Where are they now: The 2005-06 Oklahoma City Hornets

The 2005-06 Hornets were Oklahoma City's first NBA team. Jenni Carlson takes a look at where the players on that roster are now.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: February 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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The 2005-06 Hornets were Oklahoma City's first NBA team. Jenni Carlson takes a look at where the players on that roster are now.

Chris Andersen

Then: Reserve big man best known for his wild hair and tattoos. Slapped with a minimum two-year suspension by the NBA midway through the season for violating the league's drug policy.

Now: Reserve big man best known for his wild hair and tattoos. But seriously, The Birdman resurrected his career after the drug suspension. Productive years in Denver and Miami have followed.

Brandon Bass

Then: A little-used rookie out of LSU. Hornets coach Byron Scott once likened the 6-foot-8 forward's potential to that of then-defensive wiz Ben Wallace.

Now: In his third season with the Celtics after stints with the Mavs and Magic. Starting and averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.

P.J. Brown

Then: Starting center for the Hornets, averaging 9.0 points, 7.3 rebounds. Veteran presence. Consummate professional. Automatic on the elbow jumper.

Now: Retired in 2008 after one-year stints in Chicago and Boston. Won the only NBA title of his career with the Celtics. Living now in Louisiana, where he was raised.

Rasual Butler

Then: Shooting guard who largely came off the bench and was the Hornets' biggest three-point threat.

Now: Reserve with the Pacers, who signed him after he spent the entire 2012-13 season out of the NBA.

Speedy Claxton

Then: Journeyman point guard who was a fan favorite off the bench. Averaged a career high 12.3 points a game that season.

Now: Working for his alma mater as special assistant to the head coach with the Hofstra men's basketball team. Last played in the NBA with Atlanta in 2009.

Marcus Fizer

Then: Signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets in March, then was signed for the rest of the year. Played in only three games, the last ones of his NBA career.

Now: Playing for Guaros de Lara in the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League. Has also done stints in Spain, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Argentina and Bahrain.

Marc Jackson

Then: Journeyman big man averaged 9.1 points and brought a veteran presence to the locker room. One of the nicest guys in the league.

Now: Color analyst for college basketball games on CBS Sports Network. Last played in the NBA in 2007, then spent time playing in Greece, Russia and Spain.

Linton Johnson

Then: Joined the Hornets midseason in a trade that sent Bostjan Nachbar to the Nets. Hornets were his fourth team in three NBA seasons.

Now: Played three more NBA seasons for another four teams. Still playing with Pallacanestro Varese in Italy. Among his teammates: former Sooner Ebi Ere.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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