Pelicans will draft 6th in next month's NBA draft

The NBA draft lottery took place Tuesday night in New York, with the New Orleans Pelicans hoping to make history by winning the first pick in next month's draft.  It was not to be.

The Pelicans, who had an 8.80-percent chance of drawing the money ball, will instead have the sixth selection overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, for the second time in three years, will choose first. They will be followed by the Orlando Magic, the Washington Wizards, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Phoenix Suns before the Pelicans in the June 27 draft in Brooklyn.

New Orleans had the first pick in last year's draft and used the choice to draft Anthony Davis, who went on to earn a place on the NBA's All Rookie Squad. No team has ever had the first round in the draft since the current format came into play in 1985.

This is the first time in franchise history the Pelicans have enjoyed a number-six pick, and only the fourth time they will have a chance to draft inside the top ten since the franchise moved to New Orleans from Charlotte.