2012 NBA Lottery Results: 5 Teams That Should Trade Their Lottery Pick
The results are in, and the New Orleans Hornets hit the lotto!
The Hornets have defied the odds, pushing out the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers in the hunt for Anthony Davis by landing the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
But what about the other teams?
For some teams, the possibility of landing a top-three selection was the only thing keeping them from trading their pick.
Now that the results are in and we know the order of the draft, which teams are likely to trade their pick by or before Draft Day?
The Houston Rockets were in and out of the Western Conference playoff hunt up until the very end, and adding a rookie to the rotation won't be enough to put them over the hump.
The Rockets have also been very partial toward landing Pau Gasol from the Lakers, a team that more than needs some youth in its franchise, so trading their draft pick would be a great move going forward.
If Houston moves its draft pick for a solid center, expect the Rockets to make an even deeper playoff push next season.
The Washington Wizards are stacked with young pieces, but adding another rookie to the team won't help them win any time soon.
They moved in the right direction by sending JaVale McGee to Denver for Nene, but trading the No. 3 overall pick for some real talent would help them return to Eastern Conference relevancy.
Washington could keep the pick and likely pick up Kansas' Thomas Robinson, but adding some already established talent to the rotation would help the Wizards win games faster.
New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets lucked out and won the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but they also picked up the 10th pick in the draft, as well.
That's the pick they need to move.
Adding the consensus No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, to the franchise is a game-changing acquisition. He affects the game in so many ways that the Hornets will only be a piece or two away from making some noise in the West again.
The best way to pick up those pieces would be to move their other draft pick to another team, along with possibly C Chris Kaman, for some decent players to come off the bench.
And with coach Monty Williams' ever-so-positive outlook on life, the Hornets should be only a season or two away from returning to the playoffs.
The last thing the Pistons need is even more youth.
Detroit needs a veteran leader in the locker room to help turn its franchise around, and trading the ninth pick in the draft would be the easiest way to do it.
With Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe, the Pistons already have their core group to build around, but adding yet another rookie into the mix would not help them any time soon.
Moving the No. 9 overall pick for a proven shooting guard or power forward would be the best bet for the Detroit Pistons.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers want to win, and they want to win now.
With LaMarcus Aldridge at the peak of his career, the Blazers are in no condition to start rebuilding. Factor in its horrible luck with healthy big men, and Portland could potentially have a disaster boiling on its hands.
Interim GM Chad Buchanan has already stated the team's interest in moving draft picks for quality veteran talent, so be on the lookout for a blockbuster trade before Draft Day.
The Blazers also landed the Brooklyn Nets' No. 6 overall draft pick, so there's a strong possibility they'll trade one or both of their selections.