The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North The original Hornets franchise was established in as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. In , Shinn's franchise relocated to Team colors : Dark purple, teal, cool gray, black. List of Charlotte Hornets seasons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jump to: navigation, search. The Charlotte Hornets are a professional. The original Charlotte Hornets of the National The first pick in the Hornets' history was Rex Chapman, a shooting.