New Orleans, La. - With the Miami Heat crowned the champions of the NBA, the league's attention turns to the draft. It will be the first selection process for the New Orleans Pelicans but the franchise, dating back to it's days in Charlotte, has a very successful history in the draft lottery. The following is a look back at the franchise's draft history, as provided by the Pelicans:
• This marks the first NBA Draft that the franchise will participate in under the new branding, the New Orleans Pelicans.
• The franchise has never drafted in the 6th slot in the draft.
• This marks the second consecutive year in which the franchise will held a top 10 pick. This also marks the third top-10 pick for the franchise in the past two seasons. The franchise has selected in the top 10 picks nine times entering the 2013 NBA draft.
• The franchise has held 13 lottery selections in the NBA draft prior to tonight. Twice, the franchise has traded their lottery pick on draft night (Kobe Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996; Cole Aldrich to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010).
• Of the 11 lottery picks that played their rookie year with the franchise, seven have been named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Five of those were named to the first team (Kendall Gill – 1991, Larry Johnson – 1992, Alonzo Mourning – 1993, Chris Paul – 2006, Anthony Davis – 2013). Two of those also won NBA Rookie of the Year honors (Johnson, Paul).
• Four of the 11 lottery picks that went on to play for the franchise have been named to the All-Star game during their careers (Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Baron Davis, Chris Paul).
• The franchise will not have a second round selection for the first time since 2010. The franchise has previously held only one selection in the draft just seven times (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2011). The past three times the franchise has had just one selection in the draft, the pick was traded for either financial considerations or the rights to another draft pick (cash considerations in 2008 and 2011).
• Twice, the franchise has made no selections in the draft (1997 and 2002).
• The franchise has been in the draft lottery 11 times in franchise history (excluding 1988, when they were an expansion team and had yet to play a game). They have improved their win total in the following season eight times (+7 in 1990-91, +5 in 1991-92, +13 in 1992-93, +23 in 1999-00, +20 in 2005-06, +1 in 2006-07, +17 in 2008-09, and +6 in 2012-13).