Pelicans Finish Sixth In NBA Draft Lottery
It was all sixes for the New Orleans Pelicans at the NBA Draft Lottery. They had a six percent chance of getting the top pick, which was the sixth best odds. After a lot of nail biting, they ended up exactly where they were expected, sixth.
Last time the Pelicans were in the lottery, they landed the sixth pick, selected Nerlens Noel and traded him to Philly for Jrue Holiday. There's a chance General Manager Dell Demps will trade the pick again, but here's a glimpse at some possibilities.
New Orleans needs another scorer on the perimeter, and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield or Providence's Kris Dunn could be there for the pick. Here's the thing, sixth overall picks have been hit or miss the last few years.
Portland selected Damian Lillard sixth overall, and that turned out perfect for the Trail Blazers. On the other hand, Jan Vesely was a sixth overall pick too. Let's hope the Pels pick a Lillard, not a Vesely.
There were really no surprises in the Draft Lottery. The 76ers ended up with the top pick, which they tanked all last season for. The Lakers were right behind him with the number two pick, the Celtics were at three, and so on and so forth. Pelicans fans wanted to see the same magic they witnessed to get Anthony Davis, but the ping pong balls were too predictable this time around.
Honestly, it might be the most boring Draft Lottery in the history of Draft Lotteries.
Did anybody really celebrate when the saw the 76ers get the #1 pick? Come on, NBA. Where are you to rig things when we really need it?
Pelicans' Head Coach Alvin Gentry could have really used one of those top three picks, but it wasn't in the cards...or balls. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will be off the board, but New Orleans can still probably get a decent player with the sixth overall pick...unless they trade it away again.
Sorry if you were expecting some high-level drama. With last night's results, here's the order of your first round picks for the 2016 NBA Draft:
(*indicates lottery pick)
1. Philadelphia 76ers*
2. Los Angeles Lakers*
3. Boston Celtics (via Nets)*
4. Phoenix Suns*
5. Minnesota Timberwolves*
6. New Orleans Pelicans*
7. Denver Nuggets*
8. Sacramento Kings*
9. Toronto Raptors (via Knicks)*
10. Milwaukee Bucks*
11. Orlando Magic*
12. Utah Jazz*
13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards)*
14. Chicago Bulls*
15. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets)
16. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks)
17. Memphis Grizzlies
18. Detroit Pistons
19. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers)
20. Indiana Pacers
21. Atlanta Hawks
22. Charlotte Hornets
23. Boston Celtics
24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat/Cavaliers)
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder/Nuggets/Cavaliers)
27. Toronto Raptors
28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers/Celtics)
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Golden State Warriors