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article imageNBA: New Orleans Hornets win 2012 draft lottery

By Layne Weiss     May 31, 2012 in Sports
New York - ESPN is reporting that the New Orleans Hornets won the 2012 draft lottery Wednesday night and will pick #1 in the NBA Draft on June 28.
The Hornets, who were recently sold to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, are almost certain to pick Anthony Davis, a 19-year old power forward out of Kentucky, ESPN reports.
In other draft lottery news, Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats, who finished with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, got the #2 pick, and the Washington Wizards got #3, The Washington Post reports.
According to ESPN, Charlotte may go after Anthony Davis' teammate, 18-year old small forward, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
"We will take the best player available and when you win seven games, you have a lot of holes," Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said. "From a competitive standpoint and from anyone who has played sports or been competitive, you want to win and be #1. We're still going to get a good player."
Bobcats vice chair Curtis Polk told ESPN they had not heard from the team's owner, NBA legend, Michael Jordan.
"Being #2 isn't terrible. We'll be fine," Polk said.
SB Nation columnist Tom Ziller is speculating that the Wizards will use the #3 pick to select Thomas Robinson, a forward from Kansas.
Other key players to take note of, according to, are Harrison Barnes, a small forward from North Carolina, Furkan Aldemir, a power forward from Turkey, and Bradley Beal, a guard from Florida.
CBS Sports is reporting the rest of the NBA teams will pick as follows:
#4 The Cleveland Cavaliers
#5 The Sacramento Kings
#6 The Portland Trailblazers (via the Brooklyn Nets)
#7 The Golden State Warriors
#8 The Toronto Raptors
#9 The Detroit Pistons
#10 The New Orleans Hornets (also #1)
#11 The Portland Trailblazers
#12 The Milwaukee Bucks
#13 The Phoenix Suns
#14 The Houston Rockets
#15-The Philadelphia 76ers
#16-The Houston Rockets
#17-The Dallas Mavericks
#18-The Minnesota Timberwolves
#19-The Orlando Magic
#20-The Denver Nuggets
#21 and #22-The Boston Celtics
#23-The Atlanta Hawks
#24-The Cleveland Cavaliers
#25-The Memphis Grizzlies
#26-The Indiana Pacers
#27-The Miami Heat
#28-The Oklahoma City Thunder
#29-The Chicago Bulls
#30-The Golden State Warriors
The Brooklyn Nets selected #6 in the lottery, but had to give it to the Portland Trailblazers as part of the Gerald Wallace trade deal, CBS Sports reports. The trade was top 3 protected.
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