overall pick).
On July 12, 2006, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Andrew
Betts to the Indiana Pacers for Peja Stojakovic and
On October 26, 2005, the Hornets traded Jamaal Magloire to the Milwaukee Bucks
Mason, a 2006 first-round pick (#15 overall pick), and cash
On June 27, 2008, the Hornets traded the draft rights to Darrell
Arthur to Portland Trail Blazers for cash