The New Orleans Hornets hit the jackpot Wednesday night, winning the top pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The worst teams in the NBA went into the evening hoping for the best of luck in the lottery, which determines the order of the league's June 28 draft of college (and a few high school) players. The lottery was held at ABC's "Good Morning America" studio in New York.
The lottery is weighted, so the team with this season's worst record, the Charlotte Bobcats, had the best chance of getting the coveted No. 1 pick. But it's not a sure thing, as the Hornets' prize illustrates. The Hornets had the fourth-worst record this season but will select first; the Bobcats will choose second. Last year, the league's eighth-worst team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the lottery and were able to grab top-rated Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers were in the lottery again this year, as they failed to reach the playoffs despite having Irving.
Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis is widely expected to be the first pick in this year's draft. Other top prospects include Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson, Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal.
Here is how the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery shook out:
14. Houston Rockets
13. Phoenix Suns
12. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Portland Trail Blazers
10. New Orleans Hornets
9. Detroit Pistons
8. Toronto Raptors
7. Golden State Warriors
6. Brooklyn Nets to Portland
5. Sacramento Kings
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Washington Wizards
2. Charlotte Bobcats
1. New Orleans Hornets
Good job warriors draft another horrible white center
This lottery system is ridiculous. If you're the worst, you should select first. It's as simple as that. The NFL has it right.
i think it used to be worst team got the first pick but teams would sandbag to get worst record... made the season/games awful to watch. The lottery minimized the problem of throwing games to win the first pick.
Isn't it funny how David Stern the Commissioner and former "defacto" owner of the hornets, blocka a trade withe the Lakers in the name of what's good for league balance. Then trades Paul to the clippers for a couple of role players, and now the Hornets get the #1 pick. Things that make ya go HMMMM!
Hey N.O. Hornets need all the help they can get!! The CP3 trade was pretty horrible for the Hornets so this will definitely help the new ownership start over
Should be another boost for the city. Congrats.
This was rigged, the team the NBA owns gets the first pick? Let's go back to the Chris Paul trade, also regulated by David Stern, how corrupt this league is getting.. .. ..
Doesnt matter that Jordan lost out on the top pick. He would have selected Kwame Brown again anyway. -PVN
I feel the number one went to the right team; now the question is will they pick for the future or the quick fix now. peace.
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