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

Maciej Lampe

Then: Reserve big man who played in only two games, then was traded to Houston for Moochie Norris in February.

Now: Plays for FC Barcelona in Italy along with former Hornet Bostjan Nachbar.

Arvydas Macijauskas

Then: Signed as a free agent after nearly a decade in overseas leagues. The reserve shooting guard's season in OKC was his only one in the NBA.

Now: After playing several years in Greece, injuries forced him to retire.

Desmond Mason

Then: The former OSU standout was traded to the Hornets from the Bucks right before the regular season. Started 55 games and was an instant fan favorite.

Now: Was such a fan favorite as a Hornet, the Thunder traded for him, too. Retired in 2010. Now a renowned artist and community icon who lives in Oklahoma City.

Bostjan Nachbar

Then: Part-time starter who was sent to the Nets in February in a trade that brought Marc Jackson and Linton Johnson to OKC.

Now: Plays for FC Barcelona in Italy along with former Hornet Maciej Lampe. Has also played in Russia, Turkey and Germany.

Moochie Norris

Then: Traded to the Hornets in February from the Rockets. Played sparingly as a third point guard.

Now: Runs a basketball academy in Houston. Bounced around the CBA and overseas leagues before retiring in 2008.

Chris Paul

Then: Rookie point guard took Oklahoma City and the NBA by storm.

Now: Arguably the best point guard on the planet in his third season with the Clippers.

J.R. Smith

Then: Second-year shooting guard fell out of favor with coach Byron Scott, going from starter to buried on the bench.

Now: In his third season with the Knicks after five seasons with the Nuggets. Has averaged double figures every year of his career — except his lone one in OKC.

Kirk Snyder

Then: Second-year swingman started 45 games when Smith landed in the doghouse. Best known for his dunk on Von Wafer.

Now: Spent nearly two years in jail after being convicted with aggravated burglary after breaking into a home in Ohio. Bounced around foreign leagues after that but hasn't played professionally since 2011.

Jackson Vroman

Then: Reserve forward played in 41 games before breaking his right wrist when he crashed to the court during a game.

Now: Starting center for the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons in China. Never played in the NBA again after his broken wrist.

David West

Then: Starting forward led the Hornets in scoring (17.1 points) and rebounding (7.4 rebounds).

Now: Bruising veteran in his third season with the Pacers. Played eight seasons with the Hornets before moving to Indiana.

Aaron Williams

Then: Came to OKC midseason in a trade with Toronto. “The A-Train” played 34 games, starting two in the post.

Now: Played his final NBA season in 2008. Worked as a temporary assistant coach at Xavier, his alma mater, in 2011 while a full-time assistant recovered from health problems.

Byron Scott

Then: In his second year with the Hornets, the coach became beloved for voicing his belief that the Hornets should stay in OKC.

Now: Out of basketball this year after being fired last summer after three seasons in Cleveland.

Jeff Bower

Then: In the first season of his second stint as Hornets general manager. Never shy about making moves.

Now: Head men's basketball coach at Marist. Remained the Hornets' GM until 2009-10, also acting as head coach after Scott was fired that season.

by Jenni Carlson
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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