The Cleveland Cavaliers captured the number one pick in the NBA Draft for the third time in four years Tuesday night, pushing the Bucks’ pick to second overall.
The Cavaliers held just a 1.7 percent chance of landing the number one pick, the ninth-best odds of the 14 lottery teams. The 76ers, holders of the second-best chance at the top pick, slipped to third, with Orlando and Utah rounding out the top five.
Both the Lakers and Celtics failed to crack the top five and with draft sixth and seventh, respectively.
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7. Los Angeles
*Detroit’s pick (top-eight protected) conveyed to Charlotte
*New Orleans’ pick (top-five protected) conveyed to Philadelphia
*New York’s pick (No. 12) conveyed to Denver; Denver owes less favorable of its two picks to Orlando
The Cavaliers will be faced with a difficult decision at the top of the lottery. Each of the last three times the Cavaliers held the top pick, there has not been a clear-cut number one prospect. Cleveland used its 2011 top pick to select Kyrie Irving, which has worked out rather nicely, but the team’s 2013 number one pick, Anthony Bennett, struggled mightily as a rookie. The Cavaliers will have their choice of Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, all considered legitimate contenders to hear their name called first on June 26.
The conversation on ESPN’s post-lottery show quickly turned from the lottery, itself, to the potential impact of the results on LeBron James’ future. James, who can opt out of his deal with the Heat after this season, could be tempted to return to his home state after a rocky (to say the least) split from the Cavaliers in 2010. But at this point, any talk of a return is pure speculation.
For the Bucks, the number two pick is obviously far less exciting than the first. However, Milwaukee remains in excellent position to grab a potentially elite player. At least three of the aforementioned elite prospects will be on the board, and the Bucks have plenty of needs to fill.
And if nothing else, at least Mallory Edens is now a household name among NBA fans. Though I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
— ThatNBALotteryPick (@ThatNBAPick) May 21, 2014
Bucks fans loved Mallory Edens before it was cool to love Mallory Edens.
— Dan Sinclair (@dan_sinclair) May 21, 2014
Mallory Edens.has no clue what's coming on twitter.
— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) May 21, 2014
Mallory Edens is the top trending term on Twitter. She's 18, you pervs…
— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) May 21, 2014
I'll say it. Mallory Edens is a star. #bucks
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) May 21, 2014