The Cleveland Cavaliers must be ecstatic. The team has beaten the NBA lottery odds again and won the lottery for the second time in three years, giving the Cavs the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.
Nick Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert’s 16-year-old son, was on stage for another win. After he won it in 2011, Cleveland used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
The Orlando Magic are in the No. 2 spot, while the Washington Wizards made it spot No. 8.
It was 2003 when the Cavs won the lottery that landed them LeBron James and now they have another chance to help speed up the rebuilding process since his departure to Miami in 2010.
According to YouWager experts the potential No. 1 pick in 2013is Kentucky Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel who is certainly no James.
However, Noel could be the perfect addition for Cleveland once he’s recovered from a torn ACL — if the team keeps the pick. They also have Nos. 19, 31 and 33 for new coach Mike Brown, who the Cavs rehired after firing Byron Scott following a 24-58 season.
Dan Gilbert and the rest of Cleveland’s entourage — all wearing wine-colored bowties as well — celebrated their latest achievement, which came with 15.6 percent odds after they finished with the NBA’s third-worst record at 24-58.