Forgrave: Draft Lottery "Good Karma" For New Orleans

New Orleans endured a lot of heartbreak this year, so winning the NBA Draft Lottery is a step in the right direction

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 15, 2019 - 9:17 am
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After losing in the NFC Championship in heartbreaking fashion and enduring the Anthony Davis trade drama this past winter, the city of New Orleans needed something good to happen.

Well, something good happened Tuesday, as the Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery and, along with it, the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes.

“First of all, I think it’s good karma for New Orleans,” CBS Sports NBA insider Reid Forgrave said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They went through so much crap this year that they deserve something good. And two, that might literally save the franchise. Who knows what would have happened if Anthony Davis leaves or gets traded and they don’t get a good return for him and the franchise goes in the gutter for the next few years? That city might lose that basketball team. It’s entirely possible. So I think it is great, great, great for the city of New Orleans.”

If the Pelicans can convince Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans, they could pair him with Zion Williamson to form perhaps the most imposing front-court in the world.

Literally.

“Are we so sure that Anthony Davis is going to leave now?” Forgrave asked. “It never felt like it was quite in Anthony Davis’ character to do what he did. I don’t begrudge a guy for demanding a trade. This has kind of been a rotten situation, and they didn’t get enough good pieces around him – and they’ve kind of had enough time to do so, but they didn’t do it. It never quite felt like him, though. This is a team-first player. It always felt like it was Klutch Sports that was doing that, not Anthony Davis. So now that he has a chance to be Anthony Davis, generational talent, alongside Zion Williamson, generational talent, it’s really exciting. Maybe that changes his mind. Maybe he ends up staying there one more year.”

The Pelicans went 33-49 this season, winning almost twice as many games as the New York Knicks (17-65). They had just a six-percent chance of winning the lottery, but the balls bounced in their favor.

“This is, I think, good for the NBA,” Forgrave said. “The idea behind this is less teams will tank. If you just miss the playoffs, you still have a decent shot. Look at the Pelicans. This is a team that didn’t have a great season, but they certainly didn’t tank. They won some games toward the end of the year that they weren’t expected to win. They beat some good teams and they weren’t out there just tossing out pure basketball drivel, and yet, they had a six-percent chance and won. I think that’s a good sign for the NBA.”

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