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April 19, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams and shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena.   Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
April 19, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams and shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first half against the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

So here it is - the day we've counted down towards from the moment Chris Paul jumped ship.

The draft lottery will be televised on ESPN at 7 CST. The Hornets have selections lined up in the 10th and 4th (3.5th) spots. Today is more prelude to a month of draft analysis than endgame in and of itself, excepting, of course, that one of our picks ends up being that pick. There's 14.8% odds of that happening, and 46.4% of at least one pick landing in the top 3.

For those not familiar with how the lottery works, the order is revealed in reverse; if New Orleans doesn't show up at #10, something quite pleasant has occurred. Monty Williams will be the Hornets' representative on stage, with GM Dell Demps also expected to be sitting in the audience.

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And so, for the first time in months and months and months, I can say this and genuinely mean it: Go Hornets.