2018 NBA Draft Lottery set for May 15

Cavs own Brooklyn’s lottery pick

Daryl Ruiter
April 10, 2018 - 3:03 pm
General view during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. The Philadelphia 76ers received the first overall pick in the 2016 draft

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – May 15 could be a very big night for the Cleveland Cavaliers affecting both the present and future of the franchise.

First, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled, when the Cavs will be playing the Celtics in Boston, and prior to that, the NBA Draft Lottery that will determine the order of the top picks in the 2018 NBA Draft in June.

It will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Cavaliers own Brooklyn’s ping pong balls and will be watching closely after acquiring the rights to the selection from Boston from the Kyrie Irving trade last summer.

Brooklyn currently has the eighth-worst record in the NBA.

The Nets won the draft lottery last year, but that pick had previously been dealt to Boston, who traded it to Philadelphia allowing the 76ers to land Markelle Fultz.

Cleveland has won the draft lottery thanks to a trade before.

In 2011, the Cavs traded Mo Williams and Jamario Moon to the LA Clippers for Baron Davis and their unprotected first-round pick, which had a 2.8 percent chance of winning the lottery. Cleveland, which had the league’s worst record, received the fourth selection but they hit the jackpot when the Clippers won the No. 1 pick allowing the Cavs to select Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs also won the lottery in 2003 where they selected LeBron James, 2013 netted Anthony Bennett and 2014 Andrew Wiggins. Both Bennett and Wiggins were sent to Minnesota for Kevin Love in the summer of 2014 following the return of James.