The Charlotte Hornets’ early-’90s lottery luck would make Sam Hinkie’s Sixers wildly jealous.
The Hornets stumbled upon top-two picks in both ’91 and ’92, and teamed up Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning through the draft after a couple of short, horrible seasons.
Sadly, the duo only overlapped in Charlotte for three years, as the team flipped Zo to Miami in ’95 for, essentially, Glen Rice and Tony Delk.
The brief era wasn’t without its highs, though. For instance, Mourning and Johnson’s Hornets reached the second round of the playoffs in the tandem’s first year together. They ended up losing the series in five games to Patrick Ewing and the Knicks, but put on quite a show in Game 3 at home (on one of my favorite all-time courts). All told, they tallied sixty-five points and countless clutch buckets in a thrilling, six-period win.