CLEVELAND – Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery determined the order that the bottom 11 teams will select their picks for the 2011 draft.
Here is the draft order:
1. Cleveland (Via LA Clippers)
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
3. Utah Jazz
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Toronto Raptors
6. Washington Wizards
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Golden State Warriors
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Houston Rockets
Watch Cavs’ GM Chris Grant’s post-lottery press conference in the video player.
This is the fourth time the Cavs have received the top overall pick in the draft. In 19he Cavs selected Guard Austin Carr from Notre Dame. In 1986, the team picked center Brad Daughterty from North Carolina. In 2003, the Cavs selected forward LeBron James, from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School.
The team with the league’s worst record has won the number one pick just four times in the 26-year history of the lottery, and the team with the best odds has won it just twice in 17 years under the current (weighted) system.
Here are the odds for the top 5 teams to get the first pick:
Minnesota 25 percent, Cleveland 19.9 percent, Toronto 15.6 percent, Washington 11.9 percent, Sacramento 7.6 percent.
Here are the top prospects for this years 2011 NBA draft class:
Kyrie Irving: The Duke freshman guard came back from a toe injury to lead the Blue Devils to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament. The six-foot two point guard from New Jersey averaged 17 and a half points a game while dishing over four assists. He reminds a lot of scouts of John Wall or Chris Paul with his ability to create for himself and others.
Derrick Williams: Next on the Cavs radar is the man who knocked Irving out of March Madness, Arizona forward Derrick Williams. The big fella can play either forward position in the NBA and shot nearly 58 percent from behind the arc. Williams was named the Pac 10 Freshman of the Year in 2010 and the Pac 10 Player of the Year in his two years at Arizona.
Enes Kanter: Although the Turkish center hasn’t seen game action in over a year, Kanter is still high on scouts’ boards. The 6-foot-11 center received benefits from his Turkish team so the NCAA suspended him for Kentucky’s 2011 year. Kanter dominated Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2010, as the Turk went off for 34 points and 13 rebounds on the Buckeye.
Brandon Knight: John Calipari can always find point guards, following in the shoes of Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, and John Wall, Brandon Knight is the next to lace it up in the NBA. Knight showed up big in the NCAA Tournament and has the wingspan to cause a ruckus in the NBA on defense.
Kemba Walker: Walker is another players who showed up big in March Madness, no player showed up bigger than Kemba Walker and the champion UConn Huskies. The junior guard played out of this world in the Maui Invitational, the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
Inside Cadillac Ranch on Euclid Avenue, fans gathered for the Cavaliers’ official draft lottery watch party.
Fans knew that when they got to the eighth pick without seeing their wine and gold logo revealed, they would be guaranteed a top three pick with the one that was acquired from the Clippers in the Mo Williams trade.
The Cavaliers own pick would come up at number four, then just before nine the Utah Jazz logo was revealed at number two giving the Cavs the first and fourth picks in this years draft.
The pick acquired from the Clippers had only a 2.8 percent chance of being selected number one overall.
“Would never have thought it was a possibility,” said former Cavs great Campy Russell. “For the faithful this is a great day cause who would have thought, one and four?”
Fan after fan expressed happiness for Cleveland and Cavaliers fans after the year that followed the decision/defection but hope springs eternal once again in downtown Cleveland.
“I love it, one and four, I mean this is amazing I love it Kyree Irving you’re coming here baby,” said one fan.
“Beautiful thing, Cavs they deserve it, Cleveland deserves it.”