5 Greatest New Orleans Pelicans to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
The 5 Greatest New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets To Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
Since moving to New Orleans in 2002, the New Orleans Pelicans have had more team names than playoff successes. After relocating to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina, the Pelicans-Hornets have not reached the Western Conference Finals in any of their 25 seasons. The best season in recent franchise history was 2007-08 where the team led by Tyson Chandler and Chris Paul, took the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to Game 7 in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
The Pelicans-Hornets have been a mixed blessing in New Orleans as the team is often overlooked by the fan base due to the New Orleans Saints and their success in football. The NBA had to buy the Pelicans-Hornets to avoid the team relocating and Saints owner Tom Benson bought the team. With a new identity with the Pelicans and some bright young pieces in Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, the team is looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11.
There have been many great players to play for this great franchise in New Orleans and in Charlotte such as Mugsy Bogues, Jamal Mashburn, Davis, Larry Johnson, Eddie Jones, Dell Curry and many others.
With the NBA All-Star Game coming to New Orleans tomorrow, what a perfect time to look back at the greatest players of the Hornets' past who have played in the All-Star game for the Hornets and Pelicans in New Orleans and previously in Charlotte. Here are the top five players to ever play in the All-Star game for the host city New Orleans Pelicans.
5. David West
Power forward David West was a two-time All-Star for the New Orleans Hornets from 2008-09. Although West signed a free-agent deal with the Indiana Pacers, West is one of the greatest Hornets of all-time.
4. Baron Davis
Point guard Baron Davis was a two-time All-Star for the New Orleans Hornets in 2002 and 2004. Davis was a two-time NBA steals leader. Although the Hornets got better when Davis left the team, without Davis, the team wouldn't have had the success under Chris Paul that they did.
3. Glen Rice
Skilled shooter Glen Rice was a three-time All-Star for the Charlotte Hornets after being traded from the Miami Heat. The former Michigan standout was the All-Star Game MVP in 1997 and was one of the greatest scorers in the 1990s behind the likes of Michael Jordan, Grant Hill and other superstars.
2. Alonzo Mourning
Before starring with the Miami Heat, Alonzo Mourning was the Hornets' first franchise player. With the Hornets, Mourning helped lead the franchise to their first playoff appearances and appeared in two All-Star games as a member of the Hornets. Mourning's defense and shot blocking also helped the Hornets' win their first playoff series against the Boston Celtics in 1993.
1. Chris Paul
The greatest player in franchise history, point guard Chris Paul was the best point guard in the league as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. Before his trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, the point guard was a four-time All-Star with New Orleans, was the Rookie of the Year in 2006 and a two-time assist leader.