Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 8:22 pm  |  78 responses

New Orleans Hornets Win Lottery, Will Have No. 1 Pick in Draft

Good news, Hornets fans! Your favorite team won Wednesday night’s lottery, so chances are it’ll be selecting former Kentucky Wildcat big man Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft. Here’s this year’s lottery order:

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn Nets)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

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  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    NBA is rigged. The Heat will win the next 3 titles, it’s guaranteed now.

  • http://slamonline.com TBRK

    it was a Hornets logo on the back of every ball in the pot

  • bike

    I stink of gorilla juice all day. Errday.

  • http://slamonline.com Royal

    cosign caboose…

  • bike

    Emeka Okafor to the heat! Book It!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd


  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Well played, Stern. Well played.

  • KeviNfromSD

    This just in…Dwight Howard and Deron Williams to the New Orleans Hornets. #Sternswayornoway

  • blakos

    Who should Washington take?

    Beal, MKG. Slight punt on Drummond?

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Just cause the only team owned by the league won first pick in the league run lottery doesn’t mean the league wants to profit from its investment in itself.

  • ctk

    Better for the league Davis with the Hornets ..they got some talent already ..a good coach
    With the Bobcats he wont gone matter for atleast 5seasons min.

  • KeviNfromSD

    Well played Patrick Ewing.

  • anthony

    Cosign Caboose. First the lockout, then he kills the REAL CP3 trade, now in the deepest draft in years not only does he get the first pick,but he gets the tenth as well?? Stern has become a different animal and the same beast..You’re welcome (in my Kobe voice)

  • Rigged

    I had just said earlier today ” watch the Hornets get first pick” !!! so obvious I feel like not watching anymore NBA

  • http://dskfjlc.com Jukai
  • 20folife

    Honestly this is what’s best. He would have been overlooked in char and the team would still be horrible. NO has some nice pieces. If they can get got gordon to stay then they could possibly slip in that 8th spot next year. Jack,gordon,ariza,davis, kaman, isn’t a bad 5. And u could have that 10 pick come off the bench

  • Heals

    Love that the conspiracy theorists can go wild with the outcome (credence or not, it’s still fun), love the Maloofs and Prokhorov (sp?) giving us some eye candy and I know I’ll draw some negative reactions for this, but I rolled my eyes at DanGilbert bringing his youngster again for the cuteness/sympathy card…

  • http://cnbc.com New_Guy

    Am I the only that thinks Davis will be a total bust in the NBA? Too weak to handle post play in the NBA and his game is nowhere near versatile enough to score on decent post defenders. Him and Sullinger will be busts.

  • http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/brandonbombay/profile/ BrandonBombay

    what do they mean by via brooklyn nets

  • everything

    i was dreaming of a anthony davis and cousins backcourt or even a wall to davis combo for the wiz. i guess Anthony davis and eric gordon aint that bad right?

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  • riggs

    @New_guy: you havent watched much of davis then.

  • everything

    portland traded gerald wallace and couple of other players for a 1st rd pick

  • Steps Around Lue

    @brandonbombay…portland received the nets pick in a trade aka via brooklyn nets

  • http://www.slamonline.com keep it real

    Hornets cavs and blazers look good. Nets gm should be fired and replaced with Memphis bleek. How u gonna trade the #6 pick for a dude that’s gonna leave right after the season #stupid!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/D12FSU D12FSU

    An Erc Gordon – Unibrow combo will be nasty, Give those 2 time to grow together, they have the chance to make some noise

  • O

    C-sign keep it real. How the hell did the Nets trade a first round pick in one of the deepest drafts for Wallace? Is he really THAT much better – or younger – than anyone in the top 10 draft? That was one of the dumbest moves ever made.

  • Ronnie

    @New_guy – I am with you! Dude basically profited from playing on a stacked team in a mid-major conference at best. Very limited offensively, I don’t think any of these 19 year old kids are ready to take over, although the NBA is incredibly watered-down and more boring to watch than it has ever been. I mean, every one of these kids who leave early immediately begin talking about all the areas in which they need to improve. It has just gotten basically unbearable to watch, unless you are like 21 and under and this is the only NBA you know.

  • Trilla

    Davis would’ve been a perfect fit with Washington but oh well. I think the Wizards are gonna get Thomas Robinson (who’s from DC) now.

  • Aamir K.

    @Caboose but it would be funny if the Spurs swept the entire playoffs

  • everything

    owner of no saints bought the hornets?

  • Shem

    Cleveland and Sacramento are in the worst position. I see three maybe four actual difference makers. AD, MKG and Beal are the real deal, Barnes seems sporadic. I think Robinson and Drummond are busts waiting to happen.

  • MikeC.

    I didn’t watch much college ball this year, so I might have missed something about Davis that has everyone all hyped up. To me, his ceiling looks like the next Marcus Camby.

  • http://cnbc.com New_Guy

    I saw plenty of Davis. He’s to weak to be a dominant NBA player. If he does become a good player then Congrats to him but I don’t see it happening. Will someone please explain to me how he will be so good in the NBA?

  • Justin05

    I understand where you’re coming from New-Guy. I believe that Kidd-Gilchrist will become a better player overall than Anthony but Davis was probably just bored off college bball. He wants to save his body for the real league. As for all the NBA rigged talk, Stern might have had a hand in getting the Hornets a #1 pick but the players are who compete so the Heat will NOT win anything. The Spurs are too fresh, Tony Parker is the most underrated player in the game and will continue to sdominate for a few years

  • Justin05

    BOOK IT!

  • http://grantland.com StuBaby

    Benson: There’s no way I’m buying that piece of poop franchise.
    Stern: Have you ever heard of The Brow?
    Benson: Keep talking….

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  • http://grantland.com StuBaby

    And how do people not realize how much of a freak Davis is? He can affect so many different aspects of a basketball game. As long as he isn’t plagued by injuries he is going to be a perennial All-star at the least. Dude is 19 and has grown about 8 inches in the last 2 years and people are worried because he isn’t built like Vernon Davis.

  • gboy

    Davis will have an impact on the game defensively from day one, shoots 71% from the line so with good coaching he can extend his range. Plus the kid is still growing and evolving in his game. All great talents don’t have to score 30 to have an impact on the game.

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Rigged completely!! First the trades,then the allstar game, now this…come on now Stern just completely sweetend the pot! Btw I say Charlotte gets Harrison Barnes = next Durant and Davis = next Oden…I’m not fond of MGK..Bobcats needs a scorer!!

  • hero

    since jordan left the bulls after his sixth championship, the nba needed to MAKE things happen for profit. they need higher ratings and big market teams with star players to make deep playoff runs or win championships. they need to promote nba basketball all over again without jordan. its been an enetertainment, WWE style, more than a sport since jordan left. so no surprise here in the draft. other popular examples: see 2002 kings-lakers wcf, 2010 game 7 finals. even up to the patrick ewing draft.

  • Gaz

    @ BETCATS, lol lmao rofl lmfao roffl lofl BAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • hero

    Go WWE!!!… my bad, go NBA!!!

  • qwop

    the reffing in the boston heat game is unreal awful, dwayne thinks hes a boss, just wait till you get swept by the spurs you cry baby

  • Hanoon

    This lottery was the first time that I actually paid attention to the team’s representatives. If the Nets and Kings were in the top three, that would’ve been epic ;)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I can’t wait till the Spurs knock the hell out of this NBA finals run.

  • robb

    David Stern the invisible hand

  • http://ZOGS1.COM ZOGS1


  • iknowmybasketball

    David Stern is a gangsta

  • http://slamonline.com raylan

    The owners should do something about it.

  • T-Money

    they said kd was too weak. they said kg was too weak. they said bosh was too weak.

  • BBaller

    Is there a conspiracy in the NBA? One has to wonder, after watching the Heat v Celtics game there is undeniable favoritism towards the Heat. When they refer to Miami’s Big 3 do they mean the guys in black pants with whistles. Does Lebron ever foul? Yes though never gets called. Can wade make a shot without getting the and1, No!! OKC or The Spurs better drain all the oxygen out of the arenas so it doesn’t foul Wade.I didn’t know you could use your legs to kick the defender away, Rondo needs to bleed before a foul is called on him. This is coming from someone who doesn’t like the Celtics but like i said you have to wonder

  • Dingo Rob

    Golden State did ok it seems, can anyway suggest who they might take at 7?


    The NBA doesn’t own the hornents anymore the owner of the saints bought the team in Feb

  • neaorin

    C’mon guys, the Hornets were awarded the #1 pick for basketball reasons.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    We know Big, he also payed above market value for it and was given perks directly from the NBA for doing so. Like getting the All Star Game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I’m happy for Monty, he’s a good coach.

  • Hambone

    Stern blew up wtc 7 … Book it

  • L Dribble

    Did you see when the guy threw the New Orleans card hard against the barrel so Stern would know to pick it…no? Oh, that’s right we didn’t even get to see the lottery. Imagine a national lottery where they just say “the numbers are 10, 11, 35, 34, 65.” Where was this apparatus?: http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRckdlhebhOuCuv4WfVsfdtobXZr56yfkQoEEYELjodBa1f8dvXNg-VL9ha I had a 12 year hiatus of not watching the NBA and watching Miami play off games now is like watching the WWF sometimes. Even Michael Jordan got in foul trouble and averaged between 3 fouls a game in the playoffs. After averaging only 1.5 fouls a game in the reg season, LeBron is averaging 1.8 fouls a game in the playoffs and 0.8 against Indiana. That is unheard of, and watching him play I don’t think it is just because he is great defender. And this isn’t just conspiracy – One statistical analysis found that while he was playing in Cleveland, the likelihood of LeBron’s foul counts occurring with his minutes was less than one in a million. http://www.emptythebench.com/2010/01/26/lebron-james-fouls/ Rant over.

  • Gaz

    @BETCATS, haha

  • DreDay

    I Love Basketball, I HATE the NBA!!

  • cbb_fanatic

    Glad to see Davis going to the Hornets. I would have hated for him to start his career off in Charlotte, even though I know MJ is pissed. Now, all I need to happen is for the Bobcats to pick Thomas Robinson just so the Cavs can get MKG. And to all these people hating on Davis, you either didn’t watch the games (I say GAMES because some people like to watch Highlight Express and act like they know what’s going on), don’t like Calipari, or just mad because YOUR favorite team went nowhere. If Davis is not a threat offensively, then how do you explain him averaging 14.3 ppg on 60%FG, while shooting not the most, second, third, or fourth, but FIFTH most shots on the team? How do you explain him breaking Shaq’s blocking record and impacting a championship game on blocks, rebounds, assists, and steals alone? You know, they don’t just GIVE Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards away as part of a popularity contest. You have to EARN it, just like Davis EARNED his starting position, EARNED his awards, and EARNED the No.1 lottery pick. He played his role and it worked out for him. Just because you didn’t see him do certain moves or plays doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t be able to do it. It’s not like he was a ball hog that tried to take over and showboat. He sacrificed himself for his team and now he’s getting his just due.

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  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Bobcats got Bismack and Tyrus anyways..Robinson won’t fit,MGK or Barnes could work..sleeper pick is Austin Rivers..a playmaker who can get his shot off

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist is a better pick for the Bobcats and if I was Hornets I would trade the pick to get Austin Rivers or Kidd-Gilchrist. Hornets don’t need Davis, he might end up being a better Tyson Chandler. Rivers and Kidd-Gilchrist have more upside to me in the NBA.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    BK Nets really screwed themselves. If they can’t get Dwight and Deron bolts, they’ll easily be the worst team in the league.

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  • Nate C

    all you guys screaming conspiracy are stupid, the league no longer owns The Hornets

  • http://www.MARCA.com MAS

    If the Bobcats are smart they send the #2 pick to Portland for the two lottery picks the blazers have. At least make an offer. If you couldn’t land the #1 pick the might as well get two good players in a deep draft. If the Blazers pair up MKG with L.A. it could be a good one-two punch. Like back in the day with B. Roy.

  • Matt Park

    Looks like the Warriors keep their protected pick..

  • LA Huey

    If the draft lottery was rigged…the Knicks would have landed a top-3 pick in the ’03 lottery.
    If the draft lottery was rigged…the Celtics would have landed a top 2 pick in the 2007 draft.
    If the draft lottery was rigged…the Celtics (not the small-market-already-had-a-HOFer-center Spurs) would have landed the top pick in the Duncan draft.

  • R32

    NBA owns the Hornets and they jump from 4 to 1 on the draft board. Interesting.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    The NBA doesn’t own the Hornets, and Monty isn’t a good coach.. Chris Paul is.

  • http://xkylex73895 wagers

    Cosign MAS, I like that
    As a Wizards fan, if Beal isn’t there at 2 then you draft Doron Lamb in the Second Round and get Royce White at three in my opinion. He will be effective immediately and give us the scoring we need, or even Thomas Robinson for that matter but i’d rather have Royce White. Hopefully we can get at least one steal in free agency this year.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Now let’s see if they can keep Gordon.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ 1982.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Primoz Brezec

    There is only an agreement to buy the team, Benson has not actually purchased the team yet. He could back out at anytime.