Cleveland Cavaliers Win Draft Lottery…Again
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be partying like it’s 2003, 2011 and 2013. The Cavs have won the number one pick for the third time out of the past four years and did it by a definite long shot According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Cavs stood a 1.7% chance of getting the overall pick and would have had to get around this season’s basement dwellers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Coming into the lottery, the Bucks had the highest probability at winning the number one pick based on a combination of four ping pong balls. The ping pong balls, numbered 1 through 14, are put together in combinations of four and assigned to every lottery team. There are a total of 1,000 combinations but they are divided by record. Therefore Milwaukee had the most at 250 since they had the worst record of the lottery teams.
But despite that “accomplishment” of the Bucks, Cleveland took home the only thing they have basically won since Miami Heat forward Lebron James bolted from the team back in 2010. In 2011, they won the number one pick and drafted star point guard, Kyrie Irving out of Duke. Despite the close calls to the postseason, nothing materialized within his first two years. In 2013, the Cavs drafted forward Anthony Bennett, who has yet to make the type of impact the team was hoping for. Ironically, they won that pick 10 years after they got the number one pick to draft James back in 2003.
Now the ball is back in their court but they look questionable at this position given the history of limited success they have had with this draft spot. But analysts are predicting this to be a deep draft with talented players such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabaris Parker and Marcus Smart. It is fitting that this is described as a “deep” draft, because the Cavaliers may have to climb out of a “deep” hole to reach any form of success.
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