The New Orleans Hornets have won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery and the opportunity to select the first overall pick this year, beating out the Charlotte Bobcats, who will select second overall. The consensus #1 overall prospect is Kentucky freshman and NCAA player of the year PF Anthony Davis.
Here is the full draft lottery order:
1. New Orleans
6. Portland (via Brooklyn)
7. Golden State
10. New Orleans (via Minnesota)
The Bobcats went in to the lottery with the best chance to win the #1 overall pick after posting the worst winning percentage in NBA history. The Hornets also struggled during the 2011-2012 season after trading franchise player Chris Paul to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Faruq Aminu.
Davis would give the Hornets an immediate post presence to rebuild the franchise under for new owner Tom Benson, who purchased the team in March. The Bobcats are also in a rebuilding period and have a number of options for the #2 overall pick, including Thomas Robinson and forward Harrison Barnes, who played at North Carolina, the alma mater at Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.