Bobcats need luck Tuesday night in hopes of landing first pick

Head Coach Paul Silas will represent the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night as the team hopes the ping pong balls bounce their way in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery in New Jersey. He’s even got a fan’s lucky headband with him to help give him a boost of good fortune.

The Bobcats have the 9th-worst record in the NBA and have a 1.7% chance of landing the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Since 1985, only one team has had the same chance the Bobcats have now and gotten the first overall pick: the 2008 Chicago Bulls, who took 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

Charlotte’s best luck came in the early 1990’s. The Charlotte Hornets won the 1991 NBA Draft Lottery and selected UNLV Forward Larry Johnson with the first overall pick. The next season, Charlotte got the second overall pick and selected Georgetown C Alonzo Mourning.