Posted May 22, 2013

Cavaliers win 2013 NBA draft lottery

2013 NBA draft, Ben Golliver, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards
Nick Gilbert (left) won the NBA draft lottery for the second time in three years. (David Dow/Getty Images)

Nick Gilbert (left) won the NBA draft lottery for the second time in three years. (David Dow/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the rights to the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft during the league’s annual lottery drawing on Tuesday. The draft is set for June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Nick Gilbert, son of owner Dan Gilbert, represented the team on stage, as he did in 2011, when the Cavaliers won the right to select Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick.

“I just had a feeling that we could get hopefully get a top pick, which we did,” Nick Gilbert said. “Whoever we pick can make our final push into the playoffs.”

The Cavaliers finished with a 24-58 record, the third-worst in the league, and leapfrogged over the Magic and Bobcats to earn the No. 1 selection.

“This is huge for us,” Dan Gilbert said. “It’s our third year in a row in the lottery. Hopefully it’s our last for a long, long time. I knew [Nick] is lucky.”

The Magic, who finished a league-worst 20-62, will select No. 2 overall. The Wizards, who finished 29-53, jumped up from the No. 8 spot and will select third in the draft. The Bobcats will select fourth.

The Raptors did not jump up into the top-three of the draft order and will therefore convey their pick to the Thunder — via the Rockets — as part of trades involving Kyle Lowry and James Harden.

Be sure to check out Chris Mannix’s latest SI.com Mock Draft right here. The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney also laid out the needs of all 14 lottery teams on Tuesday.

The full 2013 first-round draft order is below.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Orlando Magic

3. Washington Wizards

4. Charlotte Bobcats

5. Phoenix Suns

6. New Orleans Pelicans

7. Sacramento Kings

8. Detroit Pistons

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

10. Portland Trail Blazers

11. Philadelphia 76ers

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets)

13. Dallas Mavericks

14. Utah Jazz

15. Milwaukee Bucks

16. Boston Celtics

17. Atlanta Hawks

18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers)

20. Chicago Bulls

21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets)

22. Brooklyn Nets

23. Indiana Pacers

24. New York Knicks

25. Los Angeles Clippers

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets)

27. Denver Nuggets

28. San Antonio Spurs

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers)

8 comments
JaredMcElhaney
JaredMcElhaney

I would think the quartet - not simply a trio of Waiters, Irving, Noel AND T. Thompson could lure L. James back. The Front Office continues to make smart moves and this should only help. Don't be surprised if the Cavs trade their 3 others picks (1 - 1st, 2 - 2nd) to move up to as high as 5 in an attempt to get Otto Porter.

John4
John4 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@JaredMcElhaneyJared - You truly believe a 19 pick and two second rounders are worth the 5th overall pick?  What planet are you from?  Why would any NBA team trade out of the top of the draft in order to obtain additional second round picks?  Buddy - YOU'RE living in a dream world.  And this is confirmed by you with your idiotic mention of luring LeBron back to Cleveland.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as Bill Clinton starts enjoying sex with Hilary.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as Barney Frank appears capable and intelligent.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as the Dallas Cowboys become the best managed team in the NFL.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as Giselle leaves Tom Brady for Lil Wayne.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as Barack Obama admits he's the fraud he is.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as Democrat Politicians actually benefit the working man and woman.  LBJ becomes a Cavalier as soon as (and this one was interesting for a while!) the Clippers win the NBA Championship.  

Jared - Quick!  Please consider leaving your own little foolish fantasy world and rejoin reality.  the longer you wait, the more likely you to think your own little world is reality.  That would be sad and pitiful.  

runaway06
runaway06 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@JaredMcElhaney LOL! are you serious? You really think that LeBron would ditch his self-respect and go back to an owner who acted like he literally owned LeBron and  a city that burned effigies of him? Miami>>>>>Cleveland

FCC
FCC

box up the sixers.  they are out for a long long time.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Bobcats, Hornets, whatever - they will suck .

metalkiwis
metalkiwis like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

So is a roster of Waiters, Irving and Noel good enough to lure LeBron back after next year?