Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans had little to celebrate during the 2018-19 season.
All-Star Anthony Davis notified New Orleans of his intention not to stay beyond the 2019-20 campaign and sought a trade.
The uncertainty over Davis – with the Lakers in hot pursuit – weighed on the Pelicans, who missed the playoffs after posting a 33-49 record.
But coach Gentry and the Pelicans had plenty to celebrate Tuesday as New Orleans secured the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on June 20.
With star Zion Williamson the top draft prospect, Gentry was understandably delighted after his team’s lottery success.