CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - After the worst seasons in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats are getting a fresh start with the Draft Lottery - but was beaten out by the city's former franchise for top pick.
The New Orleans Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to Saints owner Tom Benson, have won the NBA's draft lottery and the No. 1 pick overall. The Hornets were hosted in Charlotte from 1988 until 2002.
The Charlotte Bobcats, after the worst season in NBA history, fell to the No. 2 pick. Washington will pick third and Cleveland fell one spot to fourth.
The Bobcats had a 64.2 percent chance of receiving a top-three pick in Wednesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, including a 21.5 percent chance of getting the No. 2 pick.
In addition to the second pick, the Bobcats will have the 31st selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 28, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
"We are excited by this opportunity to add a quality player to our young nucleus," said Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins. "Now that we know where our selection is, we will now focus on choosing the right guy for this franchise."
The 2012 NBA Draft will mark the second time in franchise history that the Bobcats have had the second selection in the draft.
In 2004, the team selected Emeka Okafor after acquiring the No. 2 pick from the Los Angeles Clippers, in exchange for the fourth and 33rd overall picks and agreeing to select Predrag Drobnjak from the Clippers in the Charlotte Expansion Selection.
Players selected with the second pick in recent years include three-time NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant (Seattle, 2007); 2011-12 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler (L.A. Clippers, 2001); and 2012 NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge (Chicago, 2006).
Over the past four NBA Drafts, the Bobcats used their first round lottery selections on guards D.J. Augustin (ninth overall, 2008), Gerald Henderson (12th overall, 2009) and Kemba Walker (ninth overall, 2011), while also trading for the draft rights to forward Bismack Biyombo (seventh overall, 2011).
The Bobcats did not own a pick in 2010.