For most of the season, the New Orleans Pelicans tried to battle to make the Playoffs for a second straight year. But in January of this year, their superstar Anthony Davis asked for a trade and that kicked off a period where the Pelicans were in limbo.
Because of that, New Orleans fell out of Playoff contention and into the lottery, ending the season with a 33-49 record. That record gave New Orleans a 6% chance at winning the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Apparently, those odds were enough as New Orleans took that 6% chance and ended up with the top pick after the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
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This is the second time the Pelicans won the Draft Lottery. The last time they won the Lottery was in 2012, the year they selected Davis as their top pick.
It seems as if the Pelicans found luck with their newly hired Executive Vice President for Basketball Operations, David Griffin. The former Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager has won the Draft Lottery three times in his stint in Cleveland. He used those top picks to select Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins.
New Orleans is now in prime position to pick Zion Williamson, the athletic freak of a forward from Duke.
The Pelicans weren’t the only big winners of the night. The Memphis Grizzlies and LA Lakers also bucked the odds to jump into the Top 4 of the Lottery. The Grizzlies were pegged to pick at the 7-9 range won the second pick of the draft. The Lakers, a low lottery team ended up with the fourth pick.
With the Grizzlies and Lakers jumping up, the Lottery also had several big losers as well.
The New York Knicks had one of the highest chance at the top pick with 14% fell to the third pick. They now lose their chance at Williamson, a player that the team and fanbase has been drooling over since the season began.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns also had 14% chances at the top pick. Both fell out of the Top 4 with the Cavs sinking to fifth and the Suns falling to sixth. The Bulls had the fourth best chance at 12.5% fell to seventh.
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