2012 NBA Draft Lottery: New Orleans Hornets earn No. 1 overall pick

By Quixem Ramirez

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after making a free throw during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

The 21-45 New Orleans Hornets earned the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery. They came into the lottery holding the fourth highest probability (13.7%) behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats.

Consensus No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis will most likely join Eric Gordon, Jarrett Jack and Chris Kaman to create a core that New Orleans hopes will take them as far, if not farther, than the 2007-08 Hornets who took the San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The rest of the lottery results follow:

1. New Orleans (21-45)2. Charlotte (7-59)3. Washington (20-46)4. Cleveland (21-45)5. Sacramento (22-44)6. Brooklyn* (22-44)7. Golden State (23-43)8. Toronto (23-43)9. Detroit (25-41)10. New Orleans (21-45)11. Portland (28-38)12. Milwaukee (31-35)13. Phoenix (33-33)14. Houston (34-32)

* Top three-protected pick; belongs to Portland