The heartbreaking departure of hometown hero LeBron James must have earned Cleveland some seriously good karma in the eyes of the basketball gods.
After winning the top-overall selection and taking studly point guard Kyrie Irving a couple years ago, owner Dan Gilbert’s organization once again was awarded the No. 1-overall pick in the NBA Draft.
The presumed top selection is going to be former Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel. However, Gilbert can now pick whomever he likes.
The Orlando Magic had the best chance of winning, with 25-percent of the ping-pong balls in the lottery. While they did not receive the coveted No. 1-pick, they did not fall far at No. 2.
The Washington Wizards, having selected John Wall and Bradley Beal with lottery picks over the last couple of years, really could have used Noel as a post presence. However, at No. 3 they will be forced to look elsewhere for a big man.
Whomever is chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 4 will be playing for the Charlotte Hornets in 2014, and the Phoenix Suns round out the top five.
The rest of the NBA Draft lottery selection order follows:
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trailblazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz