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2007-08 New Orleans Hornets season
New Orleans Hornets
Conference Western Conference
Division Southwest Division
Founded 1988
History Charlotte Hornets
1988–2002
New Orleans Hornets
2002-2005;
2007-present
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
2005-2007
Arena New Orleans Arena
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Team colors Teal, Purple, Gold
Owner George Shinn, Gary Chouest
General manager Jeff Bower
Head coach Byron Scott
D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 1 (2008)
Official website hornets.com/

The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They play in the Southwest Division of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began play during the 1988-89 NBA season as the Charlotte Hornets, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were located until the end of the 2001-02 NBA season. Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007-08 New Orleans Hornets season will be their 15th season in the National Basketball Association and their 6th based in New Orleans. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... NOLA redirects here. ... Byron Anton Scott (born March 28, 1961 in Ogden, Utah) is a former National Basketball Association All-Star and current head coach of the NBAs New Orleans Hornets. ... The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Associations officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a team of the NBA Development League to begin play in 2007. ... The 2007-08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the sport. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ... NBA redirects here. ... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Charlotte redirects here. ...


Due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina the team temporarily played a split-schedule in New Orleans and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, but the team has since returned full-time to New Orleans. This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... Nickname: Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ...

Contents

Franchise history

Charlotte

1980-1981: Birth of the Charlotte Hornets

In 1985, the NBA announced plans to expand by four teams. George Shinn, an entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina, announced plans to bring an NBA team to the Charlotte area. He assembled a group of prominent local businessmen to head the prospective franchise. Charlotte redirects here. ...


Charlotte had long been a hotbed for college basketball, home to the Charlotte 49ers, Davidson Wildcats, and the large and loyal alumni and fan bases from the four North Carolina schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Charlotte was also one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. It had also previously been home to the American Basketball Association's Carolina Cougars, from 1969 to 1974. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... The Charlotte 49ers is the name for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic league in the United States. ... Carolina Cougars was a basketball franchise in the former American Basketball Association that existed from late 1969 through 1974. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


However, some critics still doubted Charlotte could support an NBA team. In fact, one Sacramento Bee columnist joked, "The only franchise Charlotte is going to get is one with golden arches."[1] However, Shinn's ace in the hole was the Charlotte Coliseum, a state-of-the-art arena under construction that would seat almost 24,000 spectators--the largest basketball-specific arena ever to serve as a full-time home for an NBA team. On April 5, 1987, NBA Commissioner David Stern called Shinn to tell him that his group had officially become the 24th member of the NBA, to begin play in 1988. Franchises were also granted to Miami (the Heat), Minneapolis-Saint Paul (the Timberwolves) and Orlando (the Magic). The Sacramento Bee is a daily newspaper published in Sacramento, California. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Look up Ace in the Hole in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Charlotte Coliseum was a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... NBA redirects here. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ... The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the most populous urban area in the state of Minnesota, United States, and is composed of 188 cities and townships. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Orlando redirects here. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ...


Originally, the new team was to be named the Charlotte Spirit, but another name-the-team contest yielded "Hornets" as the winning choice. The name derived from the city's fierce resistance to British occupation during the Revolutionary War, which prompted Lord General Cornwallis to refer to it as "a veritable nest of hornets." The name had been used for Charlotte teams before; the city's minor league baseball teams had been called the Hornets from 1901 to 1972; there was a short-lived team in the short-lived World Football League; and NCAA basketball's Charlotte 49ers and Davidson Wildcats play annually for the Hornets' Nest Trophy. John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen... Cornwallis redirects here. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... Year 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ...


The team received a lot of attention when they chose teal as their primary color, setting off a fashion craze in sports in the late 1980s-early 90s. The San Jose Sharks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida Marlins, and other pro and amateur clubs soon followed with similar colors. Even the Detroit Pistons briefly switched to teal, away from their traditional blue and red, in the mid 90s. The Grizzlies also used it as their primary color during their days in Vancouver. The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995–present) AFC Central (1995–2001) AFC South (2002–present) Current uniform Team colors Teal, Black, Gold, White Mascot Jaxson de Ville Personnel Owner Wayne Weaver General Manager James Harris Head Coach Jack Del Rio Team history Jacksonville Jaguars... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


Despite some concerns that the new Coliseum was too big, Shinn thought that the area's long-standing support of college basketball would easily transfer to the Hornets. These hopes were more than validated as the city and region fell in a state of unbridled love with the team. After initially selling 15,000 season tickets, sales exploded and the team eventually capped the season ticket base at 21,000. Hornets tickets were among the toughest tickets in North America; for example, they once sold out 358 consecutive games--the equivalent of almost nine consecutive seasons.


Shinn hired Carl Scheer, a longtime NBA executive, as general manager. Scheer decided to put together a roster of veteran players in hopes of putting together a competitive team as soon as possible, with a view toward making the playoffs in five years. Former college coach and veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter was tapped as the team's first head coach. Dick Harter is an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and former head coach for the Charlotte Hornets. ...


1988-1992: Growing Pains

The 1988-89 team was led by ex-Pistons guard Kelly Tripucka, who provided instant offense. Tripucka was Charlotte's top scorer for the franchise's first two seasons. The team also had sharpshooting rookie - and first-ever draft choice - Rex Chapman, who was a long-distance scoring threat. The team's floor general was Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history. However, as is typical for most NBA expansion teams, the Hornets struggled, finishing with a 20-62 record--never winning more than two games in a row. Peter Kelly Tripucka (born February 16, 1959 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) was a National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, and Charlotte Hornets from 1981 to 1991. ... Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967, in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Tyrone Curtis Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland), better known as Muggsy Bogues, is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ...


The 1989-90 season was a struggle from start to finish. Harter was fired in January after the players rebelled against his defense-oriented style. He was replaced with assistant Gene Littles. A 3-31 stretch from January through March ended any hopes for the Hornets, who finished 19-63. Eugene Scapes (Gene) Littles (born June 29, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is an American basketball player and coach. ...


For the 1990-91 season, the team picked up guard Kendall Gill in the NBA Draft, and got slightly better, but still managed to win the draft lottery and the rights to the number one overall pick in the following year's draft. The Hornets also hosted the All-Star Game. Littles was fired at the end of the season and replaced by general manager Allan Bristow. The 1990-91 NBA Season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) starred as a basketball player at three different levels in the state of Illinois. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... Allan Mercer Bristow Jr. ...

Charlotte Hornets logo, 1988-2002. Differences from the current logo include motion lines around the hornet, Charlotte across its chest, the purple color of the "H" on the chest, the name around it, and the ball being a darker shade of orange.

For the 1991-92 season, the Hornets drafted power forward Larry Johnson from UNLV with the number one overall pick. Johnson had an impact season, finishing among league leaders in points and rebounds, and winning the 1992 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Kendall Gill led the club in scoring, with over 20 points per game. The team stayed in contention for a playoff spot until March. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... UNLV redirects here. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


1992-1999: Rise to Prominence

In 1992-93, the team won the second pick in the draft, using it to select Georgetown center Alonzo Mourning. The Hornets now had two 20-10 threats in Johnson and Mourning, who with Gill formed perhaps the league's top young trio. It was good enough for the team's first-ever winning record, at 44-38, and the first playoff berth in franchise history. They finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and upset the Boston Celtics in the first round. Mourning won the series with a 20-footer[2] in game four. However, they lacked the experience and depth to defeat the New York Knicks. The 1992-93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Knicks redirects here. ...


The next few years were marked by injuries to Johnson and Mourning, though they did get back to the playoffs in 1994-95, notching the first 50-win season in franchise history--only to be beaten by the Chicago Bulls. The 1995 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1994-1995 season. ... The 1994-95 NBA season was the 49th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


In the offseason the team dealt Mourning to the Miami Heat for guard Glen Rice and center Matt Geiger and guard Khalid Reeves. Geiger and Johnson tied for the team lead in rebounds, while Johnson and Rice provided balanced but high-powered scoring, with all-star guard Kenny Anderson running the point for the injured Muggsy Bogues. Despite the changes, the Hornets failed to qualify for the playoffs during the 1995-96 season. Bristow resigned at the end of the season and was replaced by NBA legend Dave Cowens. The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Matt Geiger (September 10, 1965 in Salem, MA) is a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. ... Khalid Reeves (born July 15, 1972 in Queens, New York) is a professional basketball player who was selected by the Miami Heat in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 1994 NBA Draft. ... Kenneth (Kenny) Anderson (born October 9, 1970 in Queens, New York) is a left-handed point guard who played more than a decade in the National Basketball Association. ... Tyrone Curtis Bogues (born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland), better known as Muggsy Bogues, is a retired American professional basketball point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The 1995-96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association, although the league didnt celebrate this anniversary until the following season. ... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ...


The offseason was again marked by vast changes: Anderson declined to re-sign, Johnson was shipped to the Knicks for power forward Anthony Mason, and center Vlade Divac was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers for the 13th pick in the draft (Kobe Bryant). The new-look Hornets were apparently even better, with Divac and Geiger providing the best center combo in the league, Mason averaging a double-double and all-NBA third team honors, Bogues back at the point, and Rice having the finest season of his career, finishing third in the league in scoring and earning all-NBA second team honors. Rice was also the All-Star game MVP, setting several scoring records. The team also sported the second best season in their history to date (54 victories), making it back to the playoffs. However, they went down rather meekly to the Knicks in three straight games. Anthony George Douglas Mason (born December 14, 1966 in Miami, Florida) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced ) (born February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, Serbia) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the United States NBA. At 71 he played at center and was known for his deft passing skills. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The 1997 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1996-1997 season. ...


1997-98 was also successful. The team picked up a new free-agent backcourt in point guard David Wesley and shooting guard Bobby Phills. With Wesley, Phills, Rice, Mason and Divac, the Hornets romped through the regular season, with Rice finishing sixth in scoring and earning all-NBA third team honors and the team making it all the way to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, again being stopped by the Bulls. 1998-99 was also turbulent, with Rice being traded to the Lakers for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell. Cowens resigned midway through the lockout-shortened season, and was replaced by former Celtics teammate Paul Silas. The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... David Barakau Wesley (born November 14, 1970, in San Antonio, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Bobby Phills (1969-2000) Bobby Ray Phills II (December 20, 1969-January 12, 2000) was a professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets (now called the New Orleans Hornets). ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Elden Jerome Campbell (born July 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player who played center in the NBA. Campbell played college basketball at Clemson University. ... Paul Theron Silas (born July 12, 1943 in Prescott, Arizona) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...


1999-2002: End of an Era

1999-2000 was a return to prominence, with the addition of free agent Derrick Coleman and third overall draft pick, point guard Baron Davis. The lineup of Wesley, Jones, Mason, Coleman and Campbell tore through much of the season, but on January 12, 2000 Bobby Phills was killed in an automobile accident. His number was retired on February 9. The team returned to the playoffs, where they succumbed to the Philadelphia 76ers. Jones led the league in steals, but in the offseason he and Mason were shipped to the Heat in exchange for Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown. The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. Coleman grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University. ... Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Bobby Phills (1969-2000) Bobby Ray Phills II (December 20, 1969-January 12, 2000) was a professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets (now called the New Orleans Hornets). ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets...


The season, however, was overshadowed by events off the court. The team's popularity had begun to sag due to fan discontent with Shinn's personnel moves; he had reportedly traded Mourning and several other stars out of an unwillingness to pay them market value. Michael Jordan, a North Carolina native, began negotiations to become part-owner of the team, but talks collapsed when Shinn refused to grant Jordan total control over the basketball side of the operation. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


However, the event that generated the most headlines came when a woman claimed that Shinn had raped her in 1997. While he was able to fend off a civil suit, the trial severely tarnished his reputation in the city. The team's attendance dropped off even further and never recovered; the consensus was that while Charlotte was as basketball-crazy as ever, fans took out their anger at Shinn on the team. For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


In 2000-01 the Hornets, with the lineup of Davis, Wesley, Mashburn, Brown and Campbell made it back to the playoffs, where they upset the third-seeded Heat and made it to the conference semifinals for the third time in franchise history, before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games. They returned the following season by beating the Orlando Magic, but were upended by the New Jersey Nets. Many thought this was because of Jamal Mashburn missing the playoffs. The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ...


Leaving Charlotte

While the Hornets continued to put a competitive team on the court, the team's attendance fell dramatically, in large part because Shinn was now a pariah in the city.[3] For much of the early part of the 21st century, the Hornets ranked at or near the bottom of the league in attendance--a marked contrast to their first years in the league.


Shinn had become increasingly discontented with the Coliseum, which had a limited number of luxury boxes. He finally issued an ultimatum--unless the city built a new arena at no cost to him, the Hornets would leave town. The city initially refused, leading Shinn to consider moving the team to either Norfolk, Louisville, St. Louis or Memphis. It should be noted that of the four cities, only St. Louis was a larger media market than Charlotte at the time. Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Louisville redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


Finally, a new arena in Uptown (what would eventually become the Charlotte Bobcats Arena) was included in a nonbinding referendum for a larger arts-related package, and Shinn withdrew his application to move the team. Polls showed the referendum on its way to passage. However, just days before the referendum, Mayor Pat McCrory vetoed a living wage ordinance. The veto prompted many of the city's black ministers to oppose the referendum; they felt it was immoral for the city to build a new arena when city employees couldn't afford to make a living.[4] This May 2007 does not cite any references or sources. ... Charlotte Bobcats Arena (also known locally as The Uptown Arena or, for short, Bobcats) is an entertainment and sports venue located in the Uptown (downtown) area of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Pat McCrory (born October 17, 1956) is an American politician and is currently the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Living wage refers to the minimum hourly wage necessary for a person to achieve a basic standard of living. ...


After the failed referendum, city leaders then devised a way to build a new arena in a way that didn't require voter support, but let it be known that they would not even consider building it unless Shinn sold the team. While even the NBA acknowledged that Shinn had alienated fans, league officials felt such a demand would anger owners.[5] The city council refused to remove the statement, leading the Hornets to seriously consider a move to New Orleans. Although New Orleans was a smaller television market, a deal was quickly made to play at the New Orleans Arena, next door to the Louisiana Superdome. Before the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs, the NBA approved the deal. As part of a deal with the city, the NBA promised that Charlotte would get a new team, which took the court two years later as the Charlotte Bobcats. The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Louisiana Superdome, often informally referred to simply as the Superdome, The Dome or even the New Orleans Superdome is a large, multi-purpose sports and exhibition facility located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


New Orleans

2002-2004: NBA Returns to the Big Easy

New Orleans Hornets logo, 2002-present

The Hornets opened their inaugural season in New Orleans on October 30, 2002, against the Utah Jazz, who were originally in New Orleans and called the New Orleans Jazz, with a 100-75 win; "Pistol" Pete Maravich had his number retired during halftime. It was the first regular season NBA game played in New Orleans in over 17 years[6] (there were a few exhibition games played through the years including the then Charlotte Hornets in New Orleans in 2000). They qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight year in 2002-03, but were beaten by Philadelphia again. Jamal Mashburn also missed most of these playoffs. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American basketball player known for his dazzling ballhandling, incredible shooting abilities, and creative passing. ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


There was some concern at first about sluggish ticket sales; the Hornets were only able to sell 11,000 season tickets. However, Shinn remained committed to the area.


After the season, the team unexpectedly fired Silas. He was replaced by Tim Floyd. The Hornets got off to a 17-7 start, but sputtered at the end and finished 41-41, narrowly missing out on home court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They played the Miami Heat in the first round, but Dwyane Wade's last second shot sunk the Hornets in Game One of the series. The teams ended up winning all their respective home games after that, but Wade's shot was the difference as the Heat won 4-3. Tim Floyd (born February 25, 1954) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California mens college basketball team. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ...


2004-2005: Early Struggles in the West

After the season, Floyd was fired and the team hired Byron Scott to be their head coach. Because of the expansion, the Hornets were now forced to play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference which included four playoff teams in the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, and Memphis Grizzlies. The team was not expected to compete for a playoff spot with such tough competition. In a season marred by injury to the team's three all-stars (Baron Davis, Jamaal Magloire, and Jamal Mashburn) an 0-8 start quickly became a 2-29 record (including a one-point loss in overtime to their replacements, the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, in the team's first game back in Charlotte since relocating). This started a watch of how bad their record could get, threatening the Philadelphia 76ers' record of a 9-73 season. The team performed better in January and February with the emerging play of fan favorite Dan Dickau, but the season was essentially over before it started with the horrendous start. As a result of the lack of success, the team's roster was reshaped, with older veterans Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn traded to facilitate a rebuilding process. The team found stronger support for their younger, scrappier players than they did the previous year. They also acquired Jimmy Jackson from the Houston Rockets, but Jackson never reported to the team (which surprisingly was supported by leading NBA analysts on radio shows and TV networks) and was traded again, this time to the Phoenix Suns for Maciej Lampe, Casey Jacobsen, and Jackson Vroman, none of whom made a significant impact. The Hornets finished 18-64--tied for the second-worst record in the league, and the franchise's first losing season in 15 years. They were initially in the NBA draft lottery when their pick slid to fourth. Despite the bad luck, the Hornets got their man in Chris Paul. Byron Anton Scott (born March 28, 1961 in Ogden, Utah) is a former National Basketball Association All-Star and current head coach of the NBAs New Orleans Hornets. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... Jamaal Magloire (born May 21, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian professional basketball player, currently playing for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Daniel (Dan) David Dickau (born September 16, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA with the New York Knicks. ... Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Jimmy Jackson was a Formula One driver (Indy 500 only) from the United States. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Maciej Bolesław Lampe (born February 5, 1985 in Łódź) is a Polish professional basketball player. ... Casey Gardner Jacobsen (born March 19, 1981 in Glendora, California) is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA and currently plays for TAU Vitoria of the Spanish ACB. His most usual positions are shooting guard and small forward. ... Jackson Vroman (born June 6, 1981 in Laguna, California) is an American professional basketball player, formerly in the NBA. In the 2007/08 season he will play for CB Girona in the Spanish ACB. His senior year in high school, he played at Viewmont High School in Bountiful,Utah for... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ...


2005-2007: Hurricane Katrina and Oklahoma City

Hornets alternate logo, 2002-present

Due to the catastrophic devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina upon the communities of southeastern Louisiana, the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated their base of operations to Oklahoma City from 2005-2007. In these 2 seasons, they played a split schedule, with home games at the Ford Center and the New Orleans Arena. Their practice facility while in Oklahoma City was the Sawyer Center on the campus of Southern Nazarene University (SNU).[7] and the team held its 2006 training camp at their New Orleans practice facility, the Alario Center, in Westwego, Louisiana. Image File history File links OKCHornetsalternate. ... Image File history File links OKCHornetsalternate. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Downtown Oklahoma City The State Capitol of Oklahoma From The South Motto: Nickname: Capital of the New Century Founded 1889 Incorporated County Oklahoma County Cleveland County Canadian County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Mick Cornett Area  - Total  - Water 1,608. ... For the rehabilitation facility in California, sometimes referred to in the media as the Ford Center, see Betty Ford Clinic. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Southern Nazarene University (also known as SNU and So-Naz) is a Christian liberal arts college located in Bethany, Oklahoma. ... Westwego is a city located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA. Westwego is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. ...


For the 2005-06 season, the team played 36 games in Oklahoma City, with one game taking place at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma due to a conflict at the Ford Center; three in New Orleans; and one at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of LSU. The intent had been to play 5 games in all at Baton Rouge, but strong progress made on restoring the New Orleans Arena made the return to New Orleans a better option. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Downtown Oklahoma City The State Capitol of Oklahoma From The South Motto: Nickname: Capital of the New Century Founded 1889 Incorporated County Oklahoma County Cleveland County Canadian County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Mick Cornett Area  - Total  - Water 1,608. ... Lloyd Noble Center is a 11,528-seat multi-purpose arena in Norman, Oklahoma, some 19-miles South of downtown Oklahoma City. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. ... , Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a 13,472-seat multi-purpose arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. ... For other uses, see LSU. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


The Hornets started off the 2005-06 NBA season better than expected, but did not make the playoffs. When Chris Andersen was kicked out of the league for two years due to a drug violation, it seemed to spark the Hornets to a hot streak, vaulting the team briefly into the sixth seed in the West. Eventually, however, the Hornets went cold, losing 12 out of 13 games to drop out of the playoff race, setting an ignominious NBA record in the process when they scored 16 points in the second half of a game in Los Angeles versus the Clippers. The Hornets rebounded to make one final push at the end of the season for a playoff spot, but last second losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz sank those hopes, and the team finished 38-44, 10th place in the Western Conference and 6 games out of a playoff spot. Despite the losing record, the season was a success. Chris Paul won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in a landslide, and several Hornets were also in the running for other individual awards. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Chris Andersen (born July 7, 1978 in Long Beach, California) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


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Shinn and the NBA brass decided to stay in Oklahoma City another year because the area had not fully recovered. The Hornets opted to keep their base of operations in Oklahoma City for the 2006-07 season, but had promised to return to New Orleans full time, possibly as early as 2007. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The Hornets made major roster changes after the 2005-2006 season in hopes of advancing to the Western Conference postseason for the first time ever. They traded J.R. Smith and P.J. Brown to the Chicago Bulls for Tyson Chandler. They let Speedy Claxton sign with the Atlanta Hawks, but filled their backup PG position with free agents Bobby Jackson and Jannero Pargo. They also inked Peja Stojakovic from the Indiana Pacers. Earl Smith III, known as J.R. Smith (born September 9, 1985 in Freehold Borough, New Jersey), is an American National Basketball Association player currently with the Denver Nuggets. ... Collier P.J. Brown (born October 14, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. After a college career at Louisiana Tech University, he was a second round draft choice of the New Jersey Nets in the 1992 NBA Draft, and has played for the Nets... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets of the NBA. Standing 71, he plays at the power forward and center positions. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Bobby Jackson (born March 13, 1973 in East Spencer, North Carolina) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Jannero Pargo (born October 22, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls. ... Stojakovic playing for the Kings Predrag Peđa Stojaković (born June 9, 1977) is a basketball star for the NBAs Sacramento Kings. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


The Hornets played 35 home games in Oklahoma City and 6 in New Orleans during the season. Due to substantial injuries, the team finished the regular season with a 39-43 record, one more win than the 2005-2006 season.


2007-present: March Back to the Big Easy

Main article: 2007-08 New Orleans Hornets season
"Fleur de Bee", Hornets alternate logo, 2007-present

Personnel-wise, the Hornets stood largely pat heading into the 2007-2008 season. They did however sign free agents Morris Peterson and Melvin Ely, while letting go of former first round draft pick Cedric Simmons. Further, the club extended the contract of reserve guard Jannero Pargo, and selected Kansas forward Julian Wright with the 13th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. The 2007-08 New Orleans Hornets season will be their 15th season in the National Basketball Association and their 6th based in New Orleans. ... For other uses, see Fleur-de-lis (disambiguation). ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. // Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... Melvin Anderson Ely (born May 2, 1978 in Harvey, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. A 610, 255 lbs, forward-center from Fresno State, Ely was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (12th... Cedric Simmons is an American basketball player. ... Jannero Pargo (born October 22, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the Chicago Bulls. ... Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright (born May 20, 1987, in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is an American basketball player for the NBAs New Orleans Hornets. ... The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their...


Healthier than previous seasons, the Hornets stormed to a 29-12 record at the halfway mark. Having the best record in the Western Conference on February 3rd meant that Byron Scott would coach the 2008 Western Conference All-Stars at home in the New Orleans Arena. Scott was joined by two of his players, as both Chris Paul and David West were selected as All-Star reserves. On February 21st the Hornets made an in-season trade with the Houston Rockets acquiring swingman Bonzi Wells and backup point guard Mike James for veteran guard Bobby Jackson. Byron Scott may refer to: Byron Scott, an American television reporter. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980, in Teaneck, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player in the NBAs New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Gawen DeAngelo Bonzi Wells, also known as the Bonz, (born September 20, 1976 in Muncie, Indiana) is a 65 shooting guard in the National Basketball Association for the Indiana Pacers. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Bobby Jackson (born March 13, 1973 in East Spencer, North Carolina) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. ...


The Hornets completed the regular season with a record of 56-26, marking the season the most successful ever in terms of number of wins. The Hornets also won their first ever division title, winning the Southwest Division ahead of the San Antonio Spurs. Having clinched the 2nd overall seed for the Western Conference, the Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The Hornets routed the the 3rd seed San Antonio Spurs in the first game of their first ever Western Conference Semi-finals since the move to New Orleans before a "Gold Out" home crowd. The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


Progress on the business side

The Hornets announced on January 31, 2007 that they would decline to renew an option to continue playing in Oklahoma City under its relocation agreement for a third season. The Hornets franchise returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007-2008 season, with all 41 home games to be played in the New Orleans Arena. is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

2008 NBA All-Star Game Logo

League officials had stressed from the beginning the desire for the franchise to return to New Orleans once it proved feasible and that they would make a good-faith effort to assist with the recovery. To that end, the 2008 NBA All-Star Game and its accompanying festivities were awarded to New Orleans and a serious marketing campaign was commenced in February 2007. Subsequently, various corporate sponsorship agreements were signed (under the umbrella of the Crescent City Champions), with Cadbury Schweppes (Dr Pepper and 7 Up), Capital One, and Cox Communications being the first of them. Attendance at the New Orleans Arena, while tepid at first, picked up considerably in the months of March and April 2008 with the team registering sell-outs in 12 of its last 17 regular season home games. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... Cadbury Schweppes plc (Cadbury Trebor Bassett), (NYSE: CSG) is a confectionery and beverage company with its headquarters in London. ... For other uses, see Dr Pepper (disambiguation). ... This article is about a soft drink. ... Capital One Bank in Wake Village, Texas Capital One Financial Corp. ... Cox Communications is a privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television and telecommunications services in the United States. ... The New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


Season-by-season records

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Hornets. For the full season-by-season history, see New Orleans Hornets seasons.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Post Season Results Awards
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
New Orleans Hornets
2003-04 NBA Eastern Central 3rd 41 41 .500 Lost First Round (Miami) 4-3
2004-05 NBA Western Southwest 5th 18 64 .220
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
2005-06 NBA Western Southwest 4th 38 44 .463 Chris Paul (ROY)
2006-07 NBA Western Southwest 4th 39 43 .476
New Orleans Hornets
2007-08 NBA Western Southwest 1st 56 26 .683 Won First Round (Dallas) 4-1
Conference Semifinals (San Antonio) 1-0
Byron Scott (ASG Coach, COY)
Playoffs 30 37 .448 Playoff series record: 5-9 (Charlotte, 4-7; New Orleans, 1-2)

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Home arenas

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Players

Main article: New Orleans Hornets all-time roster

Basketball Hall of Famers

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Individual Awards

NBA Rookie of the Year The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...

NBA Sixth Man of the Year For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best player coming off of the bench. ...

NBA Coach of the Year Wardell Stephen Curry (born June 25, 1964 in Harrisonburg, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player at the shooting guard position who received his education from Fort Defiance High School in Virginia and Virginia Tech. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...

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NBA All-Star West Head Coach Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ...

NBA Executive of the Year Byron Anton Scott (born March 28, 1961 in Ogden, Utah) is a former National Basketball Association All-Star and current head coach of the NBAs New Orleans Hornets. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...

All-NBA Second Team Bob Bass is a former professional basketball coach and executive who coached in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

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NBA All-Defensive Second Team Anthony George Douglas Mason (born December 14, 1966 in Miami, Florida) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Glen Anthony Rice (born May 28, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

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NBA Rookie Second Team Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) starred as a basketball player at three different levels in the state of Illinois. ... For the American basketball player of the 1970s, see Larry Johnson (Buffalo Braves). ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is a set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

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Retired numbers

  • 7 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, G, New Orleans Jazz 1974–79 (note: The Hornets retired Maravich's number during their first game in New Orleans in honor of his basketball contributions to the area at LSU and with the city's former NBA team, the New Orleans Jazz)
  • 13 Bobby Phills, G, Charlotte Hornets 1997–2000

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Current roster

New Orleans Hornets roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F/C 1 Flag of the United States Andersen, Chris 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Blinn College
F/C 12 Flag of the United States Armstrong, Hilton 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Connecticut
SF 40 Flag of the United States Bowen, Ryan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Iowa
SF 45 Flag of the United States Butler, Rasual 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) La Salle*
F/C 6 Flag of the United States Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dominguez HS (CA)*
F/C 33 Flag of the United States Ely, Melvin 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 261 lb (118 kg) Fresno State
PG 5 Flag of the United States James, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Duquesne
G 2 Flag of the United States Pargo, Jannero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Arkansas
PG 3 Flag of the United States Paul, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Wake Forest
G/F 9 Flag of the United States Peterson, Morris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Michigan State
SF 16 Flag of Serbia Stojaković, Peja 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Serbia
G/F 24 Flag of the United States Wells, Bonzi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ball State
F 30 Flag of the United States West, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Xavier
SF 32 Flag of the United States Wright, Julian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Kansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured Injured

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Head coaches

Name From To Regular Season Postseason Notes
W L W L
Dick Harter 1988 1990 28 94 -- -- 8-32 for 1989-90 season; Final game on January 27, 1990
Gene Littles 1990 1991 37 87 -- -- 11-31 for 1989-90 season after firing of Dick Harter
Allan Bristow 1991 1996 207 203 5 8 Earned first playoff berth and playoff series win in franchise history
Dave Cowens 1996 1999 109 70 4 8 4-11 for 1998-99 season; Final game on March 5, 1999
Paul Silas 1999 2003 208 155 13 14 22-13 for 1998-99 season after firing of Dave Cowens
Tim Floyd 2003 2004 41 41 3 4
Byron Scott 2004 Present 139 172 3 1

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