Philadelphia 76ers: Best trade in team history with the Charlotte Hornets

The Philadelphia 76ers don’t have any great trades with the Charlotte Hornets.

The series of articles that have been covering the Philadelphia 76ers best trades with other teams thus far have yielded positive results in years past. However, let it be made clear that there hasn’t been a home run traded between the Sixers and the Charlotte Hornets yet.

There have only been three trades between the Hornets and the 76ers up to this point and all the deals happened in roughly a 10-year span between 1991 to 2001. As with covering the best trade with the Boston Celtics, three deals don’t give a lot of wiggle room to make a choice.

Like I wrote in the first article of this series covering the best trade with the Atlanta Hawks, three teams trades won’t qualify as a potential best trade in team history. In this case for the best trade with Charlotte, the Derrick Coleman deal isn’t qualified as it a three-team trade that includes the Golden State Warriors.

The best trade ever between Philly and Charlotte was…

76ers Get
PG, Dana Barros
1994 first round pick
SG, Greg Graham
C, Sidney Green
Hornets Get
SG, Hershey Hawkins

This trade occurred in the offseason of 1993 and the Sixers came out of the deal pretty good considering they sent Charlotte Hersey Hawkins, who had already played his best basketball at this point.

Hawkins at 6-foot-3 was undersized as a shooting guard but is easily one of the best 3-point shooters in 76ers franchise history. He even made an All-Star appearance in his five seasons with Philly. Hawkins was still a solid 3-point threat and scorer after he was traded to the Hornets, but the best stretch of his career came with the Sixers.

The 76ers received four players for Hawkins, three of which ended up playing for the team. The biggest return in this trade was Dana Barros. In his second season with Philly, he averaged 20.6 points and 7.5 assists, despite only being 5-foot-11. He was an All-Star that season and won Most Improved Players as well before he left the team in the offseason for the Celtics.

Barros currently has the highest 3-point percentage in Sixers history and is also ninth in made 3-pointers in only two seasons. That being said, he wasn’t the only player acquired in the trade. Sharone Wright ended up becoming the first round pick in the deal and was a solid young big man for the 76ers in his first season and a half before being traded to the Toronto Raptors.

Shooting guard Greg Graham and big man Sidney Green were the other two players acquired. Graham played his first two and a half seasons in Philly before being sent to the Nets in a trade. Green was at the end of his career, he never played for the Sixers or any other team after that deal.

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This wasn’t a great deal, but it certainly wasn’t awful and the Philadelphia 76ers did get the best value out of this trade versus any other they made with the Hornets.

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