Wizards Get NBA Top Pick, Nets Settle for 3rd

The New Jersey Nets‘ rebuilding process under new owner Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov suffered a minor setback when the team failed to get the number one pick during the draft lottery on Tuesday despite having the best odds. The Washington Wizards, with Irene Pollin representing the team in the place of her late husband, moved up four spots to get the top pick.

Pollin was so shocked at the Wizards winning the lottery that her jaw dropped when Washington was called. Pollin, who was wearing Abe’s 1978 championship ring, said the lottery win could be the first step to achieving her husband’s unfulfilled dream of bringing another championship to Washington. “I think it’s the culmination of my husband’s dream because he wanted another ring and maybe this will get us another ring.”

Prokhorov, who received the NBA‘s go signal to take over the Nets last week, remained optimistic of New Jersey’s chances of getting players who will make a difference for the team. “I’m sure we’re going to get a great player. For our team, the only way is up.”

The Philadelphia 76ers grabbed the second pick, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and Golden State Warriors following the Nets in that order. The NBA draft will be held on June 24, with Kentucky sensation John Wall and Ohio state star and national player of the year Evan Turner widely expected to battle it out for the top pick.