One of the NBA’s most woeful franchises is going to get a centerpiece next season. The New Orleans Hornets, who traded Chris Paul to the LA Clippers earlier this season after a voided trade to LA’s other franchise, have been in terrible shape for years–financially and play-wise. Well, that might change beginning next season, because the Hornets will be getting the best player that team has had since Paul was in town. The New Orleans Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery and secured the top pick in 2012 yesterday, and thus will be getting former Kentucky Wildcat and national champion Anthony Davis.
The Charlotte Bobcats, the team that replaced the Hornets in North Carolina, had the NBA’s worst record last season and ended up with the second pick in the draft. Washington claimed third, Cleveland fourth, and the Sacramento Kings picked up fifth. The Hornets also ended up with the 10th pick in the draft, giving them two good lottery picks and a real shot at improving the team instantly via smart drafting.
If you’re future New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson, you’ve just been given a gift that, perhaps, you don’t deserve. Yes, he’s paying to take the New Orleans Hornets off the hands of the NBA come July 1, but he’s also the owner responsible for both Bountygate and Spygate II. He turned the team around, but he had to cheat to do it. Or maybe he didn’t have to cheat, but cheating occurred… then again, David Stern loves a good conspiracy theory, so who knows.
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