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Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 05/30/2012

NBA draft lottery: Wizards get No. 3 pick

Lucky charms securely in his pocket, Zach Leonsis was still feeling some nerves as he got set to represent the Washington Wizards at the NBA draft lottery. Leonsis held up two wedding bands from his late grandfathers and declared, “I hope they bring me good luck.”

Moments later, he discovered that the Wizards would secure the No. 3 pick in the June 28 NBA draft. The Wizards fell, but not far, after having the second-best odds to land Kentucky big man Anthony Davis with the No. 1 overall pick. New Orleans moved up three spots to win the top choice, while the Charlotte Bobcats fell to second after finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history.

“We’re very happy with how things shook out, we think we’ll add a very valuable piece with the No. 3 pick,” said President Ernie Grunfeld.

The Wizards have had to depend on the fortunes of some Ping-Pong ball bounces in each of the past four years and come away with the No. 1 pick once, in 2010 when Abe Pollins widow, Irene, showed up in her yellow suit and with a 1978 championship ring to yield John Wall.

His father, Ted, brought up the possibility of him sitting on the stage as kind of a joke and Zach replied, “Yeah, right.” But Ted Leonsis was able to able to convince him over a few e-mails and conversations.

“My dad was thinking we’d sent team personnel a couple of times and we hadn’t come back with the No. 1 pick. We sent Mrs. Pollin and it worked,” Zach Leonsis said. “They said they wanted me to do it. And I couldn’t let them down.

“I actually think we’re in really good shape,” Leonsis said. “Having gone through the rebuild with the Caps, you go through some lean times and then you see the glimpses of really big potential and I think you’re starting to see that with this team, he said. The team was really, obviously, young, long and athletic and we’re going to add a really big piece to the puzzle. It’s a really deep draft. It’s going to really help accelerate our rebuild.”

Now that their draft selection has been determined, the Wizards will also need to address who will lead them as coach next season. Grunfeld has been mostly silent since about the status of Coach Randy Wittman and his staff since the season ended last month. Wittman finished the season 18-31 after replacing Flip Saunders on Jan. 24 and is still under contract through next season. When asked about Wittman before the lottery, Grunfeld still stressed that nothing has been finalized but added that the “situation will be resolved way before the draft. We like the job Randy’s done. The players really responded to him. He’s made them accountable. The players respect him. We’re just going through that process. No timetable,” Grunfeld said. “As I’ve said, everyone is under contract” for next season.

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