Top 5: Charlotte’s Best Current Pro Athletes
From the Panthers, Hornets, and NASCAR to the Hounds, Knights, and Checkers; Charlotte has long had a strong love affair with all things sports. Charlotte has provided Hall of Fame coaches and drivers, famous wrestlers, esteemed sports casters, Super Bowl winners, and NCAA national champions.
In this article, we take a look at the best athletes from the Queen City who are still currently playing professionally.
- Stephen Curry: The first name on the list comes as a no-brainer. The son of former Hornets’ great, Dell Curry, and Charlotte Christian alumnus, Steph Curry headlines this list. The Golden State All-Star point guard can be best remembered for his magical NCAA tournament run in 2008, when he carried Davidson to three straight wins over heavily favored teams. Curry was drafted by the Warriors 7th overall and is now one of the best players in the NBA. He already holds the record for most three-point field goals made in a single season.
- Anthony Morrow: Something in Charlotte’s water must breed great shooters because the next name on our list is current Thunder shooting guard, Anthony Morrow. Morrow was born and raised in the Queen City, and played at Charlotte Latin before committing to Georgia Tech. Despite going undrafted in 2008, Morrow signed with Golden State and since has been one of the NBA’s best three-point shooters.
- Hakeem Nicks: Local legend Hakeem Nicks first made a name for himself at Independence high School where him, Chris Leak, and, Mohamed Massaquoi formed a literally unbeatable trio. Nicks, a top recruit, signed with UNC where he holds the record for most career receptions and most career touchdown receptions. Drafted in the first round by the Giants, Nicks quickly became a top receiver and was a huge part of New York’s Super Bowl run. If not for two down seasons in a row, Nicks would be higher on this list.
- Antawn Jamison: This Charlotte has made quite a name for himself since graduating from Providence High School. After being a star player for PHS, Jamison went on to play for UNC where in his junior year he was awarded both the Naismith and Wooden Awards. In 1998, Jamison was drafted 4th overall by the Raptors before being traded to the Warriors in exchange for fellow UNC great, Vince Carter. In his illustrious 16 year career, Antawn has been named to two All-Star teams and won the 6th Man of the Year award. Now in the twilight of his career, Jamison is a free agent looking for a place to play.
- Mohamed Massaquoi: Massaquoi joins fellow Independence alum, Hakeem Nicks, on the list. Massaquoi enjoyed a stellar career at the University of Georgia before being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round. In his rookie season, Mohamed lead Cleveland in receptions. Despite his strong play for the Browns, Massaquoi has yet to find significant playing time since leaving. He now plays for the Buffalo Bills.
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