Cavs don’t move up in Lottery, to pick 8th in NBA Draft

Suns win Lottery, Kings and Hawks move up to win 2nd and 3rd picks

Daryl Ruiter
May 15, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, adjusts his wooden tie during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping to hit the jackpot at the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday in Chicago but no such luck.

The Cavs will pick eighth in the upcoming NBA Draft to be held June 21st after the NBA Finals.

Brooklyn’s pick, acquired last August in the Kyrie Irving blockbuster, had just a 2.8 percent chance of being No. 1 and 9.9 percent of landing in the top 3.

"We're excited about the draft pick. It holds a tremendous amount of value for us," general manager Koby Altman told Fred McLeod of Fox Sports Ohio in an interview posted on the team's Twitter account. 

Senior director of basketball operations Brock Aller represented the Cavs in the NBA Draft Lottery room where the ping pong ball combinations are drawn while Nick Gilbert, son of owner Dan Gilbert, represented the club on stage for the broadcast on ESPN prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Suns, who finished with the worst record in the NBA last season, won the lottery. Phoenix had a 25 percent shot to land the No. 1 selection.  

The Sacramento Kings moved up to win the second pick and Atlanta the third selection.

Memphis’ odds were 19.9 percent for 1 and 55.8 percent for the top 3 while Dallas had a 13.8 percent chance at No. 1 and 42.6 percent to land in the top 3. The Grizzlies fell to No. 4 and the Mavericks to fifth.

Ironically in 2011, following a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavs had the same exact odds but won the lottery and subsequently selected Irving first in the draft. After finishing with the worst record in the NBA following the departure of LeBron James to Miami that season, the Cavs’ lottery pick was the fourth overall pick, which was used to pick Tristan Thompson.

The Cavs won the lottery in 2003 netting them LeBron James, 2011 which turned into Irving, 2013 netted Anthony Bennett and they won it again in 2014 that allowed them to pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins and Bennett were flipped to Minnesota for Kevin Love in August of 2014 after James’ announced his return.

Ante Zizic and now the eighth pick in the 2018 Draft are what the Cavs have left to show for Irving.

They dumped Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder at the trade deadline in February along with the 2020 Miami second round pick.

Thomas along with Channing Frye and their own 2018 first-round pick were sent to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. while Crowder went to the Jazz along with Derrick Rose for Rodney Hood. Cleveland also got guard George Hill from Sacramento in the three-team deal that saw Iman Shumpert dealt to the Kings along with that 2020 second-round pick via Miami from Boston.

Now that the dust has settled, it sure looks like Gilbert and the Cavs took a massive loss in the Irving trade.

The complete 2018 NBA Draft Lottery order. 

1: Phoenix Suns

2: Sacramento Kings

3: Atlanta Hawks

4: Memphis Grizzlies

5: Dallas Mavericks

6: Orlando Magic

7: Chicago Bulls

8: Cleveland Cavaliers

9: NY Knicks

10: Philadelphia 76ers

11: Charlotte Hornets

12: LA Clippers

13: LA Clippers

14: Denver Nuggets