The Pelicans seemed to be prepared for the box-office boost when the lottery results were announced Tuesday, based on this reaction from their ticket office:
If the Pelicans end up selecting Williamson first overall, he figures to have a profound impact on the franchise on and off the court.
Prior to winning the lottery, New Orleans appeared to be entering this offseason in dire straits. Anthony Davis requested to be traded in January and was essentially shut down in the second half of the season, averaging just 22 minutes per contest in 15 games from Feb. 8 through March 24.
Whatever happens with Davis, the Pelicans know they can add a potentially franchise-changing talent with the top pick if they are locked on Williamson.