The New Orleans Hornets' trade of Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 pick in Thursday's draft was an act of brilliance by general manager Dell Demps.
After accounting for Lewis' $13.7 million buyout, the trade will save save the Hornets around $30 million. More importantly, it leaves the cupboard bare for any amount of draft possibilities for the Hornets to build around assumed No. 1 pick Anthony Davis and restricted free-agent guard Eric Gordon at No. 10 overall.
The team is in the enviable position of being able to draft the best player available without anyone batting an eye.
The question is, who are the best selections to fit around their No. 1 pick?.