Top-5 Charlotte Bobcats Players of All Time
Top 5 Charlotte Bobcats Players of All Time
Though the Charlotte Bobcats have only been in the league for 10 years now, they have still had some notable players. These five players worked their hardest game in and game out when they played in a Charlotte uniform. All five players have made significant contributions to the team at their respected times and can be looked at as some of the best years of their given careers when in Charlotte.
Ever since the team was founded in 2004, we have seen a share of bad players in Charlotte, average players and, at times, we see a few great players like the five men we will talk about today. When people look at the Bobcats, they really don't think about anyone too special. Now that is understandable and I am judging people think that because the team itself has not been around for all that long. The Charlotte Hornets (came before the Bobcats, were switched after the 2002 season and returning to Charlotte in 2014) and did have some notable players like Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bouges (the smallest NBA player all time standing at 5-foot-3, but man was this guy great) and possibly the best guy to put on the Charlotte uniform Larry Johnson. But when thinking about the team we see in Charlotte today, do any of these players remind you of legends like that?
No, these guys may not be legends, but they sure were great when in Charlotte. It doesn't take a Hall of Famer or an MVP to be one of the best players all time for a team. To be honest, none of these guys on this list will ever be Hall of Famers or MVPs, and many people can say that the reason for that is because the Bobcats really haven't been all that great in their 10-year existence. Each one of these players should still be respected because of their hustle, loyalty and great effort for the city of Charlotte. So sit back, relax and enjoy the top-five Charlotte Bobcats of all time. And maybe one of the guys you see on the court today you can see on this list in the near future. Is Kemba Walker next on the list?
Number 5: Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw played for the Bobcats from 2008-12 and honestly, I feel he isn't given the respect he deserves for his time in Charlotte. When you think of the Bobcats best players of all time, do you even think of Diaw? Well, if you take a look back at his time with the Cats, you can see how he was one of the key reasons that the team had a couple of successful years in his four seasons as a Bobcat. He played 257 games in Charlotte before being waived on March 21, 2012. He scored 1,943 points, grabbed 824 rebounds and dished 644 assists in his time with a team. Definitely should have been given more respect.
Number 4: Jason Richardson
Jason Richardson only played for two seasons in Charlotte, but if this guy stayed longer, he could have easily been the best Bobcats player of all time. Playing only 96 games in Charlotte, Richardson was a force. Throughout those 96 games he had averages of 20.2 points a game, 4.75 rebounds and 2.85 assists. Richardson's great run with Charlotte that could have led to even greater success for this team and himself ended on Dec. 10, 2008, when he, Jared Dudley and a second-round pick were traded to the Phoenix suns for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary.
Number 3: Raymond Felton
Some of the best years of Raymond Felton's career were spent in a Bobcats uniform and I think that is something NBA fans forget when they look at him today and his success with the New York Knicks. He played for the Cats from 2005-10 and was drafted into the league by Charlotte with the fifth pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2006. In 399 total games as a Bobcat, Felton scored 5,311 point, grabbed 1,366 rebounds and passed for 2,573 assists. He was an absolute force in Charlotte and now when you look at him in New York, just think for a second of how good he was for the Bobcats.
Number 2: Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor sits perfectly in the second spot. The best years of his career were in Charlotte and ever since he was traded to New Orleans in 2009 for Tyson Chandler, it seems he has never been the same. Okafor spent five seasons as a Bobcat and in that time he scored 4,630 points and had 3,516 rebounds. After being drafted by the Cats with the second pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, Okafor was name the 2005 NBA Rookie of the Year and made the 2005 NBA All-Rookie First Team. He is the only player to win a major award in Bobcats history (Rookie of the Year).
Number 1: Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace is easily the best pick for the No. 1 player in Bobcats history and is the main reason why the team clinched its only NBA playoff birth in the 2010 season. His numbers were nothing less than exceptional in Charlotte. He scored 7,437 (most points in Bobcats history), had 3,573 rebounds and also had 1,157 assists in seven seasons with the Bobcats. Wallace is the only player in Bobcats history to be on the roster of an NBA All-Star team (2010 All-Star) and was a member of the NBA All-Defensive first team in 2010. He seems to have faded away ever since he was a Bobcat. Gerald Wallace is the best player to ever put on the Charlotte Bobcats uniform.