April 19, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams and shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
So here it is - the day we've counted down towards from the moment Chris Paul jumped ship.
The draft lottery will be televised on ESPN at 7 CST. The Hornets have selections lined up in the 10th and 4th (3.5th) spots. Today is more prelude to a month of draft analysis than endgame in and of itself, excepting, of course, that one of our picks ends up being that pick. There's 14.8% odds of that happening, and 46.4% of at least one pick landing in the top 3.
For those not familiar with how the lottery works, the order is revealed in reverse; if New Orleans doesn't show up at #10, something quite pleasant has occurred. Monty Williams will be the Hornets' representative on stage, with GM Dell Demps also expected to be sitting in the audience.
And so, for the first time in months and months and months, I can say this and genuinely mean it: Go Hornets.