Head Coach Paul Silas to Represent Bobcats at NBA Draft Lottery
May 9, 2011
Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas will represent the team on stage during the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, to be held Tuesday, May 17, at NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The NBA Draft Lottery will be televised on ESPN starting at 8:00 p.m. The Bobcats have a 1.7 percent chance of securing the first pick, and a less than 3.0 percent chance of getting a pick in the top three.
Silas is no stranger to draft lottery proceedings, having represented the Hornets in 1999. After being named interim head coach during the 1998-99 season, Silas led the team to the best record of any of the teams in the lottery, leaving them with just five chances out of 1,000 to receive one of the top three picks. The Hornets were slated to pick 13th but moved up to the third pick despite having just a 0.73 percent chance of doing so. That remains the only time since the NBA moved to the current lottery format in 1994 that the team with the best record received one of the top three picks.
"There are a lot of similarities from my first stint as head coach in Charlotte and my current tenure with the Bobcats. It appears that the stars have aligned again and I’m hoping to pull off something special," Silas said. "I truly believe that out of something bad comes something good, and this lottery can be the start of a long string of good fortune for this team and this city."
In addition, the team unveiled a "Lottery Lucky Charm" contest that is currently taking place on the Bobcats’ Facebook page. Fans are asked to submit a photo and description of their luckiest charm and explain why that charm should accompany Coach Silas on stage.
After the May 11 deadline for lucky charm ideas, fans will vote for the best submissions on Facebook between May 11 and May 13. The winner will be notified and receive a jersey autographed by Gerald Henderson, the Bobcats’ most-recent first-round draft pick.
Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin represented the team in its most recent lottery appearance in 2009, when the team came away with the 12th overall pick that resulted in the selection of Henderson.