The New Orleans Hornets haven't been impervious to the draft-day pitfalls that have plagued every team. While the franchise doesn't have any Greg Oden-esque massive busts on their record, they have had a few misses during their 25-year history.
The Hornets' overall success rate with their draft picks is surprisingly high for a team with limited postseason success. It all started in 1988, when the then-Charlotte Hornets used the No. 8 pick on Kentucky swingman Rex Chapman. Chapman was a serviceable guard for a few years before moving on to a more prolific career elsewhere.
After Chapman, the team had some big hits with guys like Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Baron Davis and Chris Paul. All were franchise cornerstones for the Hornets at one point, and all eventually left for greener pastures while still in the midst of their prime.
Those guys represent the highlights of the Hornets' draft history. Today, we take a look at some of the low-lights by listing the five worst Hornets draft picks of all time.
There were a few stipulations to this list. First, while the title reads "worst New Orleans Hornets draft picks of all time," this group isn't exclusive to picks during the team's stint in the Big Easy. In fact, a majority of the five were selected while the team was in Charlotte.
Second, the player had to actually play some games for the team. For example, Cole Aldrich was drafted by the Hornets with the No. 11 pick in 2010. He was then shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he was unproductive before being sent to Houston in the James Harden trade. For that reason, he didn't make the cut for this flawed five.
Third, the picks had to be made in the first round. Second-round picks that emerge into viable pro basketball players are few and far between. Thus, a player with limited expectations can't be faulted for not developing into superstars.
Finally, the major criterion for making this list is a combination of lack of production and whom the team could have drafted instead. An example of the latter would be Charlotte drafting J.R. Reid (who didn't make the list) with the No. 5 pick of the 1989 NBA Draft instead of someone like Tim Hardaway or Shawn Kemp.
This year's rookies were also left off, as it is too early to put them among the worst draft picks ever. There might not be a bunch of names that jump out at you, but here are the five worst Hornets draft picks of all time.