In a change for years past, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and his bow-tie wearing son Nick will not be representing the Cavs at the draft lottery. Newly minted Cavaliers GM David Griffin will represent the Cavs at the event, which takes place this year on April 20.
David Griffin, not Nick Gilbert, will represent #Cavs on stage at draft lottery
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) May 13, 2014
#Cavs GM David Griffin will represent the team on stage at the lottery next week. The Nick Gilbert era apparently is over.
— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) May 13, 2014
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 13, 2014
Nick Gilbert isn’t going to the lottery this year? We’re doomed.
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) May 13, 2014
The Cavaliers only have a 1.9 percent chance of winning the lottery this year. In two out of the last three years, with Nick Gilbert representing the the team, the Cavaliers have won the first overall pick against long odds. In 2011, Cleveland won the first pick not with their own pick (which had a 19.9 chance of being the first pick), but the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round pick, which had a 2.8 percent chance of being the first overall pick and was acquired in exchange for Baron Davis. That pick was used to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, who went on to win Rookie of the Year in the lockout shortened season. Last season, with an entourage that included the Gilberts, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and local radio host Tony Rizzo, the Cavaliers won the first round pick with a 15.6 percent of winning. The first overall pick was used on UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett, who struggled all year after coming into camp out of shape due to shoulder surgery.