The order has been set for the 2013 NBA draft, with the Cleveland Cavaliers again winning the No. 1 overall selection for the second time in just three years.
Cleveland came into the lottery only holding the third-best chance of taking the No. 1 pick (15.6 percent) but managed to win out ahead of the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards, who will pick at No. 2 and 3, respectively.
Bleacher Report's graphic below shows the full order for the 2013 draft.
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The @cavs get the 1st overall pick in the 2013 @NBA Draft. Complete draft order. http://t.co/HwSMQAx70Z5/22/2013, 12:59:55 AM
As delighted as the Cavaliers are with their selection, there's no doubt plenty of other teams who aren't so thrilled with their final standing. Read on to see who emerged as the biggest winners and losers from the lottery this year, as well as a full 2013 draft order—scheduled to take place on June 27, 2013.
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 1)
The Cavs didn't come into the lottery with the best odds, but they still finished with the desired outcome—the No. 1 overall pick—and emerged as big winners as a result of that. Especially, as ESPN Stats and Info notes, the odds of them winning another No. 1 pick weren't all that great.
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Cavaliers are the 1st team to pick No. 1 twice in a 3-year span since the Magic in 1992-93.5/22/2013, 1:11:07 AM
Their selection that year was Kyrie Irving, who has shown to be a brilliant pickup for them in his first few seasons. They'll be hoping for more of the same in 2013, and whilst many will be quick to say the name Nerlens Noel, Cavs general manager Chris Grant is keeping his cards very close to his chest at the moment—not giving away anything as to who the No. 1 pick will be.
Sam Amico @AmicoHoops
Cavs GM Chris Grant: There is no "clear-cut, obvious, no-holds-barred choice" at No. 1.5/22/2013, 3:22:26 AM
Noel fills a huge hole for Cleveland and would be a great addition alongside Irving, with the athleticism of the pair making for a potentially dangerous Cavaliers team.
Definitely big winners of the lottery this year.
Loser: Phoenix Suns (No. 5)
Before the lottery, ESPN's Chad Ford ran their mock draft simulator and ended up with the Phoenix Suns taking out the No. 1 overall pick.
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
This year … the Phoenix Suns came up as the winner's of the lottery in our Mock Draft simulation. http://t.co/plDGNSs3uY5/22/2013, 12:12:31 AM
However, once the actual balls had been set in motion, the odds weren't so helpful for the Suns—giving them the No. 5 overall pick for the draft.
Having never had the top pick in their 40-year franchise history, the struggling Suns could definitely have used one of the big names in the draft this year to boost their stock for the year ahead. And whilst they will still be able to pick up a very strong player at No. 5, the reality is that it isn't as high as they would have expected, or hoped, coming into the lottery this year.
It could be another long season for the Phoenix Suns.
Winner: Orlando Magic (No. 2)
Some might want to suggest that the Orlando Magic were losers of the draft this year, having slipped from a projected No. 1 pick to the No. 2 slot.
Yet in terms of players available and of all the teams to possibly land the top spot, they still ended up in the winner's circle this year.
Cleveland will more than likely take Noel, whom the Magic most likely weren't going to take anyway. That leaves them in a position with the second overall pick to take the player that best fits their current needs—Kansas' Ben McLemore—without being forced into trading the No. 1 overall pick.
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Orlando can take McLemore second now. Might have traded rights to No. 1 since they already have Vucevic5/22/2013, 1:00:14 AM
Alternatively, if McLemore isn't the way they want to go, there's every other option at point guard, including Trey Burke, whom they could pursue at No. 2.
Either way, the Magic were still big winners from the lottery this year despite not landing the No. 1 overall pick like the numbers suggested they would.
Loser: Charlotte Bobcats (No. 4)
It's hard not to consider Charlotte a loser and feel sorry for them all at the same time after missing out on the No. 1 pick in a big way this year.
After a woeful season, the Bobcats could desperately have used the No. 1 selection this year to try to rebuild their franchise. Yet they didn't get the top pick and ended up falling behind the Washington Wizards, who entered the lottery with just a 3.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 spot.
Just like they missed out on Anthony Davis, they again missed out here.
The good news for Charlotte is that this year's draft class is very level and that there's a slew of prospects who could be selected in the first three picks.
It'll desperately be hoping that's the case come draft day.
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||15.6 percent|
|2||Orlando Magic||25.0 percent|
|3||Washington Magic||3.5 percent|
|4||Charlotte Bobcats||19.9 percent|
|5||Phoenix Suns||11.9 percent|
|6||New Orleans Pelicans||8.8 percent|
|7||Sacramento Kings||6.3 percent|
|8||Detroit Pistons||3.6 percent|
|9||Minnesota Timberwolves||1.7 percent|
|10||Portland Trail Blazers||1.1 percent|
|11||Philadelphia 76ers||0.8 percent|
|12||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Raptors)||0.7 percent|
|13||Dallas Mavericks||0.6 percent|
|14||Utah Jazz||0.5 percent|
|18||Atlanta Hawks (from Rockets)||N/A|
|19||Cleveland Cavaliers (from Heat)||N/A|
|21||Utah Jazz (from Warriors)||N/A|
|24||New York Knicks||N/A|
|25||Los Angeles Clippers||N/A|
|26||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Grizzlies)||N/A|
|28||San Antonio Spurs||N/A|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||N/A|
|30||Phoenix Suns (from Lakers)||N/A|
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