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Charlotte Hornets Tickets 2019 Outlook

The Charlotte Hornets are ready to begin a new era. After drafting Kemba Walker in 2011, he led the Charlotte Hornets to two playoff appearances, but the Hornets were not able to advance past the first round. 

Kemba Walker left in free agency after eight seasons in Charlotte. However, the move did leave Charlotte empty handed. After a sign and trade, Terry Rozier is heading from Boston to Charlotte. Rozier, a gritty point guard that can score in a hurry will help Charlotte as they try to form a new nucleus.

Over the past two seasons, the Hornets have tried to acquire that talent through the NBA Draft. Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges are all highly touted drafted picks that can provide defense and three point shooting. 

This year in the NBA Draft, the Hornets drafted P.J. Washington from Kentucky. 

If this core can mature and mesh well with each other, the Hornets could be good for years to come. Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, will have to endure a bit of a struggle this season, but the future looks very bright for the Charlotte Hornets. The Spectrum Center will be buzzing, find your Charlotte Hornets tickets for the upcoming season today!

History of the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets started as an expansion team in 1988 under owner George Shinn. The NBA had a plan for numerous expansion teams to be added for the 1988-89 season and Shinn along with his fellow businessmen wanted to bring a franchise team to Charlotte, North Carolina. On April 5, 1987, David Stern called Shinn to tell him he had been approved for the 24th NBA franchise. The Charlotte Coliseum was the first home for the expansion team when it debuted in 1988. From 1988 until 2002 the team remained in Charlotte as the Hornets. Then after the 2001-2002 season, the team was approved by the NBA to move to New Orleans the following season. Shortly after the Hornets moved to New Orleans, the NBA decided to add a replacement team back in Charlotte. Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, was awarded the franchise in December of 2002. This allowed Johnson to become the first majority black owner of a major professional sports league. In 2003 the new team was officially named the Bobcats. The Bobcats played in the Charlotte Coliseum until their new home arena finished construction. In the 2004 NBA Draft, the Bobcats were able to acquire Emeka Okafor from Connecticut – he was a key player in the Bobcats’ inaugural season and won 2004-2005 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In 2005, the Bobcats move to their new home arena, the now named Spectrum Center. The brand-new building has a seating capacity of 19,077 and cost about $260 million to construct. Years later in 2010, Johnson announced he would sell the franchise to Michael Jordan – making Jordan the first former NBA player to become the majority owner of a franchise. During the 2011 NBA Draft, the Bobcats acquired point guard Kemba Walker, who was the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2011. He would go on to be one of the most impressive Charlotte players in franchise history. In March 2014, Jordan announced an application to change the team name to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-2015 season. Upon approval, the NBA and New Orleans Pelicans agreed to allow the Charlotte Hornets to reclaim the history and record of the 1988-2002 Hornets. The Hornets time in New Orleans (2002-2013) would remain with the Pelicans. In the 2017-2018 season, Walker passed Dell Curry to become the franchise’s all-time leader in points. Despite this impressive feat, the Hornets failed to make the playoffs in this most recent season, finishing the regular season with a 36-46 record.

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