Hornets win draft lottery – will likely draft Anthony Davis



By Tyler Spanyer

Wednesday nights annual NBA Draft Lottery ended with the New Orleans Hornets claiming the number one pick and theoretically former UK star Anthony Davis.

Aside from the Hornets, the other big winner was the Trailblazers who have two top-11 picks in the draft after trading an aging Gerald Wallace to Brooklyn for the pick. The Bobcats lost out in the end by not getting the top pick, but still will pick second with a chance to pick up Davis’s teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

There are already numerous mock drafts, and all of them have Davis going number one. Davis also thinks he will go number one, commenting following the draft on how it will be cool to go back to New Orleans where he won an NCAA title just two months ago.

The real debate among analysts is who will go number two. Gilchrist seems to be the obvious pick, but many NBA scouts are saying that teams are very interested in former University of Florida guard Bradley Beal.

The best case scenario for Gilchrist is that the Bobcats front office messes up and takes Beal, because that would leave the Wizards to take Gilchrist in the number three spot. Which would unite him with former number one pick, and UK star John Wall.

Other former Kentucky players draft projections are interesting, because nothing is set in stone and there are still a lot of workouts and combines to come.

Jones is projected by ESPN to go number 16 in the draft to the Houston Rockets, but The analysis some say he could go as high as number seven if he performs well in his workouts.

Marquis Teague is projected to go number 26 to the Indiana Pacers. Teague is an Indy native and would give a much needed boost to the Pacers backcourt.

Doron Lamb is projected by ESPN as a possible late first-round entry. Lamb is almost a lock to move into the first round because of his shooting accuracy, shooting 47 percent from behind the arc in his two years with the Cats. Many experienced and deep teams that draft late in the first round could use a specialist with that skill.

Darius Miller could sneak in to the first round, despite not currently being projected there. UK head coach John Calipari believes that Miller will be a first round pick and whoever gets him will win a title with him. “Darius is a winner,” Calipari stated in a recent interview with WKYT in Lexington.

The Cats are number one in all-time draft picks with 100 total. Calipari has had seven players drafted in the first round in his first two years at Kentucky, and could add possibly five more this year.

The NBA Draft takes place on June 28, and will be televised on ESPN.

NBA Draft Lottery Results

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trailblazers (from Brooklyn Nets)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets (from Minnesota Timberwolves)

11. Portland Trailblazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets