Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anthony Bennett (UNLV) reacts after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Win 2014 NBA Draft Lottery

Yikes. Today in “Dumb Things That Happened” the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in four seasons. They had eight teams in front of them, but moved up with only a 1.7 percent chance of actually receiving the number one pick. This franchise is so destructively incompetent that I would rather see the pick go to any other team. What a waste. My heart goes out to Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, and whoever else now must deal with the stress of potentially being sentenced to a rookie contract in the NBA’s armpit.

Perhaps that is a touch melodramatic—but only a touch.

This does not mean a lot for the Portland Trail Blazers as of right now, but it could help to balance out the talent discrepancy between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, assuming Cleveland doesn’t try to pull another Anthony Bennett surprise out of their hat. The top four picks in the 2014 NBA Draft will go to Eastern Conference teams, barring any blockbuster trades.

The full results of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery are as follows:

  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
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Denver Nuggets
  12. Orlando magic
  13. Minnesota Timberwolves
  14. Phoenix Suns

I am now more convinced than ever that there needs to be a better way of selecting the lottery order—perhaps even abolishing the system altogether. This is something that will assuredly be addressed by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in coming years.

Regardless of my personal disappointment with the results, it was nice that the Trail Blazers were not among this year’s lottery teams. They remain entirely unaffected by this shocking development, so at least today had some sort of built in satisfaction to balance out the horrendous disappointment.



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