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, after a difficult season in which they traded All-Star Chris Paul, have a shot to add another superstar, with Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis considered the best player available.
The Hornets moved up from the fourth spot, where they had a 13.7 percent chance, to earn the pick.
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.
“We have been committed to our rebuilding plan and have seen the results of those efforts start to materialize with how our team is coming together,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld in a press release on the team's website. “Adding a top pick in the draft will only help that process, and we’re very optimistic about the future of this team moving forward.”
The NBA Draft will be held on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.