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The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone. There was a big shakeup at the top, and people in New Jersey/Brooklyn are disappointed, while those in our nations capital are rejoicing. The Wizards won the lottery and the 76ers have to be elated with picking second, with the Nets rounding out the top three.
Despite having a 25 percent chance at landing the No. 1 pick, the New Jersey Nets slipped to third overall. In the past 20 years, the NBA team with the worst regular season record has won the No. 1 overall pick just three times: 1990 — New Jersey Nets, 2003 — Cleveland Cavaliers, and 2004 — Orlando Magic.
The Nets, and new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, were hoping to repeat as the No. 1 overall team, they had No. 1 overall in 1990 and selected Derrick Coleman, and in 2000 they selected Kenyon Martin, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The night belonged to the Washington Wizards and their good luck representative, Irene Pollin. After the whole Arenas situation, the Wizards needed a shot of life into the organization, and Wall will certainly provide that.
The lottery went according to plan until the sixth pick was announced. The Warriors had the fourth worst record in the NBA this season, but slipped to the No. 6 giving the Sixers and Wizards a glimmer of hope at landing the No. 1 overall pick.
Coming into the night, the Sixers had the sixth worst record in the NBA and only a 5.3 percent chance at landing the first pick. Now they'll draft second, adding one of the top prizes in the draft, either John Wall or Evan Turner.
The Wizards had the fifth worst record and a 10.3 percent chance at winning the first pick. Now they have their choice of Wall or Turner, and the word HOPE is being thrown around in Washington almost as much as it was leading up to the election.
The lottery isn't perfect, but it changes fortunes. The Wizards got lucky, and now a 10 percent chance has turned a franchise around 180 degrees.