New Orleans Hornets Acquire First Overall Pick in the 2012 NBA Draft
The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery was a surprise for three franchises. The Wizards, which were expected to acquire the second overall pick, slipped down to number three. This led the Charlotte Bobcats and the New Orleans Hornets to hope for the number one pick. The Hornets were supposed to select the fourth overall pick, but the lottery chances gave the Cavaliers the fourth pick. The Bobcats were projected to have the number one pick because of their awful 7-59 win-loss season, but due to their lottery luck, the number one overall pick was awarded to the New Orleans Hornets.
The Hornets had their fair share of a losing season, after losing Chris Paul a few weeks before the shortened season began. It was a roller coaster after they lost Chris Paul. The Hornets acquired Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and Eric Gordon. Though Aminu seemed settled in, the Hornets and Chris Kaman had a few issues. Eric Gordon was also injured for most of the season. This number one pick will surely help the Hornets franchise.
Chris Kaman is an unrestricted free agent by the time free agency begins, meaning, if Kaman chooses to sign with another team, the Hornets will need a center. The projected number one pick for this year’s draft is the forward-center from Kentucky, Anthony Davis. Davis won the 2012 National Player of the Year, the Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Award, as well as the the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player when he led the Kentucky Wildcats to winning the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
Davis has been said to help whichever team he goes to, to have a 50+ winning season. Davis is a great player and he has the ability to impact the game without taking a single shot. Though he can score, his defense is what he will bring the most to his future team. The Hornets are now in the driver’s seat and will most likely select Anthony Davis. They are now one step ahead to the rebuilding of the future.