Lucky Cleveland Cavaliers will get the number 1 pick in the star-studded 2014 NBA Draft


The Cleveland Cavaliers may have unsuccessful campaigns since former franchise player LeBron James left for Miami many seasons ago.


But Cavaliers fans will have a reason to celebrate as Cleveland struck the jackpot for a second successive year, and the third time in four, when they won the first pick in the NBA Draft lottery in New York on Tuesday.

"It seems surreal," Cavs vice chairman Jeff Cohen said. "This is three out of four years and we had a 1.7 percent chance of coming up with the first pick and we pulled it off again."

Cleveland have only a 1.7 percent chance of obtaining the first selection with the ninth-best odds but still emerged as victors in the much anticipated lottery.

In 2011, Cleveland finished with the second-worst record in the league but earned the right to pick point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke with the top selection.

Irving is the current franchise player of the team and is the reigning All-Star MVP.

Last year, the Cavaliers had the third-best chance of getting the lottery, yet they still came out on top and chose forward Anthony Bennett of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

But Bennett was ineffective in his first year with the Cavs and might be traded.

Two-time All-Star Irving of Australia was delighted by Tuesday’s lottery news and even tweeted: “Luck of the ping pong balls… Very exciting!!!”

The Milwaukee Bucks, who ended up with the league’s worst record in 2013-14, will pick second in this year’s draft, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers, who endured a 26-game losing streak during the regular season.

The next 11 lottery picks will be made by the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers, in the lottery for the first time since 2005, dropped one spot in the order to seventh while the Celtics, looking for their first lottery win, slipped one spot to sixth.

The top picks in this year’s draft are expected to include players such as Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid from Kansas, Jabari Parker from Duke and Australia’s Dante Exum.

This batch of rookies is considered as the best since the 2003 NBA Draft where perennial stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and David West were drafted.

"This means everything," Cohen said. "This is the deepest draft arguably since LeBron (James) and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony came out."

The 2014 NBA Draft will be held in Brooklyn on June 26.

--- with reports from Reuters

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