The New Orleans Hornets, now in their 23 rd season after being founded as the Charlotte Hornets in 1988, have almost always been a team of great point guard play. The New Orleans Hornets’ all-time assist leaders include All-Star point guards Chris Paul and Baron Davis and former fan favorite Muggsy Bogues.
5. Larry Johnson: 1,553 assists
Former two-time All-Star forward and Grandmama Larry Johnson ranks fifth on the list of New Orleans Hornets’ all-time assist leaders. The then Charlotte Hornets took Johnson with the top overall pick of the 1991 NBA Draft and enjoyed five great seasons from the forward. He averaged 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists during his time with the team. A great passer for a forward, Johnson posted a career-high of 4.6 assists per game in 1994-95.
4. David Wesley: 2,446 assists
Combo guard David Wesley spent eight strong years in Charlotte and New Orleans to become one of the Hornets’ all-time assist leaders. When Wesley joined the Hornets in 1997, he became their starting point guard. After Baron Davis moved into the starting lineup in 2000, Wesley slid over to the two-guard spot and saw his assist average dip as his duties changed. For 522 games in a Hornets’ uniform, Wesley averaged 14.7 points and 4.7 assists, peaking at 6.5 assists per game in 1997-98. His career-high was 7.3 in 1996-97 with the Celtics.
3. Baron Davis: 2,555 assists
Two-time All-Star point guard Baron Davis sits third on the New Orleans Hornets’ all-time assist leaders list. Davis was the Hornets’ first round pick in 1999 and he became the starting point guard in 2000. In six seasons, he averaged 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Later with the Warriors and now with the Clippers, Davis has his career assist total up to 5,519, the fourth most among active NBA players.
2. Chris Paul: 3,515 assists*
The Hornets’ current All-NBA point guard Chris Paul is up to second on the list of New Orleans Hornets’ all-time assist leaders. Now in his sixth season, Paul has been one of the NBA’s best point guards and one of the top overall players in the game. He has a career average of 10.0 assists through 352 games and he has twice led the league in assists, topping out at 11.6 per game in 2007-08. Paul was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2006 and he has since been named to three All-Star teams, two All-Defensive Teams, and a pair of All-NBA teams.
1. Muggsy Bogues: 5,557 assists
The New Orleans Hornets’ all-time assist leader is the shortest player in NBA history, Muggsy Bogues. In ten seasons with the Hornets, Bogues was one of the top play-makers in basketball. The five-foot-three point guard twice averaged more than ten assists per game for the Hornets. He posted overall averages of 8.8 points, 8.8 assists, and 1.7 assists in Charlotte. Bogues is also the Hornets’ all-time steals leader with 1,067. In addition to his time with the Hornets, Bogues dished out a career total of 6,726 assists to rank 16th in NBA history.
*Indicates player is active with the team
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