2010 NBA Draft Lottery: New Jersey Nets Own No. 1 Pick Every 10 Years

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 18, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30: Projected first round NBA draft pick John Wall attends Barnstable Brown at the 136th Kentucky Derby on April 30, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
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While the team with the best odds rarely wins the lottery—it's happened only four times in the past 22 years—the Nets may have something going in their favor.

New Jersey won the No. 1 pick in 1990 (Derrick Coleman) and 2000 (Kenyon Martin), and they could be due to get lucky again tonight. 


Best-case scenario

The Nets get the top choice.


What happens next

If the Nets land No. 1, they'll draft John Wall of Kentucky—which may have a profound influence in the near future.

Adding Wall to the mix would give the Nets the kind of one-two punch—a splashy billionaire owner and an explosive point guard—that could put New Jersey near the front of the race to land a top-tier coach, and maybe even the potential to sign superstar free agent LeBron James.

If the Nets get Wall, the coaching position probably becomes the most attractive available to all interested parties, and it could propel the Nets toward Prokhorov's promises.

"If everything goes as planned, I expect us to be in the playoffs next season and championship in one year minimum and maximum in five years," Prokhorov said in his video message to Nets season ticket holders.

It's showtime for the New Jersey Nets...