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5 NBA Draft Lottery Picks You Needed to See Announced Live

These 5 Draft Lottery Results Were Worth Seeing Announced Live

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Part of the wait ended on Tuesday night when the order of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery picks was announced via the ever-scientific ping pong ball method. As usual, there were some big surprises and moments that left everyone speechless. Thanks to Slingbox, I didn’t miss any of them, even though I had to work late.

5. Charlotte Hornets

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5. Charlotte Hornets

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The best part about this pick was the fact the team was announced as the Charlotte Hornets, officially putting the Bobcats’ name to rest — that was definitely worth seeing live. It was also great because it means the Pistons won’t get a first-round pick, which makes it really funny to those of us who accused them of tanking this past season.

4. Philadelphia 76ers (twice)

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4. Philadelphia 76ers (twice)

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The first of the Sixers’ picks that was announced was really funny because of the disgusted look on Dr. J’s face. Then the Philly legend who was representing the team was grumpy again when the Sixers, who undoubtedly tanked like no other team, ended up with the third overall pick instead of the first or second. The look on his face — and the shock that came with it — was only awesome if seen live.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

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3. Los Angeles Lakers

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Ok, pretty much everyone thought the league would give the Lakers the first pick in a cliche conspiracy theory culmination. However, the pleasant surprise (and slight disappointment because of the bogus conspiracy theory) was one of those rare “whoa!” feelings you only get from seeing something like that live.

2. Boston Celtics

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2. Boston Celtics

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So after the Lakers’ conspiracy theory went out the door, everyone immediately created a really quick one about the Celtics, who are the second-most popular team. But then when it was announced Boston got the sixth pick, everyone was really shocked by the NBA’s apparently honesty.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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Of course, the team with a 1.7 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick did…for the third time in four years. The “what the heck?!” reaction when it happened live was crazy, and now we have a new conspiracy theory: The NBA is trying to load up Cleveland with talent to lure LeBron James back home as a free agent this summer. You see that now? Yeah, you can say you heard it here first.