- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DEVELOPING:SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers win NBA draft lottery.

The Charlotte Bobcats have found no luck at the draft lottery.

The Bobcats drew the 12th overall pick on Tuesday night. It’s where they were expected to land after facing long odds to move into the top three.

The Los Angeles Clippers drew the No. 1 overall pick. Memphis will pick second and Oklahoma City third.

With the third-best record of the 14 non-playoff teams, the Bobcats had only a 0.7 percent chance of landing the top choice and a 0.83 percent chance of grabbing the No. 2 pick.



The Bobcats had a 93.6 percent chance of picking 12th. That’s where they’ll choose in the June 25 draft in hopes of landing a player that will help put them in the playoffs for the first time next season.

Meanwhile, it looks like former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin won’t be staying in his home state to play in the NBA.

The Oklahoma City Thunder finished third in the NBA draft lottery.

But that probably won’t be a high enough pick to land Griffin, an Oklahoma City native who is considered the top prospect for the June 25 draft.

The Thunder had an 11.9 percent chance of winning the lottery, the fourth-best among the 14 teams hoping to land the top spot in the draft. Oklahoma City did move up one spot in the draft because of the lottery.

Coach Scott Brooks represented the Thunder at the lottery.

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