The rebuilding project of the New Orleans Hornets was put on the fast-track on Wednesday night; as the team from the “Big Easy” won the number one selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, as the ping-pong balls came up in their favor in the Association’s Draft Lottery. The Hornets, who lost two key players before the season started as forward David West signed as a Free Agent with the Indiana Pacers; while the team traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hornets will also receive the tenth pick in the first round courtesy of that deal; as they received a first round selection from Los Angeles that was originally the property of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Expectations are that the Hornets will take University of Kentucky big man Anthony Davis with the pick; the first time they have chosen number one in the Draft since choosing Larry Johnson in 1991, when the team was still playing in Charlotte. The franchise that now plays in the North Carolina city; the Charlotte Bobcats got the second pick in the Draft; despite finishing the regular season with the worst record in the Association at 7-59.
Rounding out the top five picks in the Lottery; the Washington Wizards will have the third pick in the Draft which will be held on June 28. Last year’s Lottery winners; the Cleveland Cavaliers will end up picking fourth in this year’s process, while the Sacramento Kings ended up with the fifth selection.