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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. Mr. Wright 212 - May 30, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Nets fans (including you future bandwagoners):


    Deron is gone.

  2. hojo20 - May 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Anytime Jay-Z is a loser, I’m happy.

  3. dal24la - May 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I think the phrase “You can’t win for losing” perfectly applies to the Bobcats in this case lol.

  4. lakerluver - May 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    The Hornets?! Really, Stern, after the CP3 deal got nixed??!!! Looks like the fix was on!…….Whomever MJ picks is pretty assured of being a bust since he knows absolutely nothing about evaluating talent………The Nets are royally SCREWED!! They have nothing but scrubs to offer up for D12. That means bye bye D. Will, and so long Gerald Wallace. At least they’ll have a brand new, EMPTY arena……..Personally, I wanted the Pistons, Cavs, or Wizards to get the chance to pick A. Davis. That kid is gonna be a star in the league!!

  5. knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Nets should fire Billy King and replace him with a real GM.

  6. biasedhomer - May 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Are you surprised the Hornets, a league run team looking to make the team attractive for someone to buy it, got the 1st overall?

    • cullenand99 - May 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Tom Benson bought the team nearly two months ago

      • tsi431 - May 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

        No they have not the league still owns the team. Tom Benson gave a 10% down payment as good faith so far.

      • cullenand99 - May 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Tom Benson agreed to buy the team two months ago. There, happy?
        Seriously, I don’t see why everybody is saying the draft was rigged. Y’all are acting as if the Hornets had the 14th spot and had a .5% chance at getting #1. The Bobcats had a 75% chance that they didn’t get the first pick, somebody had to.

    • blueintown - May 31, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Yeah, Tom Benson spent $340 million dollars simply for the right to pick someone who may or may not be an NBA basketball player. Get a clue.

  7. dirtybird2020 - May 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Theyve already been bought buddy

  8. rollteal - May 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Someone was late to the NBA ownership party..
    Anyways Hornets get one over on the poor Bobcats again.

  9. foozeball - May 30, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    It doesn’t matter when the team was bought or sold. This could not be more rigged. How else could David Stern convince Tom Benson, who already has a lot of controversy on his hands surrounding the Saints bounty allegations, to buy another sports franchise.

    “Alright, I’ll tell you what Tom, buy the team and I’ll throw in the first pick of the draft. Gordon is restricted free agent, so you’ll be able to retain him easily, and you’ll have another young star to build the team around.”

    • bchapman2011 - May 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Hey mr conspiracy theory….who shot kennedy?

      • knightrider1755 - May 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        I don’t know who shot Kennedy but I think foozeball is right on this one.

  10. acdc363 - May 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I think I can live with this. A starting 5 of Jack, Gordon, Ariza, Davis and Kaman/Okafor ain’t too shabby. Vasquez, Belinelli, Landry and Jason Smith off the bench. Could be interesting.

    • adzs - May 31, 2012 at 4:26 AM

      Your forgetting our 2nd pick 10 overall…Really hope its Kendall Marshall to pair with gordon or vasquez at any given time and have Jack play the veteran mentor role…in any case the Future just got really bright 😀

  11. cmdrsmooth - May 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Nets gamble was a dumb mistake. Fire the GM and their dumb ownership for allowing those stupid trades. They gave away some quality young talent. Go Brooklyn!

  12. rushbacker - May 30, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Dang. The Nyets look poised to swirl even further down the toilet. That’s going to be a complete train wreck if they can’t re-sign Williams.

    • bigzant82 - May 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      i feel bad for the nj-bk fans no stars equal no tix sales with dem ugly uni’s

  13. bigmeechy74 - May 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    I like how he says about Charlotte it is “not a huge loss” to settle for #2. Nah it’s no biggie. Missing out on Davis isn’t that big of a deal. It probably won’t set them back at all. It’s a HUGE loss.

  14. bchapman2011 - May 30, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    How in the world can the author say that charlotte dropping to #2 is not a big deal? It is a devastating blow that will set jordan and the franchise back several more years. They just lost the only franchise elite player in the draft.

  15. dallascowboysfan101 - May 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Where r da kings in this?????😡

  16. vstyle23 - May 31, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    A Davis will be way better than Dwight. Mark this post

  17. camiller85 - May 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    The Bobcats should trade that pick for a proven player in the league already. Its obvious they dont know what the hell to do with draft picks lol!

  18. Justin - May 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    “I’ve got 99 problems but the first pick ain’t one”


  19. danielcp0303 - May 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    To the people saying that Tom Benson is already the owner of the Hornets, that’s not true. League still controls the Hornets. The sale has not been made official yet.

    • knightrider1755 - May 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      It will be now.

  20. jonirocit - May 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Do we need further proof that the nba is just like wwe? Really a lottery that a team that the league had to beg someone to buy gets the first pick? I see them sitting around the table saying look Tom if you take the deal we are offering today only we will throw in a first round pick and a couple of trade vetoes and 1 all-star game . Funny thing is he should have held out for more other owners were sick of having a parasite like this franchise .

  21. cosanostra71 - May 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Jay-Z has 99 problems, and a winning basketball team is one.

  22. AlohaMrHand - May 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Airless Jordan.

  23. bleed4philly - May 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Lottery = NBA controls who gets what. Benson said he’d buy the team, on condition they get the #1 pick, don’t kid yourselves.

  24. heathater4lifeson - May 31, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    “winners” and “golden state warriors” don’t really go together

  25. fanz928 - May 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    The first and tenth pick watchout for hornets next year

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