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New Orleans wins lottery, No. 1 pick

Thursday, May 31, 2012

While it's not official, it's most likely predicted No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis will be heading to New Orleans after the Hornets won the NBA lottery on Wednesday night and secured the No. 1 draft pick.
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After helping lead Kentucky to a national championship, Anthony Davis, the predicted No. 1 NBA draft pick, is more than likely headed to New Orleans following Wednesday's lottery selections.

But there comes one huge problem with Wednesday's lottery. The Charlotte Bobcats, who turned in one of the worst records in history in 2011-2012, missed out on the No. 1 pick.

And this begs the question, why does the NBA use the lottery system?

It doesn't seem quite fair, you know, like the NFL.

In the NFL, the team with the worst record gets the No. 1 pick in the next draft.

As stated above, Davis is predicted to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. So how is it fair to the Bobcats who finished at the bottom of the NBA totem pole with an abysmal 7-59 record.

While the Bobcats rank at or near the bottom in nearly every statistic, it makes sense that Davis should be headed to Charlotte.

Now there's still the chance that New Orleans might not pick Davis, but that's not likely at all.

The Hornets didn't particularly have a great season either.

With a 21-45 record, the Hornets needed to secure a high draft pick and no doubt plan to draft what could be a franchise-saving player, especially after trading away Chris Paul.

This begs yet another question: Can one player save a franchise?


How many championships did Cleveland win after drafting LeBron James? Zero.

This is where the problem of the NBA resides.

It's no longer about building a franchise with several players from the ground up. Fans and management only want that star player who can put on a one-man show and draw in the big tickets.

Not all franchises are this way. The Oklahoma City Thunder have done fairly well until they ran into a buzzsaw against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs.

While it should be every franchise owner's goal to build the best team possible, it's impossible to build a successful team with a bunch of superstar players looking out for No. 1.

The Miami Heat are a prime example with the "Big Three" of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

While the Hornets might have a franchise player to build around, there's always the danger of that No. 1 pick falling into the superstar mentality and not being a key staple of a team, and just playing a one-man show.

That is assuming Davis is selected by the Hornets.

But there's always the chance the Hornets turn it around following Davis' leadership and he helps lay the foundation for several more players to help build a successful team with him at the helm.

Nobody is questioning Davis' dominance.

He ruled the court as a freshman at the University of Kentucky. And whether or not he should have stayed at UK is irrelevant at this point.

The only question can he continue the successes?

In New Orleans, maybe. And just maybe it was a bit of luck he didn't land in Charlotte, which has been spiraling downward for some years now.

The results of Davis' entrance into the NBA have yet to be seen, but in all likelihood when he is seen in the NBA, he'll undoubtedly be creating a buzz at the Hive in New Orleans.

Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette. Email him at sports@t-g.com.

Chris Siers
The Extra Point
Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette.