Hornets Select Davis with No. 1 Pick in NBA Draft
NEWARK, NJ - The New Orleans Hornets selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Davis began a busy night for UK draftees, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist immediately chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats at number two. It marked the first time two players from the same school went 1-2 in the draft.
Davis will begin his pro career in the same city where he ended it with a national title. College basketball's player of the year as a freshman was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking six shots in the victory over Kansas.
Michael Jordan's Bobcats had been in trade talks with several teams regarding the No. 2 pick before making Kidd-Gilchrist their highest draft pick in franchise history since selecting Connecticut center Omeka Okafor second overall in 2004. The Bobcats finished with the worst winning percentage in the league in last year, but lost out on the rights to select No. 1 pick Davis after losing the NBA lottery to the Hornets. The 6' 7" Kidd-Gilchrist played only one season at Kentucky, where he helped them to a championship along with Davis.
Another draft first occurred when six Wildcat teammates were selected in the same year. Terrence Jones was the 18th pick by Houston; Marcus Teague went to the Chicago Bulls as the 29th pick; Daron Lamb went in the 2nd round at the 42nd pick by Milwaukee; and 46th was New Orleans' selection of Darius Miller.