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For second time in three years Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery

May 21, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert AP

You need some luck if you’re going to build a winner through the lottery (just ask the Thunder). Cleveland has gotten it’s share luck lately. Or, it’s just Karma balancing itself out, if you prefer.

For the second time in three years the Cleveland Cavaliers have got the balls to bounce their way and have won the NBA Draft lottery — they will have the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. And just like last time owner Dan Gilbert’s son Nick was up there on the dais in a bowtie bringing the team good luck.

Orland0, which had the best odds in the lottery, came in second. The Washington Wizards had 4.8 percent chance of landing the three spot (the eighth spot was expected) slid up into the top three, a good break for an improving roster that can find some help such as power forward Anthony Bennett out of UNLV.

That means for the second straight year the Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Hornets again) slid back in the draft. This time they will select No. 4. Tough break for the most depleted roster in the Association… except that they will struggle again and next year’s draft is much, much better.

Last time the Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving with that top pick, but this time there is nobody that good on the board. They have real needs at the three (Ben McLemore) but the bigger need is in the paint with defense and athleticism, so my first thought is they take Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. (Yes, he’s out until likely Christmas with a torn ACL, but you don’t draft for this year, you draft for the four after it).

Or, they could trade the pick packaged with other players or the No. 19 pick they also own. Nobody loves this draft so don’t be shocked if they test the waters.

The Cavaliers also fired Byron Scott and brought back Mike Brown to coach the team next year, so he will get a say.

And if you want to know why Cleveland won

Here is the full draft order for this year.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City (via Toronto Raptors)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz


15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston and Brooklyn)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis and Houston)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami, Los Angeles Lakers)

  1. northstarnic - May 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Actually, stern loading up Cleveland makes perfect sense. The story line is that MeBron, far and away the #1 commodity in the NBA, goes home and redeems his sorry ass, thereby making him an even hotter/more appealing commodity. Meanwhile, Cavs merchandise flies off the shelves and a small market team becomes the #1 draw on television. Greasing the wheels of that money machine. Nice job Stern. Who needs real competition when reality tv is so much more entertaining?

  2. mazblast - May 21, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I was in a restaurant that had the “lottery” on the big screen, and as soon as I saw the little geek with the bowtie representing the Cavs again, I said, “Oh, come on, not again, don’t tell me you rigged it again, Stern.” Sure enough, who comes out with the top pick…

    • hbdbrowns33 - May 22, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      you mean the little geek that has a disease? real classy

  3. joeyashwi - May 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    If it isn’t rigged then why don’t we see the picks?

    • andyhr17 - May 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Do you really want to see a bunch of ping pong balls bouncing around, watch them pick 4 of them, then look at a chart with 1000 combinations to try to see which numbers correspond with which team? Now THAT’S EXCITEMENT!!!

    • raidmagic - May 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Here ya go, watch all the video you want.

  4. nwodawg - May 21, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Really……. Rubio>>> Irving? Only if assists are worth more than points. Go back to Spain Mrs. Rubio because you are delusional. Just laughable!

  5. khmerson562 - May 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM


  6. ipointadvisors - May 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Stern likes to sit in his swivelingchair wearing only a che guavera tshirt and knee high old man socks while scrawling out the draft order with crayola crayons the night before the draft.

  7. money2long - May 22, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    all of you people screaming fixed need to be quiet if u weren’t saying the cavs would win before they won. had the bobcats won over the favored magic, yall would be saying, FIXED..stern wants MJ to be relevant ! had the kings won, yall woulda been saying FIXED..stern wants to give a gift to sacremento for the ordeal the city went through to keep their team ! o plz. i woulda had more respect for your “fixed” cries had one of you came out saying definitively that the cavs would win beforehand. saying it after the fact makes it look like you’re whining for conspiracies,. and that’s annoying.

  8. allen227 - May 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    And for the third year in a row LeBron will be playing for a championship. Who got the better deal?

    • asimonetti88 - May 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Hey, wait until the ECF play out! Crazier things have happened.

  9. packhawk04 - May 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Its rigged. The guy writing the article called it earlier. Of course, he called it for every team in the lottery and said “now, whoever wins, you know why its rigged.”

    Sorry douchbags. Nobody has ever been able to tell me who will win the lottery before it starts. Until then, its not rigged.

  10. Matthew Kitchen - May 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Has that kid aged a day since he won them the lottery two years ago?

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