Charlotte Hornets Team
The Hornets are 13-41 on the season through Feb. 22, 2024, which ranks them as the 27th team in the NBA. They are No. 13 in the Eastern Conference, which means they would miss the playoffs if the season ended today.
|🏀 2023-24 Record
|🏀 NBA Rank
|27 of 30
|🏀 Eastern Conference Rank
|13 of 15
|🏀 Southeast Division Rank
|4 of 5
|🏀 ESPN BPI Power Index
|30 of 30 (-9.3)
|✅ Rankings Last Verified:
|February 23, 2024
Charlotte Hornets Offense
Here's a look at the Hornets offensive stats and rankings, per ESPN.
|🏀 Points Per Game
|🏀 % of Points off Fast Breaks
|🏀 % of Points off Turnovers
|🏀 % of Points in Paint
|🏀 Assists Per Game
|🏀 Field Goal %
|🏀 3PT %
|🏀 Free Throw %
|🏀 Offensive Rebounds Per Game
|🏀 ESPN Offensive BPI
|✅ Rankings Last Verified:
|February 23, 2024
The Charlotte Hornets offense goes as star point guard LaMelo Ball goes. He didn't play between Nov. 26 and Jan. 12, but still leads the team in points per game—which should give you some indication of how the team is faring as a whole.
His backcourt mate Terry Rozier stepped up in Ball's absence, averaging 24.3 points a game. However, Rozier was traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Kyle Lowry and a future first-round pick on Jan. 23. Lowry, by comparison, is averaging 8.2 points per game this season, so this trade is clearly about future growth for the Hornets. Lowry is not expected to play until Feb. 8 at the earliest, per CBS Sports.
On Feb. 8 trade deadline, Gordon Hayward was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and PJ Washington was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, as the organization looks to get a head start on rebuilding.
Forward Miles Bridges took on some of the offensive load, ranking third in scoring and leading the team in average minutes played (36.8).
The Hornets offense struggles from three-point range, as they rank 19th in three-point percentage and gain just under 46% of their points from the paint. While the Hornets offense does struggle in many areas, they have found success scoring off turnovers and fast breaks.
The problem, as you'll see below, is that they don't force many turnovers on defense.
Charlotte Hornets Defense
The Hornets defense ranks in the lower third in most major defensive stat categories:
|🏀 Defensive Rebounds Per Game
|🏀 Defensive Rebound %
|🏀 Steals Per Game
|🏀 Blocks Per Game
|🏀 Opponent Points Off Turnovers
|🏀 Opponents 2nd Chance Points
|🏀 Opponents Points off Fast Breaks
|🏀 Opponents Points in Paint
|🏀 ESPN Defensive BPI
|🏀 NBA.com Defensive Rating
|✅ Rankings Last Verified:
|February 23, 2024
The Hornets struggle to rebound and keep opponents from getting second-chance points. Center Mark Williams is perhaps the only player close to double-double range, averaging 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He and Nick Richards average just over 1 block per game, while every other Hornets defender averages less than 1 per game.
Three of the team's top five players in steals—Cody Martin, LaMelo Ball, and Gordon Hayward—have been dealing with injuries this season, which is limiting the Hornets' ability to create turnovers.
Notable NBA Hornets Team Players
PG Tre Mann
SG Cody Martin
SF Brandon Miller
PF Miles Bridges
C Nick Richards
|📈 Contributors Off the Bench
PG Seth Curry
PF Grant Williams
PF Davis Bertans
G Nick Smith Jr.
G Bryce McGowens
C Nathan Mensah
PG Vasilije Micic
F JT Thor
F Leaky Black
G Amari Bailey
PG Theo Maledon
PG LaMelo Ball (ankle)
C Mark Williams (back)
LaMelo Ball enters his fourth year with the Charlotte Hornets as the face of the franchise. He fell into the team's lap when the Hornets selected him third overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. Since then, Ball looked every bit the first-rounder he is.
He's steadily improved, impressing peers, fans and fantasy managers alike with his dazzling assists and shots from 3-point range. If one of the Hornets were to make a future All-Star team, he is the most likely candidate.
However, he's only played in 22 games so far this season and only 36 total games the season before. Ball broke his ankle last season and has struggled with lingering ankle injuries.
Power forward P.J. Washington signed a three-year contract extension this offseason. Still, Washington was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for a 2027 first-round draft pick and two Charlotte natives, F Grant Williams and G Seth Curry. The Hornets also sent two second-round picks to Dallas as part of the deal.
Veteran, Gordon Hayward was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for G Tre Mann, G Vasilije Micic, and F Davis Bertans, and two second-round picks.
The biggest question mark for this team is forward Miles Bridges. After a domestic incident, he was out for the year during the 2022-2023 season. At his best, he was a consistent 20+ point scorer and leader of the team. His production upon return from his suspension will play a big role in how the Hornets perform this season.
Charlotte Hornets Most Important Games
- ❌ Nov. 26 at Orlando Magic: L, 130-117
- ❌ Dec. 11 vs. Miami Heat: L, 116-114
- ❌ Dec. 13 at Miami Heat: L, 115-104
- ❌ Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia 76ers: L, 135-82
- ❌ Jan. 14 @ Miami Heat: L, 104-87
- ❌ Jan. 20 vs. Philadelphia 76ers: L, 97-89
- ✅ Jan. 23 @ Minnesota Timberwolves: W, 128-125
- ✅ Feb. 14 vs. Atlanta Hawks: W, 122-99
- 🏀 March 1 @ Philadelphia 76ers
- 🏀 March 5 vs. Orlando Magic: If the Hornets want to ascend the division rankings and make the playoffs, the Magic is one if the teams they need to defeat after failing to do so earlier in the season.
- 🏀 March 16 @ Philadelphia 76ers
- 🏀 March 19 vs. Orlando Magic
- 🏀 March 23 @ Atlanta Hawks
- 🏀 April 5 vs. Orlando Magic
- 🏀 April 10 @ Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets Rivals
Having a rivalry will make North Carolina sports betting that much more fun and engaging. The Hornets have a few of their own in the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and Atlanta Hawks.
The geographically close Wizards and Hornets have a mini-rivalry, considering they are division rivals who play near each other. The other commonality they have is former Hornets owner Michael Jordan once played for the Wizards. Michael Jordan still looms large as one of the most-searched people in North Carolina.
They have yet to play a truly meaningful playoff game or series, but in their bouts in the regular season they have been evenly matched. So far, their rivalry has been limited to playing each other to try to get atop the division.
The Hornets are 70-60 against the Wizards all time.
📅 Date of the Rivalry Games: November 22 and March 8
Both the Hornets and Heat were established in the NBA in the same year, 1988. Despite having the same birth year, the franchises have gone in two completely directions, with the Heat experiences much more frequent experiences of success, including three NBA championships.
Some may say an actual rivalry budded between the teams in the 1990s when the Hornets traded fan-favorite center Alonzo Mourning to the Heat in November of 1995. Since then, the Heat have gone on to success, leaving the Hornets in the dust, wondering what could have been. More recently, the Heat actually knocked the Hornets out of the playoffs in 2014 and 2016.
The Hornets are 48-74 against the Heat all time.
📅 Date of the Rivalry Games: December 11, December 13, January 14
The Hawks are the closest NBA team geographically to the Hornets, naturally sparking a rivalry between teams that are separated by about 250 miles. The Hornets have surprisingly done well against the Hawks, despite Atlanta's recent success. They currently have a 68-63 record against the Hawks, and the last time Atlanta won the season series was in 2019-2020.
They have played once in the playoffs, when the Hornets beat the Hawks in four games in 1998.
📅 Date of the Rivalry Games: February 14, March 23, April 10
NBA Hornets 2023-2024 Season Outlook
The Hornets enter the 2023-2024 season with high hopes, returning a developing team from last season, while adding No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller and forward Miles Bridges from suspension. While the Hornets playoff chances suggest it will be awhile before they make any postseason noise, this team has the pieces to make it happen eventually.
Led by fourth-year point guard LaMelo Ball, the Hornets' expectations are higher more this year than ever in his tenure, though the Hornets NBA Championship odds remain long.
Charlotte Hornets Stadium
The Hornets play in the beautiful Spectrum Center, located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, North Carolina. It seats 19,077 for NBA games and 20,200 for college basketball games. It opened in 2005 and has been the home of the Hornets ever since.
The Hornets recently announced a partnership with bet365 North Carolina, so visitors at the Spectrum Center could see more sports betting integrations at the arena and on broadcasts.
How to Get Tickets to Hornets Games?
The most direct method is to buy tickets for Charlotte Hornets games at the Spectrum Center through the team's official website and their Official Ticket Marketplace, Ticketmaster.
Another popular option is an online ticket resale marketplace like VividSeats or StubHub. These sites allow fans to shop for previously purchased tickets being resold by other individuals.
Memberships and packages are also available through the Hornets Ticketing office for season tickets or multi-game deals.
Charlotte Hornets FAQs
The Charlotte Hornets are partnered with bet365 Sportsbook in North Carolina. They announced an exclusive multiyear partnership on Nov. 17, 2023. Expect to see signage and other branding at the Spectrum Center, Hornets digital platforms, and TV and radio broadcasts.
There is only one NBA team in North Carolina: the Charlotte Hornets. The Charlotte Hornets are the only NBA team in North Carolina. They started out as an expansion team in Charlotte in 1988 before moving to New Orleans as the Hornets/Pelicans. The franchise moved back to Charlotte as the Bobcats from 2004-2014.
The ownership group is led by co-chairman Gabe Plotkin and majority owner Rick Schnall. Plotkin and Schnall purchased the majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets from NBA legend and North Carolina native Michael Jordan in June 2023. Jordan is still a minority owner, along with country singer Eric Church and rapper J Cole.
Yes, Michael Jordan still owns a minority stake the Hornets. He never owned 100% of the team, but was a minority owner from 2006-2010 and the majority owner from 2010-2023. He sold his stake to Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall for $3 billion.
The team was called the Charlotte Hornets from 1988 to 2002. Then they moved to New Orleans, where they became known first as the New Orleans Hornets, then the New Orleans Pelicans. The then-Charlotte Bobcats came to Buzz City in 2004. In 2014, Charlotte reclaimed the Hornets moniker.
The Hornets left Charlotte for New Orleans as then-owner George Shinn's decline in popularity led to a massive decrease in game attendence. Shinn was accused of kidnapping and sexual assault and, though he was found not guilty, his tarnished reputation drove him and his team out of Charlotte. In 2002, the NBA awarded Charlotte a new expansion team.
The Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, and Atlanta Hawks are the Charlotte Hornets' biggest rivals in North Carolina. The Charlotte Hornets play in the Southeast Division, as do the Heat, Wizards and Hawks. The Hornets are 48-74 vs. the Heat all time, 70-60 vs. the Wizards and 68-63 vs. the Hawks.
The Charlotte Hornets primary colors are teal and dark purple. Their secondary colors are gray, black and light blue. After a 10-year stint as the Charlotte Bobcats with blue and black as their main colors, the franchise returned to the Hornets brand, including their former colors.
Shannon Lane is a commercial editor and fact-checker for BetCarolina. She's spent the last decade working in sports media, including at NFL Media and as a reporter/fact-checker at Sports Illustrated. She covers everything NFL football to give North Carolina sports betters the best information on the Panthers and other NFL teams.