About Charlotte Hornets
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.
Led by point guard Kemba Walker, the Charlotte Hornets are a team on the rise. The Hornets did not make the playoffs for the past two seasons in a row but this will be the first season under head coach James Borrego. Borrego was previously an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and is looking to bring the Hornets back to the postseason. With a lot of moving parts in the Eastern Conference this offseason, the Hornets tried not to switch up the formula too much. Wing players Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are keys for Charlotte. They guard some of the most explosive players in the league and can be very disruptive on defense. Coupled with the frontcourt of Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams the Hornets are poised to make the playoffs. The Hornets also have a few notable additions to the roster for this upcoming season. Tony Parker, from the San Antonio Spurs, signed a 2-year $10 million contract with the Hornets. In the 2018 NBA Draft, the Hornets acquired first round pick Miles Bridges from Michigan State and second round pick Devonte’ Graham from Kansas. Other new signees include Jaylen Barford (Arkansas), Zach Smith (Texas Tech), Isaiah Wilkins (Virginia), and Joe Chealey (College of Charleston). Michael Carter-Williams left for the Houston Rockets and Treveon Graham left for the Brooklyn Nets.
The 2018 Charlotte Hornet season will kick off at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 17th. Notable matchups this season include the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 23rd and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on October 20th. The Spectrum Center should be buzzing this season with a young team with loads of talent that is always fun to watch. Will this be the year the Hornets can return to the playoffs? There is only one way to find out! Charlotte Hornets tickets are a great deal. Browse the wide selection of tickets that TicketNetwork has to offer by clicking on a game above.