|Hornets coach Monty Williams and new owner Tom Benson react to winning the NBA Draft Lottery. (Getty Images)|
Party on, New Orleans.
The New Orleans Hornets won the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery in New York City on Wednesday night, earning the right to select the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this year's class, University of Kentucky big man Anthony Davis. The Charlotte Bobcats landed the No. 2 selection and the Washington Wizards followed with the No. 3 pick.
Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with the results, as the Hornets were owned and operated by the NBA before agreeing to a sale to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson in April.
The 2012 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 28, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The Hornets hopped up from the No. 4 position after finishing the 2011-2012 season with a record of 21-45. They entered the lottery with a 13.7 percent chance of earning the No. 1 selection. The Hornets were represented at the lottery by coach Monty Williams.
The Bobcats dropped from the No. 1 position in the lottery order after finishing the 2011-2012 season with a league-worst record of 7-59. They entered the lottery with a 25 percent chance of earning the No. 1 selection. Charlotte was represented at the lottery by GM Rich Cho.
The Washington Wizards dropped from the No. 2 position in the lottery order after finishing the 2011-2012 season with a record of 20-46. They entered the lottery with a 19.9 percent chance of earning the No. 1 selection. Washington was represented at the lottery by Zach Leonsis, the son of Wizards owner Ted Leonsis.
Only the top three picks are determined by the lottery. Picks 4-to-14 are handed out in order of worst regular season record to best regular season record for teams not selected into the top three picks.
Here's the full 2012 NBA Draft order:
|Pick||Team||Percent chance at top pick|