Last night, the NBA Draft Lottery took place at the Barclay’s Center in New York, and the results, perhaps more than usual, were shocking.
With just a 1.7% chance of taking home the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the lucky ping pong balls. It’s the second straight year the Cavs took the number one pick and the third time in four years getting it. They obviously struck gold with Kyrie Irving in 2011, but selected a dud (thus far) in Anthony Bennett. Their other high picks in recent years have included Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters.
The Milwaukee Bucks, who finished with a league-worst record of 15-67, nabbed the second pick while the Philadelphia 76ers got the third pick, despite going 19-63 and setting a league record for consecutive losses.
Take a look at the draft order for the first round:
7. Los Angeles Lakers
16. Chicago (From Charlotte)
17. Boston (From Brooklyn)
21. Oklahoma City (From Dallas via Houston and Los Angeles Lakers)
23. Utah (From Golden State)
24. Charlotte (From Portland)
27. Indiana (From Indiana)
28. L.A. Clippers
29. Oklahoma City
30. San Antonio
Under normal circumstances, the New York Knicks would’ve had the 12th pick in the draft, but they traded away their first-rounder in the Carmelo Anthony trade. The Denver Nuggets then used that pick as part of the big Dwight Howard trade and sent it to Orlando, who now has #12 in this year’s draft.
And hey, you know misery loves company. We’re not alone!
The Celtics have more picks in the 2014 & 2015 drafts then the Nets & Knicks have total picks COMBINED over the next 5 years
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) May 21, 2014