The New Orleans Hornets might not have the rich history of amazing dunkers that other franchises have, but they've had some gems over the years. From Alonzo Mourning to Eric Gordon, the Hornets' history is sprinkled with highlights of some outstanding jams from some great athletes.
Today, we'll take a look at the five greatest dunkers to ever put on a Hornets uniform. Granted, this quintet would put on many YouTube-worthy moments with different teams after leaving the Hornets. Still, all five managed to give Hornets fans something to cheer about during their time in Charlotte, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
Several notable dunkers barely missed the cut. Morris Peterson developed a reputation for being a high-flyer while at Michigan State. When he came to the Hornets in 2007 after a long tenure in Toronto, he made sure he gave the crowd their money's worth.
Chris Andersen played a few seasons with the Hornets from 2004-2008 but many would get better acquainted with "The Birdman" as a member of the Denver Nuggets. Andersen participated in a couple Slam Dunk contests while with Denver, but occasionally flashed his athleticism while with the Hornets.
The best dunker to ever be associated with the Hornets never played a game for the franchise. In 1996, the Hornets took a chance and used the 13th overall pick on a kid out of Lower Merion High School named Kobe Bryant. The kid who would later become "The Black Mamba" wouldn't last more than a couple hours as a member of the Hornets before being dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers. The rest is history.
These five gentlemen may not have the lengthy resume of a Kobe Bryant but they are noteworthy in their own right. All five have at least one Slam Dunk contest under their belt. Here are the five best dunkers in the history of the New Orleans Hornets franchise.