Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Draft lottery, will pick first

The Cavaliers will have the 1st pick for the third time in four years

5/21/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Draft lottery, will pick firstThe Cleveland Cavaliers weren't even really trying to tank this year, but they still landed the #1 overall pick thanks to the magic that is the NBA Draft lottery.

This is the 3rd time in 4 years that the Cavaliers will have the top overall pick, after taking Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Anthony Bennett in 2013. This year, they'll most likely end up with either Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid.

This is a huge coup for the Cavaliers and even the Bucks and Sixers, who got the 2nd and 3rd picks, will be able to land whoever is left of those three players.

Wiggins, Parker and Embiid are nearly unanimously thought to be the top 3 players available, and it's almost certain that they'll be the top three players taken.

After that, the Magic, Jazz, Celtics and other lottery losers will have to figure out what to make of the players who are left.

The Cavaliers continue to get extremely lucky, and teams around them must hope that they screw up monumentally, like they did last year in drafting Bennett. With the seemingly failsafe prospects at the top of the draft, it's unlikely that they'll do too poorly, but you never know.

This definitely doesn't help the NBA's credibility, with the same team continuing to defy odds and win the lottery, but they'll tell you it's on the up and up.
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