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Hornets, Warriors Draft Lottery winners. Nets lose. Again.

May 30, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

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In a draft lottery that stayed to form — the only shift was New Orleans from fourth to first — there are still winners. And there are still losers. The only difference is it is based more on what you did going into the draft then the luck of the ping-pong balls. If you gambled on a good result, you got snake eyes.

So who won and who lost. Lets take a look.

Winner: New Orleans Hornets. They get the top pick. They get Anthony Davis, the franchise changing big man to go up front. They can market the unibrow. This is a franchise that was in such bad shape a couple years ago that the league had to buy it to keep it in the city. Now they have a new, committed owner in Tom Benson, a great young coach in Monty Williams, and don’t forget they got maybe the best young two-guard in the league in Eric Gordon as part of the Chris Paul trade. There’s a lot of work to do, but the Hornets are now officially a team on the rise.

Loser: Brooklyn Nets. They traded their first round pick in this draft to get Gerald Wallace and the only way they got to keep it is if it was top three. No dice, Portland gets the pick. Wallace, by the way, is a free agent who could leave the Nets this summer. Remember the Nets also gave up a couple lottery picks to get Deron Williams from the Jazz last year. Deron Williams who also is a free agent and could leave the team. And now they don’t have any first round picks this year to throw in for Orlando if they want to try and trade for Dwight Howard.

The Nets could strike out this summer and have nothing to sell when they move into their new Brooklyn arena. Except for Jay-Z.

Winner: Golden State Warriors. They had a deal with Utah — if the pick was in the top 7 Golden State got to keep it, if it was 8 or lower it went to Utah. The Warriors tanked at the end of the season (finished 1-11) to get into that spot, they just couldn’t have anybody leapfrog them at the lottery. There was a 28 percent chance someone could cost the team it’s first round pick. They got lucky.

Loser: Charlotte Bobcats. Not a huge loss, but they go from having the sure-fire Davis at No. 1 to having to make a more difficult choice at No. 2. Do they take Andre Drummond, the talented UConn big man who has a high ceiling but didn’t always show a lot of passion and fire in college? Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will bring it hard every night and defend, but he doesn’t have the same ceiling. No easy call for them now, no sure thing.

  1. mungman69 - May 31, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    My daughter could run the Nets better than this. New Jersey didn’t lose anything.

  2. abchome - May 31, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    This conflict of interests should never happen again. Phil Jackson was dead right and rewarded a fine…

  3. mungman69 - May 31, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    I doubt that the lottery was rigged. But it does make for some interesting chatter. They should throw Billy King out of the league. First he screws up the 76ers and now he has destroyed the Nets.
    Where do they get some of these GMs?

  4. sroberts7d - May 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    i loce that everybody is ralking about jayz but he only owns 2% of the team!

  5. lancer255 - May 31, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I don’t understand how Billy King is able to get a job as GM in the league. I wouldn’t let him GM my fantasy team. Forget about the Wallace deal, I’d D Will walks look at what he gave up for him. If he would of done nothing it would have been better.

  6. loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    i don’t think the lottery was rigged. just not a conspiracy-type guy…though its fun speculation.

    i’m happy for the hornets and hope they build a stable squad where Davis would be proud to stay at his entire career.

    but…remember folks, there is no sure thing. lets take a look at some past drafts:

    2005: #1 Bogut, #2 Marvin Williams
    2006: #1 Bargnani
    2007: #1 Oden
    2008: #2 Beasley
    2009: #2 Thabeet

    the point is…the winner, right now, 5/31/2012, are the Hornets…but in 2+ years…who knows…

  7. jerdogthompson - May 31, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I have a theory. I would venture to say that nearly every person claiming that Stern “rigged” the Lottery are Faker fans still sore about CP3. Tell ya what tools, do yourselves a favor and research the REAL reason that trade fell through. Jason Smith, that’s right. Or better yet continue to be conspiracy theorists and enjoy watching the Fakers crumble into obscurity. Enjoy

    • loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      I’m one of the biggest Laker fans here and I don’t think the draft was rigged…

      “…and enjoy watching the Fakers crumble into obscurity. Enjoy” HAHA…yeah…I’ve been hearing that for years. Still waiting for the sky to fall in LaLa Land buddy. and IF they do fall into obscurity for a couple years, the 7 Finals trips in the past 12 years will hold me over.

  8. jerdogthompson - May 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Well loungefly, allow me to be the first to congratulate you on being the first sensible sounding Laker fan. My comments were directed at the other 99% of the tools trolling the board claiming in perpetuity Laker dominance. If you’re capable of handling the next couple years and are still a fan, then you would be a TRUE fan. Again part of the 1% club.

    • teehov843 - May 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      jerdogthompson is a HATER!!! Who’s your team? Let me guess…Probably the Cryami Heat! I’m a Laker fan and to think that the Lakers will crumble in obscurity is blasphemous! LOL!!! The Lakers will be relevant far past our life times! LOL!!! Silly Haters! LAL4LIFE!

    • loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Laker for life, my friend. I’ve already endured a few dry spells (mid 90’s and mid 2000’s) so i know its just impossible for a team to be great year in n’ year out. i realize that. i also admit that i beat my chest a little harder when they do good, i’d expect any fan of their team to do that. (cue Spurs fans)

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