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Lottery hands Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 pick in NBA Draft. Again.

May 20, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

It’s on new GM David Griffin not to blow this one.

For the second year in a row the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery and will select No. 1 in the upcoming NBA Draft (June 26). The Cavaliers won the lottery with the ninth-best odds — they had a 1.7 percent chance of getting the top pick. But the basketball gods like them. The Milwaukee Bucks will draft No. 2, the Philadelphia 76ers third.

All are assured a top flight player — likely one of Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. At least so long as Griffin doesn’t go off the rails with his pick like his predecessor.

This is the third time the Cavaliers will select No. 1 since LeBron James left them for Miami (the past four years). That’s a lot of Karma (and they didn’t need Dan Gilbert’s son Nick on the podium this year, it was Griffin).

The Cavs had the top pick last year and in a down draft then GM Chris Grant surprised everyone by selecting Anthony Bennett of UNLV, a guy who was injured and was already considered a project. He had just about as bad a rookie year one could have, with a PER of 1.1 midway through the season that climbed all the way up to a “not sure this guy lasts in the D-League” 6.9 by the end of the season.

But they have some interesting pieces, starting with Kyrie Irving (who will get a max contract extension this summer and he will sign it). Guys like Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson can be rotation players. This might spur Luol Deng or Spencer Hawes, two free agents, to consider staying. The Cavs have an open coaching vacancy that just got a lot more attractive.

The biggest loser with the Cavaliers leapfrogging everyone is the Detroit Pistons — by falling one spot from the No. 8 slot their pick goes to the Charlotte Bobcats, part of the Ben Gordon-Corey Maggette trade. Stan Van Gundy did not bring the Pistons luck.

Here is the first round draft order for the 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Cleveland
2. Milwaukee
3. Philadelphia
4. Orlando
5. Utah
6. Boston
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento
9. Charlotte (via Detroit)
10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans)
11. Denver
12. Orlando (from New York via Denver)
13. Minnesota
14. Phoenix

The rest of the draft (non-lottery):

15. Atlanta
16. Chicago (via Charlotte)
17. Boston (via Brooklyn
18. Phoenix (via Washington)
19. Chicago
20. Toronto
21. Oklahoma City (via Dallas, Houston and LA Lakers)
22. Memphis
23. Utah (via Golden State)
24. Charlotte (via Portland)
25. Houston
26. Miami
27. Phoenix (via Indiana)
28. LA Clippers
29. Oklahoma City
30. San Antonio

131 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unxpexted1 - May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I really don’t think the draft is rigged, BUT, the league could just hold it live so that it would erase the question. Why leave any seeds of doubt. What are you really accomplishing by having the draft behind clothes doors? Plus watching a guy open an envelop has no entertainment value.

    • longtallsam - May 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Clothes doors?

      • 5xchamp24 - May 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM


  2. mungman69 - May 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    This is such a deep draft that there will be NBA starters picked throughout the first round and maybe a couple picked in the second round.

  3. mungman69 - May 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Philly has 5 second round picks. Philly was so bad that if you get picked in the second round you’re going to make the team.

  4. mungman69 - May 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Cleveland’s odds of winning all three #1 picks is .007%.

  5. themagicfanguy - May 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    @casual 33 wins with how many early lottery picks? Yeah that’s what I thought. Worst roster there is.

  6. earpaniac - May 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I’m not a Bucks fan, but they didn’t “tank”. That roster was way too talented to be that bad. Not that they should be the Heat or anything, but you look at that roster on paper, they should’ve been .500 especially in the EC. Just hate to see them lumped in w/the ’76ers. Now THAT’S tanking.

  7. pw1265 - May 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    what a joke, what a complete joke this is!!! 3 out of 4 years…really?? Basketball proving again what a complete joke it is!!!!

    • 5xchamp24 - May 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      The NBA is not a joke. The draft system is, and that’s because of David Stern. It needs to be changed.

  8. mrnoshoes - May 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Charlotte Hornets*

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