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 team played their first game in the 1988-89 season. The team was established in 1988 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The team is owned by George Shinn and Gray Chouest and Byron Scott is the head coach.
In 1988-89 the captain of the team was Kelly Tripucka who was the ex-Pistons guard and he offered instant offense. In the first two seasons of the franchise, Tripucka was the top scorer of Charlotte. The team also comprised of Rex Chapman who was the sharpshooting rookie and first-ever draft choice. The floor general of the team was Muggsy Bogues who in the NBA history was the shortest player. Still as in the case of a majority of NBA expansion teams the Hornets had to struggle and at the end they had a 20-62 record during which they could never win more than two consecutive games.
In 1992-93 the team used to win of the second pick in the draft to choose Alonzo Mourning who was the Georgetown center. The team at 44-38 had its first ever winning record and in franchise history had the first playoff berth. In the Eastern Conference they were seeded in the fifth position and in the first round defeated the Boston Celtics. In the next few years Mourning and Johnson had injuries although in 1994-95 they got back to the playoffs.
The 1997-98 season was good for the team. It selected Bobby Phills who was the shooting guard and David Wesley who was the point guard. The team was comprised of Divac, Mason, Rice, Phills and Wesley. The team played well in the regular season and secured the all-NBA third team honors and only for the second time in franchise history reached the second round of the playoffs where it was defeated by the Bulls.
The hornets debuted for the first time in New Orleans on October 30, 2002 against the Utah Jazz and won with a 100-75 win record. The team qualified for the playoffs for the forth consecutive year in 2002-03 season but went down to the Philadelphia 76ers once again.
The New Orleans Arena is the place where the Hornets play all their home games. It has a maximum capacity of 17,188. Robert parish one of the few players of the New Orleans Hornets who found his name in the Hall of Famers.
In the 2007-08 season the Hornets were seeded at the 1st position in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The team won 56 games at the end of the regular season.
1 Division title (2008)