Newark, NJ -- As expected, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
The 6-foot-11 power forward with the 7-foot-5 wingspan was the consensus national player of the year. In just one season at Kentucky, Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, and had a school record 186 blocks while leading the Wildcats to the national title.
He figures to help a team that finished with the worst record in the Western Conference. Last season, the Hornets averaged 89.6 points, which was the second-lowest in the NBA behind only the Bobcats.
The Hornets were lucky to win the draft lottery despite having just a 13.7 percent chance at landing the top pick. It marked the second time in franchise history the Hornets made the No. 1 selection. In 1991, the then-Charlotte Hornets used the top choice to select UNLV's Larry Johnson, who went on to capture Rookie of the Year honors.
The Hornets are also one of just two teams with a pair of picks in the lottery, also owning the 10th overall selection. Portland is the other club with the sixth and 11th picks.
Charlotte will draft next, followed by Washington, Cleveland and Sacramento.
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