One thing is for sure, is that the luck of the ping-pong balls, have favored the city of Cleveland, three of the last years, will it produce something big for a city, that is desperately need of a
winner? I don’t know. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA draft lottery for the second straight year, giving them the first overall pick in next month’s draft.
The Cavaliers have struggled on the court since losing LeBron James to the Miami Heat in 2010 but they are hoping to make up for it by building through youth. But also, must find a new head coach in the process, of building the core of the team.
This is also the third time in four years they will pick first and they had to overcome some big odds to get that top prize. Heading into Tuesday’s draft lottery they had a less than two percent chance of getting the first pick.
Cleveland took all-star guard Kyrie Irving in 2011 and selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett last year, right now Bennett looks like a bust, but it was his first year, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
It’s only the second time under the current lottery format, which was introduced in 1994, that the team with the ninth-best odds earned the number one pick.
The Chicago Bulls did it in the 2008 lottery to select future league MVP Derrick Rose.
Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers finished second and third in Tuesday’s lottery. The Bucks had the worst record and so the best chance of coming out on top in the draft lottery at 25 percent.
This is considered to be a talent-rich draft with two Kansas players, Andrew Wiggins, of Canada, and Joel Embiid, and Duke’s Jabari Parker, all being hailed as potential first-overall picks.
The 2014 draft will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 26.
If I was the Cavs, I would draft either the Kansas duo, or Parker, can’t go wrong with all three though.