The Charlotte Hornets have had only one All-Star since they were added to the NBA in 2004. Way back in 2010, Gerald Wallace became the first and only Charlotte player to ever be invited to the All-Star Game. Last year was the last of the Charlotte franchise being referred to as the Bobcats, and even after a strong season, the team had no All-Stars.
Next year that should change. Becoming an Eastern Conference All-Star has become way easier in recent years. From Dwight Howard going out West to Derrick Rose getting injured to the Boston Celtics‘ Big 3 getting old and all moving on, the East is looking for new regular All-Stars. Last year John Wall and DeMar DeRozan joined the lineup and will likely be around for a few years, but there is room for more new All-Stars as well.
For the Hornets there are two guys who have a pretty good chance at making the All-Star team in Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Both of them had All-Star-like seasons last year, and one could argue that both were snubbed.
Between the two, Jefferson should have the easier time making the team. He was easily the best offensive big man in the NBA last year after having a magnificent 20 points and 10 rebounds season. Jefferson was also the offensive centerpiece for the Hornets.
The big men who made the team last year over Jefferson were Chris Bosh, Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Paul Millsap. It’s unlikely that Bosh and Noah don’t make the squad next year, but Hibbert and Millsap could be on their way out. Al Horford and Andre Drummond pose threats as All-Stars, but that’s about it in the East. If Jefferson continues where he left off last season, he should have no problem making the team.
The road for Walker as an All-Star will be a little bit more difficult than Jefferson’s. Out of the All-Star guards from last season only Joe Johnson seems on his way out. Also, if Kyle Lowry returns to the conference, then he’ll have a great chance of making the team as well. Rajon Rondo also poses a threat, and there’s a chance Derrick Rose returns at full health.
It won’t be impossible, but if Walker and the Hornets have a great first half of the season, he could definitely make the All-Star team. Between Jefferson, Walker and weakness of the Eastern Conference, there should be a Charlotte Hornet in the All-Star Game next year.