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Despite having just the fifth-best odds entering the night, the Washington Wizards overcame years of bad luck to snag the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Between the death of long-time owner Abe Pollin, the Gilbert Arenas(notes) gun saga, the dismantling of their core and several other lesser incidents throughout the season, it's clearly the bright spot of their season. Congrats, guys.

However, with the Wizards rising, that means someone had to fall. That someone? The New Jersey Nets. Fresh off a 70-loss campaign, the Nets had a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery and a 46.5 percent chance of ending up in the top two. Of course with the Nets' luck this season, they ended up in the third slot, behind the Philadelphia 76ers who jumped from the sixth spot odds-wise to No. 2 overall.

Hoping to capture the spirit of a Wizards fan on their big night, Ball Don't Lie checked in with noted Washington sports fanatic — and Wizards season-ticket holder — Jack Kogod. He's pretty happy.

Being a Wizards fan hasn't been easy the last couple of years. Well technically it hasn't ever been easy, but the last couple of years have been the most trying. And this is our reward. The No. 1 pick in the draft, and in a year where that actually means something (lookin' at you '01). I told myself that this couldn't possibly happen, but now John Wall is going to be a Wizard. I don't want to hear people's doubts about the viability of an Arenas/Wall backcourt. Just throw them out there with three teammates and a ball and let me enjoy it.

As Kogod notes, the win means the Wizards will have first crack at all-everything point guard John Wall. Sure, they already employ a very expensive point guard who likes having the ball in his hands, but let's not put a damper on things. For now, Wizards fans can rejoice in their biggest win of the year.

And if you're wondering about the rest of the lottery, here's the entire order.

1. Washington Wizards
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. New Jersey Nets
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Detroit Pistons
8. Los Angeles Clippers
9. Utah Jazz
10. Indiana Pacers
11. New Orleans Hornets
12. Memphis Grizzlies
13. Toronto Raptors
14. Houston Rockets

The NBA draft is scheduled for June 24 at 7 p.m. ET.

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