The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame long odds to win the NBA Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year on May 20. The Cavaliers had just a 1.7 percent chance of grabbing the top overall pick as they finished with the ninth worst record in the league this season.
Milwaukee and Philadelphia, the two teams with the worst records in 2013-14, wound up with the second and third slots, respectively.
Cleveland (33-49) has won the lottery three times in the past four years. The Cavs selected Kyrie Irving with the top pick in 2011 and Anthony Bennett, No. 1 last year. Irving was an All-Star this past season while Bennett flopped, badly.
Philadelphia also own the New Orleans Pelicans' pick, slotted 10th. The Sixers, if they keep both picks this year, will have four lottery selections on their roster next season.
Orlando has the fourth and 12th overall – from New York via Denver – selections while Utah gets to pick fifth.
Boston, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte (from Detroit) hold picks sixth thru nine. Detroit posted the eighth worst record but fell one spot with Cleveland’s climb up the lottery, which meant that the Pistons top-eight protected pick would be conveyed to Charlotte.
There is no clear cut No. 1 pick in a pretty deep draft class but Duke freshman Jabari Parker and Kansas’ duo of Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins are expected to be the first three players selected, in some order.
Cleveland has a major need at center and could also use help at small forward. Embiid is the likely pick while the Bucks could go with either Wiggins or Parker. The Sixers would be enthralled with either player.
After the above three players are taken anything can happen, so expect there to be a plethora of draft day trades.
Here is the rundown of the first round draft slots.
The full first-round order:
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic (from New York via Denver)
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns
15. Atlanta Hawks
16. Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte)
17. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
18. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
19. Chicago Bulls
20. Toronto Raptors
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston and Los Angeles Lakers)
22. Memphis Grizzlies
23. Utah Jazz (from Golden State)
24. Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)
25. Houston Rockets
26. Miami Heat
27. Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)
28. Los Angeles Clippers
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. San Antonio Spurs