On Tuesday, the 2014 NBA draft lottery marked an unlucky day for many teams and a lucky one for few. With good-luck charms on hand, teams waited with bated breath while the fate-determining Ping-Pong balls rattled around.
When everything was settled, the order of the first 14 picks for June's draft was set.
Here's a look at the updated selection order following the lottery:
|7||Los Angeles Lakers|
The Cleveland Cavaliers must be doing something right when it comes to the draft lottery.
Cleveland won the first pick of the 2014 draft after having just a 1.7 percent chance to do so, moving all the way up from its original position at No. 9 overall.
In case you missed the action, here's a look at how it all unfolded:
This marks the second consecutive year, and third of the last four, in which the Cavaliers have come away as the lottery's big winners.
Cavaliers vice chairman Jeff Cohen was ecstatic while speaking with the Associated Press, via NBA.com:
It seems surreal. This is three out of four years and we had a 1.7 percent chance of coming up with the first pick and we pulled it off again. This means everything. This is the deepest draft arguably since LeBron (James) and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony came out.
Rebuilding is a process and we lost a player a number of years back that it was going (to take) some time. Quite frankly it's taken a little bit longer then we'd like, but we've been patient. I think now is the time we're going to reap the rewards of our patience.
Could the Cavaliers' rewards come in the form of Andrew Wiggins?
According to a tweet from theScore, that may be the case:
While Cleveland celebrates, not many other teams will be doing the same.
After the Cavaliers jumped to No. 1 overall, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers fell to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
Both of these teams are still in fine positions, as this year's top three picks are extremely valuable.
The Orlando Magic remain in solid position, holding the No. 4 and No. 12 picks. There's plenty of possible options still available—perhaps Dante Exum or Julius Randle—at their current position.
Alex Kennedy of NBA.com prefers the former, according to this tweet:
The Orlando Magic may be able to land Dante Exum at No. 4. That would be an excellent pick. Great player and fills a need.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 21, 2014
It will be the same for the Utah Jazz at No. 5. Exum figures to be gone by this point, so options could come in the form of Marcus Smart for the backcourt or possibly Randle, Noah Vonleh or Aaron Gordon for frontcourt additions.
Then there's the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Both of these teams may be considered the "biggest losers" of the lottery.
With Cleveland surpassing them, both teams are bumped down one spot each. If either of these teams were in the market to make a significant trade this offseason—perhaps for Kevin Love—the chances of doing so have dramatically decreased.
Although, from a draft standpoint, there is still plenty of value here. Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal tweeted one possibility:
The two big boys in the lottery, Lakers and Celtics, will pick sixth and seventh. One of those could be Julius Randle's future home.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) May 21, 2014
After the Sacramento Kings at No. 8 overall—a team that didn't have its draft position altered too drastically—we now have the Charlotte Hornets (yes, they are the Hornets again).
The Detroit Pistons originally owned this pick at No. 8 overall; however, it was top-eight protected. Now that it fell to No. 9, it is conveyed to the Hornets.
Brett Jensen of Fox Sports tweeted the big day for Charlotte:
Big day for @hornets. First the name change and having the Pistons fall out of the protected lottery spot to grab Detroit's pick at No. 9.— Brett Jensen (@Brett_Jensen) May 21, 2014
In this deep draft, the Hornets must be thrilled to now own a top-10 selection.
After pick No. 9, everything else remained the same.
The New Orleans Pelicans' No. 10 pick was conveyed to the 76ers as expected. The same can be said for the New York Knicks' No. 12 selection, which is now in the hands of the Magic.
A wild offseason was already expected, as many of the NBA's lottery teams are either in transition or looking to make a big splash in an effort to get over the hump and into the playoffs.
After Tuesday's draft lottery, the games will officially begin.