Hornets win No. 1 pick in NBA Draft
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Hornets coach Monty Williams called his team blessed.
The Charlotte Bobcats probably feel a little snakebit.
The Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery on Wednesday night, jumping three other teams for the right to pick No. 1.
The top prize is likely to be Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis, the Naismith Trophy winner who leads a deep pool of college talent eligible to be taken next month.
The Bobcats, after the worst season in NBA history, will pick No. 2 despite having a 25 percent chance to land the top selection.
The Washington Wizards, who had a 19.9 percent chance to win the lottery will pick third and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 13.8 percent chance, settled for the fourth pick.
The Hornets had a slightly worse chance to win the No. 1 pick than Cleveland after going 21-45 for the Western Conference's worst record.
The team was recently purchased by Tom Benson, owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, who have dominated headlines in the city after it was discovered they ran a bounty program.
Benson was on hand, but Williams sat behind the team's podium and stood with representatives from the Bobcats and Wizards as NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver announced the last three picks.
The Hornets will also have the No. 10 selection.
"We just feel blessed to be in this position," Williams said on the ESPN broadcast. "It's great for our city and great for the state of Louisiana."
Picks No. 5-14 went to the Kings, Nets, Warriors, Raptors, Pistons, Hornets, Trail Blazers, Bucks, Suns and Rockets in that order. The Nets' No. 6 pick goes to the Trail Blazers.
Davis is viewed as a can't-miss prospect after a star-making season in which he led the Wildcats to the national title.
In fact, all five Kentucky starters from the championship team declared for the draft, including fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, also seen as a probable top-five pick.
The Bobcats ended the season by losing a franchise-record 23 straight games and finished 7-59 for the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history.
They won't get to pick No. 1, but there is plenty of talent to choose from in a deep class that also includes Kansas' Thomas Robinson, North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Florida's Bradley Beal and Connecticut's Andre Drummond.
The draft is June 28.
The Cleveland Cavaliers chose Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the top pick last year and he went on to win Rookie of the Year.
This year's draft was held in New York for the first time since 1993 at the Disney/ABC Times Square Studio.
Its previous home, the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, no longer houses a television studio.
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