Charlotte Hornets' 10 Greatest Players During Bobcats Era

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Charlotte Hornets' 10 Greatest Players During Bobcats Era
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The stereotypical image of the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats franchise is one that the team can't emerge from the depths of the Eastern Conference. While that is true for the most part, the franchise has made two playoff appearances in the last five years—once in 2010 and once this year.

In between the inaugural 18-win season and this year's seventh-seeded squad, Charlotte has produced some quality players, including Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw (the three pictured above).

While they're no Kobe, Kareem or Magic, these players serviceably represented a franchise that has only existed for 10 years.

While Tuesday's name change brought the Charlotte Hornets' stats and records from 1988 to 2002 back to Charlotte, this is a look back at the players to don a Charlotte Bobcats uniform from 2004 to 2014. Read on to find out where the aforementioned three, and others, rank in the Charlotte "Whatever You Want to Call It" 10 greatest players in franchise history.

 

Note: Ranking criteria include each player's top-10 franchise ranking in 12 different categories (per Basketball-Reference.com), a general summary of the kind of player they were for the Bobcats and whether they contributed to either playoff team. Players had to play a minimum of two seasons with Charlotte.

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