The Cleveland Cavaliers did it again.
Originally holding the No. 9 overall pick and with just a 1.7 percent chance to earn the draft's No. 1 overall selection, the team struck gold.
This is the second consecutive year—and third of the last four—that Cleveland came away the big winner in the NBA draft lottery.
With the Cavaliers moving up to the top spot, the draft order was shaken up in a big way. Most notably, the Detroit Pistons fell from No. 8 to No. 9, and with that, their top-eight protected pick was conveyed to the Charlotte Hornets.
Now that we know the complete order of June's draft, let's predict how the first round could possibly shake out.
Updated Draft Order and Predictions
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas|
|2||Milwaukee Bucks||Joel Embiid, C, Kansas|
|3||Philadelphia 76ers||Jabari Parker, SF, Duke|
|4||Orlando Magic||Dante Exum, PG, Australia|
|5||Utah Jazz||Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky|
|6||Boston Celtics||Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana|
|7||Los Angeles Lakers||Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State|
|8||Sacramento Kings||Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona|
|9||Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit)||Rodney Hood, SF, Duke|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans)||Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse|
|11||Denver Nuggets||Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton|
|12||Orlando Magic (via New York)||Dario Saric, SF, Croatia|
|13||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia|
|14||Phoenix Suns||Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan|
|15||Atlanta Hawks||Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State|
|16||Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte)||Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA|
|17||Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn)||Gary Harris, PG, Michigan State|
|18||Phoenix Suns (via Washington)||Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland|
|19||Chicago Bulls||Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA|
|20||Toronto Raptors||P.J. Hairston, SG, NBDL|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas)||T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State|
|22||Memphis Grizzlies||K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson|
|23||Utah Jazz (via Golden State)||Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse|
|24||Charlotte Hornets (via Portland)||Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette|
|25||Houston Rockets||James Young, SF, Kentucky|
|26||Miami Heat||Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut|
|27||Phoenix Suns (via Indiana)||Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers||Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||Vasilije Micic, PG, Serbia|
|30||San Antonio Spurs||Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions
Draft order courtesy of NBA.com.
With the first pick, the Cavaliers grab Andrew Wiggins. With so much athleticism and such a high ceiling, he may be far too good to pass up.
Even though he didn't participate at the combine, the image of his vertical quickly surfaced around the Web. Here's a look via a tweet from theScore:
Despite the injury concerns over Joel Embiid's back, it shouldn't affect his status as a potential top-three pick. It's all a matter of what his medical reports reveal to teams.
Jabari Parker will bring a huge boost to the Sixers, who are lacking some firepower on the wing. Pairing him with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams will begin to form a dynamic starting unit.
Dante Exum impressed in a big way during the combine. Teams and media came away very impressed with his maturity at such a young age. Alex Kennedy of NBA.com tweeted his thoughts:
Dante Exum is so nice and humble. So mature and poised for 18 years old. A lot to like about his game, even more to like about personality.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 16, 2014
According to a tweet from Scott Howard-Cooper on Tuesday, the Kings are interested in trading away their No. 8 overall pick:
Just filed to http://t.co/X75SPTIUSC: Kings put No. 8 on the trade block, wanting veteran instead of next rookie to develop. Link to come.— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 21, 2014
Well, depending on the asking price, a team could move into a great position, as Aaron Gordon is currently mocked at their spot in the draft.
Gordon impressed in a big way at the combine and should be a solid starter immediately. ESPN Stats and Info tweeted an interesting stat regarding his insane vertical at the combine:
Aaron Gordon's standing vert of 32.5 is better than Blake Griffin (32.0), Chris Bosh (30.5) and Dwight Howard (30.5)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 16, 2014
With the Hornets now taking over the No. 9 spot in the draft, they come away with Rodney Hood. He impressed during workouts, according to a tweet from Kennedy, and the Hornets' lottery luck could land them a very solid prospect:
Rodney Hood may go higher than expected in the NBA Draft. Here's my article and video of his workout (scroll down): http://t.co/oxWrlvRtYA— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 15, 2014
Rounding out the lottery picks, the Suns grab Nik Stauskas. Chad Ford of ESPN tweeted his combine measurements:
Nik Stauskas measured 6' 5.25" in socks. 6' 6.5" in shoes. 6' 7.75" wing. 8' 6" reach. 206 pounds.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 15, 2014
They aren't off the charts, but he'll be drafted for his shooting prowess from the perimeter.
Yes, the lottery shook things up in a big way; however, we're still more than a month away from the 2014 NBA draft.
Needless to say, expect plenty to change in that time frame.
The offseason has already been full of excitement and surprises—and we're just getting started. The draft will absolutely add to the drama.
Hang onto your hats.