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Creating the New Orleans Pelicans’ All-Time Starting Lineup

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Assembling the New Orleans Pelicans' All-Time Starting Lineup

Chris Paul Hornets
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Since arriving in Charlotte and joining the NBA in 1988, the history of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans franchise has been one filled with big names but no championship banners. The lack of postseason success makes it easy to ignore the fact that the team has had some amazing talent during the last 25 years. That's why I made a starting lineup made up of the best players in Hornets/Pelicans history. See who made the cut.

PG: Chris Paul

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PG: Chris Paul

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Chris Paul was arguably the greatest player to ever play for the Hornets franchise. The No. 4 overall pick in 2005, CP3 and the Hornets made the postseason three times, including a Western Conference Semifinals appearance in 2007-08. Paul averaged 18.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 9.9 APG during his six seasons with the franchise. Paul was also an elite point guard, making four All-Star Game appearances before being traded to the Clippers in 2011.

SG: Baron Davis

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SG: Baron Davis

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Baron Davis is a natural point guard, but for this team, he slides over to shooting guard.

SF: Glen Rice

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SF: Glen Rice

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Glen Rice came over to the Hornets in the Alonzo Mourning deal, but he was an excellent player in each of those seasons. The former Michigan star is the Hornets' all-time leader in scoring average at 23.5 PPG. With the Hornets, Rice made the NBA All-Star team three times and led the Hornets to the postseason twice, making the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 1997-98 season.

PF: Larry Johnson

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PF: Larry Johnson

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A supremely athletic forward with incredible strength and power, Larry Johnson was the Hornets' first real star. Johnson was the No. 1 overall pick in 1991 and immediately took the league by storm, winning Rookie of the Year. He averaged double figures in rebounding his first two seasons in the NBA and was a two-time All-Star during his tenure with the Hornets. In five seasons with the Hornets, Johnson reached the postseason twice.

C: Alonzo Mourning

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C: Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning Hornets
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Before becoming a Hall of Fame player with the Miami Heat, Mourning was a star with the Hornets. The No. 2 overall pick in 1993, Mourning was an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker who made his presence felt in the paint. Despite only playing three seasons with the team, Mourning made two All-Star Game appearances and led the Hornets to their first postseason series win against Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish and the Boston Celtics in 1993.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.