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article imageNBA: Cavs win the NBA Lottery and earn number one overall pick

By Austin Tyler     May 18, 2011 in Sports
Secaucus - The Cleveland Cavaliers had the number one pick back in 2003 NBA Draft when they took hometown hero LeBron James. Now the Cavs have another shot by taking the number one pick at the upcoming draft.
Before the Western Conference Finals started, the NBA hosted the annual draft lottery to see which one of the worst teams in the NBA for that year gets to choose first of the new talent being ushered into the NBA. Last year the Washington Wizards were in it, and claimed the number one pick by picking up then Kentucky Wildcat John Wall. We see how well that turned out as they were back in it this year with a 23-59 overall record.
The favorite to win the number one pick was the Minnesota Timberwolves who posted the worst record of the NBA for this year winning only 17 games and losing 65 games. The Toronto Raptors are also on this list with a 22-60 record along with the New Jersey Nets at 24-58, but traded away their pick to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams. The other team to trade away a top pick was the Los Angeles Clippers who traded Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavs for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. The Clippers had a record of 32-50, and had a nice chance of adding a nice piece to their already young roster.
The Cavs turned a pick from the Los Angeles Clippers that had only a 2.8 percent chance of victory into the top spot. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent his 14-year-old son Nick Gilbert to sit in on the lottery as his father Dan sat in the audience waiting on the ball to drop. Nick was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. After the lottery was over his father Dan called him “his hero.”
The Cavs did not just bring Nick Gilbert, they also brought along current NFL Cleveland Browns players Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden who downed a wine and gold jerseys Cavs jersey. They also brought former Browns star Bernie Kosar for a chance at some good luck.
The Cavs have to pick between point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke University, Derrick Williams of the University of Arizona, and Kemba Walker of the University of Connecticut. The draft is not considered that deep with some key players staying in college for another run at a national title like the one Kemba pulled off this year with UConn.
Top Ten Draft order for the 2011 NBA Draft
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from the Los Angeles Clippers)
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Utah Jazz (from the New Jersey Nets)
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Toronto Raptors
6. Washington Wizards
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10. Milwaukee Bucks
The draft is schedule for June 23, 2011, but the NBA is looking to be headed into a labor dispute this summer. We will have to wait and see if the NBA will endorse a lockout and will the draft go on as planned.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in the lottery 14 times and has yet to get the number one overall pick.
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