New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will be hoping the
third time is once again the charm when it comes to this year's NBA Draft.
For the third time in franchise history, the Cavaliers came out on top in
Tuesday's Draft Lottery to secure the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the
June 27 event.
Cleveland indeed hit the jackpot the first two times it won the lottery,
earning the opportunity to select four-time league MVP LeBron James in 2003
and current All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in 2011.
The Cavaliers, coming off a 24-58 season in which Irving missed 23 games due
to injuries, had the third-best odds to win the top choice at 15.6 percent.
Orlando, which owned the best odds at 25 percent after finishing a league-
worst 20-62, will choose second following Tuesday's draw.
Washington wound up as the biggest climber after becoming the last of the
three teams selected during the random draw. The Wizards had the seventh-
fewest ping-pong balls among the 14 eligible non-playoff teams.
Charlotte, which had the second-best odds for the top choice at 19.9 percent,
did not have its name drawn and will own the fourth overall pick, with
Phoenix, New Orleans, Sacramento, Detroit, Minnesota and Portland rounding out
the top 10.
Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas and Utah were slotted into spots 11-14, though
Oklahoma City owns the Raptors' pick as part of last October's blockbuster
trade with Houston involving James Harden.
Cleveland will have the opportunity to choose first for the fifth time. In
addition to James and Irving, the Cavs took center Brad Daugherty No. 1
overall in 1986 and Austin Carr with the top selection in 1971.
Whom Cleveland will decide on this year, assuming it keeps the pick, is still
up for debate. There is no slam-dunk choice to go first overall, with Kentucky
center Nerlens Noel, Kansas guard Ben McLemore, Georgetown forward Otto Porter
and Michigan point guard Trey Burke all possible candidates.
The 2013 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center, home of the
Brooklyn Nets, on June 27.
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