Charlotte Hornets' win on Dec. 23, 1988 changed the course of Charlotte's history
Charlotte Hornets Opening Night 10-29-2014 vs Milwaukee Bucks 1988-89 Pregame Ceremony
Charlotte goes wild for city's first-ever NBA game in 1988
White Classic Uniform Unveil for the 2018-19 Season
The 1988–89 Charlotte Hornets season was Charlotte's inaugural season in the National Basketball Association. The Hornets, along with the Miami Heat, began play as expansion teams during the season. Dick Harter was hired to be the team's head coach. The Hornets finished the season last place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 20 wins and 62 losses, and led the NBA in attendance, becoming the first expansion team to do so. Charlotte also set an all-time NBA attendance record, which was broken by Minnesota the following season. Kelly Tripucka led them in scoring averaging 22.6 points per game, and top draft pick Rex Chapman averaged 16.9 points per game while making the All-Rookie Second Team.
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