NEW YORK -- The New Orleans Hornets have won the NBA Draft Lottery and the right to select consensus top prospect and Kentucky star Anthony Davis.
The Hornets also won the 10th pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. That pick was received in the Chris Paul trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Team owner Tom Benson called it the "first step for us to winning it all."
The Hornets, who finished with a 21-45 record, had just a 14.8 percent chance to win the top pick, but came away with the number one selection for just the second time in team history.
"It's like karma," Davis said in an interview with ESPN. "I won a national championship down there."
Hornets General Manager Dell Demps said when his team's combination came up, it was an incredible rush. But he added that no decisions have been made yet on what the Hornets will do with number one pick, even if Davis is a heavy favorite for the selection.
"We just feel blessed to be in this position," said head coach Monty Williams. "It's great for our city, great for the state of Louisiana. Really excited right now."
Like Demps, Williams wouldn't commit to any player so far ahead of the draft, but he did so with a laugh and an apparent understanding that most fans already know what name David Stern will be reading first when the 2012 NBA Draft kicks off next month.
"I'm going to give you the typical coach's answer. I gotta go back and look at the film, and we'll make a good decision," Williams said.
The team with the worst record hasn't won the draft lottery since Orlando drafted Dwight Howard in 2004.
The draft will be held June 28.