Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets

2023 Southeast Division Standings


Team Information

Founded 1988
Owner(s) Gabe Plotkin & Rick Schnall (majority). Eric Church, J Cole, and Michael Jordan (minority).
City Charlotte, North Carolina
Nickname The Hive
Stadium Spectrum Center

2023 Regular Season Leaders

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Charlotte Hornets Bio

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets. Picture Courtesy/Hornets’s Twitter account

Charlotte Hornets is a professional basketball team that competes in the NBA. The team is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. Between 2004-2014, the team was known as the Charlotte Bobcats. They play home matches at the Spectrum Center, in Uptown Charlotte. The Hornets have not won a championship yet, but they have a big fan base that has grown significantly in the last decade.

Charlotte Hornets Famous Players

Glen Rice

Glen Rice played in Charlotte from 1995 - 1999 and was an All-Star in all three seasons for the Hornets. In 240 games for the franchise, Rice averaged 23.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Larry Johnson

Larry "Grandmama" Johnson was the franchise’s first bona fide star. Picked first overall in the 1991 NBA Draft, Johnson quickly established himself as a fan favorite. Alongside Alonzo Mourning, he guided the Hornets to playoff berths in 1993 and 1995. Johnson gets the nod over Mourning primarily because he had a longer tenure with the Hornets. His name adorns the franchise leaderboard, standing second in rebounds, third in free throws made, and fourth in points.

Dell Curry

Dell Curry spent 10 years with the Charlotte Hornets and helped the team reach the playoffs four times. He was a great scorer and is still the franchise’s second-all-time scorer with 9,839 points. In minutes played, Curry is third on the franchise’s all-time list.

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker is undoubtedly the greatest player for the Charlotte Hornets. In his eight-year Hornets career, Walker set numerous records. These include most points, field goals, and 3-pointers. Besides this, Walker also led the team to two playoffs. His best performance came on November 17, 2018, when he scored 60 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. This is the record for the most points in a single game by a Hornets player.


The Charlotte Hornets joined the NBA in 1988. The name "Hornets" was given to the franchise as a historical nod to Charlotte's rebellious past. During the American Revolution, Charlotte was symbolized as a 'hornet’s nest' of American rebels. "Honerts" name stuck a cord with Charlotte's citizens as they selected this name for their basketball team via a name-the-team contest.

It was the first time in 2004, that any African American (Robert L. Johnson) was the majority owner of any NBA franchise. However, the franchise struggled in their early years and finished at the bottom of their division for five years.

In 2006, a significant development unfolded as North Carolina native and basketball legend Michael Jordan became the minority owner and general manager of the Charlotte Hornets. His impact was soon felt as he hired Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown in 2008. In the very next season, the Charlotte Hornets reached the playoffs. However, the franchise again started struggling and they have not reached the postseason in recent years.

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Charlotte Hornets Team Roster

10Amari BaileySG6-5185UCLA
1LaMelo BallPG6-7180
12Leaky BlackSF6-9209N. Carolina
2James BouknightSG6-4190UConn
23Kai JonesPF6-11221Texas
9Theo MaledonPG6-5175
11Cody MartinSG6-6205Nevada
7Bryce McGowensSG6-6175Nebraska
24Brandon MillerSF6-8200Alabama
James NnajiC6-10225
44Frank NtilikinaPG6-4200
4Nick RichardsC7-1245Kentucky
23Kobi SimmonsPG6-5180Arizona
8Nick Smith Jr.SG6-5185Arkansas
19Xavier SneedSF6-5215Kansas St.
45Edmond SumnerPG6-4196Xavier (Ohio)
21JT ThorPF6-9203Auburn
5Mark WilliamsC7-1240Duke

Head Coach

Steve Clifford is the head coach of Charlotte Hornets, as of April 2024. This is his second stint, becoming the 12th head coach in the team's history. Clifford is no stranger to steering NBA teams toward success. Throughout his coaching career, which has included stops in Charlotte and Orlando, Clifford has led his teams to four playoff appearances.

During his initial term with the Hornets, Clifford showed his tactical acumen and player development skills. His second term with the team is widely viewed as a chance for him to build on that initial success.

Before ascending to NBA head coaching ranks, Clifford built an impressive resume as an assistant for multiple NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks. He honed his basketball philosophies and tactical knowledge during these years, gaining respect throughout the league.

Clifford has a degree in special education from the University of Maine-Farmington. Soon after college, he started his career as a coach at Woodland High School in Maine. In 1995, he became head coach at Adelphi University, amassing an impressive 86-36 record in four seasons. Clifford's diverse experience, both as an educator and a basketball strategist, brings a rich skill set to his current role as the Charlotte Hornets' head coach.


On August 3, 2023, Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall took the reins of the Charlotte Hornets, acquiring the majority stake from NBA legend Michael Jordan. The acquisition marks a new chapter for a franchise that has faced struggles, missing the playoffs for the past seven seasons. Both Plotkin and Schnall come to the Hornets with fresh perspectives and a commitment to revitalizing the team. As majority owners, they aim to infuse new strategies and capitalize on opportunities to build a winning culture. Their ownership is seen as a potential turning point for the franchise, stirring excitement and anticipation among fans and stakeholders alike.

Net Worth

As of April 2024, the Charlotte Hornets are valued at $3 billion, according to Statista. This valuation came into the spotlight when NBA legend Michael Jordan sold his majority stake to Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall. The $3 billion price tag not only reflects the inherent value of an NBA team in today's market but also signifies the high expectations and potential that investors see in the Hornets' future.


The Charlotte Hornets have not won an NBA Championship, as of April 2024. As a basketball team that made its debut in the NBA in 1988, the Hornets are one of five NBA franchises that are yet to lift the Larry O'Brien championship trophy in June.

FAQ's On Charlotte Hornets‍

He has sold the majority of his stake, but is still a minority owner.

The Charlotte Hornets was founded in 1988. 

The Spectrum Center is the home arena of the Charlotte Hornets.

Hugo the Hornet is their mascot’s name. 

The dance team of the franchise is called, “the Honey Bees.”

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