The NBA lottery didn't kill tanking. It just made tanking less effective

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When asked about New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis on Tuesday night, just moments after the team won the National Basketball Association lottery, Alvin Gentry had to step back and remind everyone of something. And the lottery win comes after a season when Davis wanted a trade - something that might not seem so appealing to him now, not with Williamson likely coming to New Orleans. James' Lakers offered pretty much everyone but him in an effort the trade for Davis at the February 7 deadline, but were not successful, a turn of events that caused chaos for both the Pelicans and the Lakers for the remainder of their respective seasons.

"I don't know why..." But part of the justification in dealing a player who was clearly destined for superstardom in Doncic was that it would yield the Hawks another top pick, given how Dallas appeared to be destined for another lottery-bound season. "So now all of a sudden things might not be as rosy and as plentiful as far as trade value goes for the Boston Celtics". Charlotte is next up, followed by Miami at 13 and Boston at 14. Though two other teams with lower odds - the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies - leaped into the top four, the Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Lakers came up just short of No. 1, landing the second through fourth picks, respectively. Boston, who acquired Sacramento's pick so as long as it wasn't No. 1 overall, ended up obtaining the very last selection among lottery teams. The Lakers, according to reports, are one of the teams that Davis would be open to re-signing with, while some reports say they are his preferred destination.

In 56 games for the Pelicans last season, Davis averaged 25.9 points per game on 51.7 per cent shooting.

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Who could they take with that pick June 20 in Brooklyn?

Murray State's Ja Morant, projected by many as a strong candidate to be chosen No. 2 overall, was among the players in the audience viewing the proceedings. He has always been designated as the fourth player in Duke's history to go No. 1 overall.

The Pelicans might be intrigued by pairing the former Duke players, to spear there rebuild. They'd also be pairing Williamson and Barrett again.