The history of the New Orleans Pelicans is littered with great players who didn't stay with the team very long. In a 25-year existence that spanned three cities and two name changes, nearly all of the franchise's homegrown talent went on to a better career elsewhere.
In fact, the best player the franchise ever drafted somehow managed to spend less time in the team's uniform than rapper Master P. Kobe Bryant was the No. 13 overall selection of the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 but was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft day for center Vlade Divac.
The revolving door of talent was the calling card of notoriously cheap owner George Shinn. Fans were wise not to latch on to a particular player for too long because it was only a matter of time before he was going to be wearing someone else's colors.
Despite that depressing theme, a list of the 25 best players in the franchise's history has been compiled. There were a couple factors in play when making these rankings.
First, what was the player's standing with the team? Was he their best player? Did the fans like him?
Second, we took a look at the statistics. After all, basketball is a numbers game, and production matters.
Third, the impact the player had on the team was considered. Was the team successful during his reign? Was there a significant drop after he left? What will fans remember him for?
Another thing to keep in mind is that these rankings are based on how the players fared for the Hornets. Their efforts outside of the organization were ignored.
Taking all of that into consideration, here are the 25 best players in New Orleans Pelicans history.
(Note: All statistics courtesy of basketball-reference.com)