It’s hard to call the Cleveland Cavaliers the luckiest team in the NBA, but when it comes to the draft lottery, the ball usually seems to bounce their way.
On Tuesday, the Cavs won the 2013 draft lottery and the first pick in the upcoming draft. They’ve now won twice in the past three years, including in 2011 when they drafted eventual Rookie of the Year Kryie Irving.
“Kyrie is a hell of a player … but this also felt almost as good,” Nick Gilbert, the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said, according to ESPN.com. “That was the first time. This is the second time, but man does it feel good to get the first pick this last time. Get that last player to give us a push.”
Despite having the best odds to land the top pick, the Orlando Magic slid back to the number two spot, while the Washington Wizards came in third. The rest of the lottery picks played out as follows: Charlotte (4th), Phoenix (5th), New Orleans (6th), Sacramento (7th), Detroit (8th), Minnesota (9th), Portland (10th), Philadelphia (11th), Oklahoma City (traded with Toronto for 12th), Dallas (13th) and Utah (14th).
Now the obvious question is: Who will Cleveland take with the first overall pick? At the moment, the general consensus seems to be that the Cavs will select Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel. The Cavs simply hope that whoever they select will represent the final piece to a playoff puzzle.
“We were hoping regardless of what pick we got that this would be our last lottery,” Dan Gilbert said. “We thought originally after everything had to be reset that it would be a three-year process. You never know. It could be four. We thought three years, but having No. 1 and 19, we’ve got a pretty good chance of this being the last one for a while.”
We’ll have to wait until June 27 to see who the Cavs take at No. 1 and how the 2013 NBA draft plays out.