The newest NBA franchise is the Charlotte Bobcats, a team in existence since just 2005. In just their sixth season, the Bobcats have had little time to develop as a team, never mind developing a history. Yet, as the team’s sixth season winds down, it is about to reach the playoffs for the first time ever and most of the best players in Charlotte Bobcats franchise history remain on the team today.
One of the best players in Charlotte Bobcats franchise history is Gerald Wallace who was selected by the team in its expansion draft. In his time with Charlotte, Wallace has developed into an excellent all-around player. He has posted averages of 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game, including a league leading 2.5 steals in 2006. In 2010, Wallace became the first member of the Bobcats to be named to an All-Star team. Wallace is the team’s all-time scoring leader with 6,447 points.
One of the best players in Charlotte Bobcats franchise history is center and original player Emeka Okafor. Drafted second overall in 2005, Okafor was the first draft pick ever made by the Bobcats. After averaging a double-double in his first season, he won the 2005 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In his five years as a Bobcat, he averaged 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game, ranking in the top ten in rebounds and blocks three times.
Though he spent only 96 games with the franchise, swingman Jason Richardson is one of the best players in Charlotte Bobcats history. Richardson averaged 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game with the Bobcats. In his only full season with Charlotte, Richardson led the NBA in three point shots made and attempted, shooting 41 percent from deep.
Raymond Felton has been the Bobcats’ starting point guard in all five seasons of the team’s existence. Drafted fifth overall by the Bobcats in 2005, Felton has averaged 13.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in his career. He has finished in the top ten in total assists three times and total steals once.
Acquired in a midseason trade in the 2010 season, Stephen Jackson is one of the best players in the Charlotte Bobcats’ young franchise history. Jackson has played 58 games in a Bobcats’ uniform, averaging 21.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.9 steals. He ranks fifth in the NBA in steals in the 2010 season.