Wizards Finally #1

In Part II of Ted's Happiness Can't Be Stopped! the Washington Wizards received the first overall pick in the 2010 Draft during the NBA's Draft Lottery in Secaucus, NJ.

The Wizards, who had a 10.3% chance of landing the first pick in tonight’s Draft Lottery, have held the number one overall pick twice before in franchise history. They chose Walt Bellamy number one in 1961 and Kwame Brown with the top pick in 2001.

A ten percent chance? Could my odds at winning the DC Lottery have the same result?

In addition to the number one pick, the Wizards own Cleveland’s first round selection (30th overall) as a result of a three-team deal on Feb. 17 and hold their own second round pick (35th overall).

“This is a great night for our franchise and particularly for our fans,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “They have shown great support and passion during what has been a difficult stretch over the last two seasons, but they can celebrate tonight knowing that we’ve taken a big step towards building the team that they deserve.”

This should quiet those radio talk show hosts who virtually counted the Wizards out, and done.

Here are the top 5 picks in this year's lottery.

1. Washington Wizards
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. New Jersey Nets
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
5. Sacramento Kings

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis had this to say about receiving the #1 spot:

"I have no lucky charms. I didn’t wear a lucky watch. I felt confident that it was “our time” to have good fortune.

Mrs. Pollin wore a lucky ring and Ernie Grunfeld has his lucky charm. It worked and I am thrilled.

I want to assure everyone that we won’t make the first pick in the draft a “sugar buzz high”. We will work to craft a team and a system methodically and with care. We will articulate a plan and strategy built around analytics and with our ultimate goal in mind. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will the new Wizards."
Again, no end to this man's happiness quotient.

So, Ted. Who you picking to come to Washington? This guy, or the other guy?