For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will pick first in the NBA Draft. Seriously. With just a 1.7 percent chance to win the fist pick, the Cavaliers won the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. If the order had followed how each NBA team finished this past season, the Cavaliers would have picked ninth. This puts the the Cavs in position to draft one of the top-three prospects in this year’s draft, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Joel Embiid of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke.
With their last two No. 1 picks, the Cavs have selected Anthony Bennett from UNLV (in 2013) and Kyrie Irving from Duke (in 2011). The Irving pick also was the result of the Cavs beating the odds, as the pick was from the Los Angeles Clippers and set in the back of the lottery. The Cavs own pick that year ended up being fourth overall selection and turned into Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
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 (via the Detroit Pistons)
10. 76ers (via the New Orleans Pelicans)
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic (via Nuggets)
13. Minnesotta Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns
The 2014 NBA Draft is on Thursday June 26 at at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.