New Orleans Hornets win NBA Draft Lottery
If Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis truly is a lock to be the No. 1 overall pick in June 28’s NBA draft as has been reported, then come this fall, he’ll be plying his trade in the same city where he and the Wildcats cut down the NCAA nets this past April.
That city is of course New Orleans, which saw its hometown Hornets win Wednesday’s NBA Draft Lottery and earn the right to select Davis (or whoever they would like) with the No. 1 pick. The Hornets, who had the fourth-best odds of winning the Lottery at 13.7 percent, will be making the top overall selection for just the second time in franchise history, their only other No. 1 overall choice being Larry Johnson in 1991.
“We’ve had a lot of good stuff happen to us in the past few weeks, including the Benson family taking over our team,” Hornets head coach Monty Williams said moments after the results were announced, “and we just feel blessed to be in this position. It’s great for our city, and we’re really excited.”
Davis, who was the NCAA's National Player of the Year and helped lead Kentucky past Kansas to win the NCAA Tournament in "The Big Easy" roughly eight weeks ago, has been rumored to be the consensus No. 1 selection since he declared for the draft – regardless of who was selecting there.
But when asked about his early thoughts on the No. 1 pick, Williams was coy but non-committal.
“I’m going to give you the typical coach’s answer: I have to go back and look at the film, and then we’ll make a good decision,” he said.
The Hornets will also have a second lottery pick at No. 10, a selection that came to them from the Los Angeles Clippers (via Minnesota) in the Chris Paul deal last December. So, in addition to potentially nabbing Davis the team will also have a chance to grab another elite player, potentially even one of Davis’ five teammates who have also declared for the draft.
“This is just the first step for us to win it all,” new Hornets owner Tom Benson laughed.
The full draft order from No. 1 to 14: New Orleans, Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland (via Brooklyn), Golden State, Toronto, Detroit, New Orleans (from Los Angeles via Minnesota), Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and finally Houston.
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