The New Orleans Pelicans landed the number-six pick in last night’s NBA Draft lottery in New York City.
It’s the system the league uses to determine the order in which teams draft players each year. The Pelicans were hoping to reprise their lottery win last year, when they selected star Anthony Davis first overall. However, they only had an 8.8 percent chance of getting the top pick this year.
Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers came away with the top selection for the June 27 draft. This is the Cavaliers’ second number-one pick in the past three years.
In other NBA news, Michael Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, held a news conference yesterday afternoon to announce his decision to change his team name back to the Hornets.
“I’m excited to make a significant announcement about the future of our franchise,” Jordan said. “This afternoon we officially submitted our application [for the name change] to the NBA Board of Governors.”
The Charlotte team was originally named the Hornets before then-owner George Shinn relocated the team to New Orleans in 2002. The team became the Pelicans earlier this year.