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Top Five Power Forwards in New Orleans Hornets History
Qualifier: players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one. For example, while David Wesley spent time at both guard positions, he will only appear on one list.
Two-time All-Star forward Larry Johnson led the Charlotte Hornets to their first playoff series win in 1993. Johnson was the top pick of the 1991 NBA Draft and he spent his first five seasons in the league in Charlotte. When he wasn't a crossdressing senior citizen, Johnson was a great low-post player for the Hornets. He posted averages of 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists over 377 games with the team.
Current starting power forward David West has been with the New Orleans Hornets since 2003. After two seasons, West broke out in 2005 and has averaged at least 17 points and seven rebounds per game in each of the last six seasons. He's up to second in Hornets history in both points (8,690) and rebounds (3,853) and he has two All-Star appearances. West averages 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 530 NBA games.
Three-time All-Defensive power forward P.J. Brown played the longest stint of his career with the Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets from 2000 to 2006. Brown played over 1,000 NBA games including 475 in Charlotte/New Orleans where he became the Hornets' all-time leading rebounder with 4,203. He averaged 9.6 points and 8.8 rebounds with the Hornets and he ranks third in team history with 45.9 win shares.
Former All-Star forward Anthony Mason spent three seasons with the Hornets from 1996 to 2000. Mason was a talented offensive player who played with the skills of a guard and strength of a big. In his first season with the Hornets, he was named to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams as he averaged a double-double for the first time of his career. As a Hornet, he posted 13.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Derrick Coleman was a one-time All-Star who struggled to stay on the court during his three-year stint in Charlotte from 1998 to 2001. Coleman has one good full season as a Hornet in 1999-00 when he averaged 16.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a key cog in a 49-win season. He had previously posted three 20-10 seasons with the New Jersey Nets.
New Orleans Hornets Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com
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