NBA Draft 2012
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  • The New Orleans Hornets have won the 2012 NBA lottery and presumably the rights to draft Kentucky star Anthony Davis.

    The lottery went without any surprise until pick No. 4. The Cleveland Cavaliers were announced in the fourth slot, which means that the New Orleans Hornets were the only team lucky enough to jump into the Top Three.

    This is a big win for the Hornets, as they embark on a new era with new ownership. This is the second time the franchise has had the No. 1 overall selection. They chose Larry Johnson first overall in 1991.

    First Round

    1. New Orleans Hornets

    2. Charlotte Bobcats

    3. Washington Wizards

    4. Cleveland Cavaliers

    5. Sacramento Kings

    6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn Nets)

    7. Golden State Warriors

    8. Toronto Raptors

    9. Detroit Pistons

    10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota Timberwolves)

    11. Portland Trail Blazers

    12. Milwaukee Bucks

    13. Phoenix Suns

    14. Houston Rockets

    15. Philadelphia 76ers

    16. Houston Rockets (via New York Knicks)

    17. Dallas Mavericks

    18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz)

    19. Orlando Magic

    20. Denver Nuggets

    21. Boston Celtics

    22. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers)

    23. Atlanta Hawks

    24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers)

    25. Memphis Grizzlies

    26. Indiana Pacers

    27. Miami Heat

    28. Oklahoma City Thunder

    29. Chicago Bulls

    30. Golden State Warriors (via San Antonio Spurs)

    Second Round

    31. Charlotte Bobcats

    32. Washington Wizards

    33. Cleveland Cavaliers

    34. Cleveland Cavaliers (via New Orleans Hornets)

    35. Golden State Warriors (via Brooklyn Nets)

    36. Sacramento Kings

    37. Toronto Raptors

    38. Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks)

    39. Detroit Pistons

    40. Portland Trail Blazers (via Houston Rockets)

    41. Portland Trail Blazers

    42. Milwaukee Bucks

    43. Atlanta Hawks (via Phoenix Suns)

    44. Detroit Pistons (via Houston Rockets)

    45. Philadelphia 76ers

    46. Washington Wizards (via Dallas Mavericks)

    47. Utah Jazz

    48. New York Knicks

    49. Orlando Magic

    50. Denver Nuggets

    51. Boston Celtics

    52. Golden State Warriors (via New Jersey Nets)

    53. Los Angeles Clippers

    54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Memphis Grizzlies)

    55. Dallas Mavericks (via Los Angeles Lakers)

    56. Toronto Raptors

    57. New Jersey Nets (via Miami Heat)

    58. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Oklahoma City Thunder)

    59. San Antonio Spurs

    60. Los Angeles Lakers (via Chicago Bulls)

    Three Teams That Must Make Smart Lottery Picks

    Charlotte Bobcats, Pick No. 2

    The Bobcats have to find something to build on because this is a franchise on the verge of becoming a dynasty—and I mean a dynasty of suck.

    They are coming off of a season where they set the NBA record for worst winning percentage in league history, and they have little reason to hope things will turn around.

    The Bobcats are bound by some bad contracts, and they don’t have a solid core of young players to be excited about.

    Charlotte should be able to change that here and pair another young stud with last year’s first-round selection, Kemba Walker.

    New Orleans Hornets, Picks No. 1 and 10

    A big part of the Hornets’ plan to reshape their roster when they traded Chris Paul was to do so with draft picks. That starts with these two lottery selections.

    This is a huge pick for the franchise, as it embarks on a new era and looks to entrench itself in New Orleans.

    This team has a nice, young piece in shooting guard Eric Gordon, but it is in danger of losing him since he is a restricted free agent.

    The Hornets have to land a cornerstone to their team in this draft.

    Sacramento Kings, Pick No. 5

    The Kings are in a terrible position right now. The future home of this team is very much up in the air, with the latest arena deal in Sacramento falling dead, and it’s not like this is an extremely attractive franchise as they are currently constructed.

    However, they do have some considerable young talent with DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas. Throw in another excellent player from this lottery, and the Kings have a solid foundation.

    That will give this franchise a solid base, as it will likely begin a new era in a new town shortly.

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