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The order has been decided, the workouts are piling up and the 2012 NBA Draft is only weeks away. Let's mock.
After winning Wednesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, the New Orleans Hornets were awarded the No. 1 pick on June 28, and are all but certain to select former Kentucky Wildcat center Anthony Davis.
Over at SB Nation's AtTheHive.com, our own Royan Cruyff has already become enamored by the unibrow and is encouraging Hornets fans do the same and brow down.
Over on Twitter, Cruyff is continuing to display an uncanny ability to eloquently articulate his feelings and excitement for the Hornets. This was what his Twitter feed looked like just moments after the Hornets logo was unveiled from the envelope announcing the No. 1 pick:
Many are predicting Davis will re-shape the franchise as a budding superstar new owner Tom Benson can build around. Among the loud noises billowing out from Hornets fans is some pretty practical and level-headed commentary on what Davis to the Hornets could mean.
Lets geaux Hornets! Gordon and Davis is about a solid foundation as you can get - @Pueblo88
Am I crazy to think a backcourt of the Commish and the Coaches Son could work? - @RedHopeful
Whether you're a Hornets fan needing a place to comfortably say weird things about how thrilled you are for the Anthony Davis Era, or a Bobcats fans looking to troll, be sure to drop a comment over at AtTheHive.com.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets finished the 2011-12 season with identical 21-45 records. Due to NBA draft lottery rules, the two teams had to combine 275 lottery combinations and split them, with the winner of a coin flip winning the spare. The winner of the coin flip would also get the first set of combinations sequentially, while the loser would get the next set. These don't matter in probabilities or odds at all, but it's just a reality.
The Hornets lost the coin flip, and got the second set of combinations. The winning combination -- the one that will station Anthony Davis in New Orleans for the next several years -- came from that set.
Had Cleveland lost the coin flip, they'd have two straight No. 1 picks, a rare occurrence that, in this case, would have given the Cavaliers the best young point guard since Derrick Rose and the best young big man since Dwight Howard. It would have been a hellacious rebound from the salad days of the Cavaliers' post-LeBron existence.
Alas, a lucky coin flip turned out to be just the opposite, and New Orleans will reap the rewards.
For more on the Cavs, visit Fear The Sword.
The Charlotte Bobcats' entire season built up to this moment: when they'd find out if they'd be blessed with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and the right to pick up phenom Anthony Davis. They were not so blessed.
Charlotte didn't fall far -- just to the No. 2 spot, unlike the 2009 Sacramento Kings, who fell from No. 1 to No. 4 -- but the path forward is nonetheless murky.
The Bobcats have needs at essentially every position. The best prospects on the roster are 2011 first-round picks Bismack Biyombo (a defensive big man) and Kemba Walker (a scoring guard), but those two might not rate among the top three building blocks on other young squads. Davis is a franchise cornerstone; the prospects left at No. 2 could be great, but aren't sure things, and aren't likely instant fate-changers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and even Andre Drummond are expected to be the popular names there. But again -- none of those guys bring the overwhelming hope and promise of Davis. This is rough start to the offseason.
For more on the Bobcats, visit Rufus On Fire. Pray for Cardboard Gerald.
The New Orleans Hornets will pick No. 1 in the 2012 NBA draft after winning the lottery on Wednesday. Kentucky big man Anthony Davis is a unanimous, unquestioned choice at No. 1.
The Charlotte Bobcats, who had the worst season in NBA history, won the No. 2 pick and the Washington Wizards won the No. 3 spot. The Cleveland Cavaliers won a coin flip against the Hornets that, in the end, dropped them to No. 4. After that, the pre-lottery order held to form.
Here's the full draft order for the first round.
1. New Orleans
10. New Orleans (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
12. Milwaukee Bucks
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets
16. Houston (via New York Knicks)
17. Dallas Mavericks
18. Minnesota (via Utah Jazz)
19. Orlando Magic
20. Denver Nuggets
21. Boston Celtics
22. Boston (via L.A. Clippers)
23. Atlanta Hawks
24. Cleveland (via L.A. Lakers)
26. Indiana Pacers
27. Miami Heat
29. Chicago Bulls
30. Golden State via San Antonio Spurs
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that Deron Williams would stay with the New Jersey Nets only if Dwight Howard was brought on board from the Orlando Magic. That bit of reporting apparently came as news to the point guard, who refuted Wojnarowski's claim later in the afternoon via Twitter.
"I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I'm thinking then I do maybe they can help me decide?"
Wojnarowski reported that even if the Nets win the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday night's 2012 NBA Draft lottery, Williams may look to play somewhere else next season. Wojnarowski also reported that New Jersey would be willing to deal consensus first overall pick Anthony Davis out of Kentucky in an effort to acquire Howard.
The 2012 NBA Draft lottery will take place on Wednesday night at 8 p.m., which should provide some clarity to mock drafts that currently have the picks in order of team records. Of course, those mock drafts are instructive, because many of the teams will still be locked into similar selections.
(Note: Ziller’s May 15 mock draft predicted the lottery, while his May 7 mock draft was ordered by worst record).
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (by way of Timberwolves/Clippers)
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
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Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams is a free agent over the summer, and it has remained unclear whether he will stay with the franchise. Now, however, a new report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski suggests that there's only one way Williams stays next year: if Dwight Howard is his teammate. The Nets winning the 2012 NBA Draft lottery and being able to draft Anthony Davis won't be enough on its own, Wojnarowski reports.
The Nets remain committed to acquiring Howard, so much so that they would even be willing to part with Davis in a trade if that's what it takes, reports Wojnarowski.
The Nets have a 7.5 percent chance of winning the lottery, and sources said the organization would be willing to part with Davis for the chance to pair Howard and Williams for the franchise's move into a new Brooklyn arena next season.
Howard is under contract with the Magic for one more season, but Wojnarowski reports he is ready to be dealt from Orlando.
The Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards have the best odds of winning the 2012 NBA Draft lottery and, therefore, adding Anthony Davis to their roster. If things get crazy, though, there are 11 other teams hoping to get lucky on Wednesday night.
Tensions boil over as our bloggers make the case for why their team "deserves" to win the NBA Draft Lottery -- and the rights to Anthony Davis -- on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the lottery will be held for the top three selections in the 2012 NBA draft. Thirteen teams will have a chance to win the No. 1 overall pick.
Anthony Davis is a shoo-in at No. 1 in the 2012 NBA Draft no matter who wins Wednesday's lottery. But who gets picked immediately after Davis depends on how the ping pong balls bounce.
The Basketball Gods are not nearly as benevolent as you think. If they get their way, the NBA Draft will look a lot like this.