The Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers were basically involved in tank wars in the 2013-14 NBA regular season, with plenty of other teams tanking as well. All of their efforts to build a losing team were leading to Tuesday night in New York for the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. The ping pong balls have settled and here’s how the top 14 picks are going to shake out in late June for the draft:
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
5. Utah Jazz
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic
14. Phoenix Suns
There’s obviously a few things to note about the lottery order. The Cavs hopped from having the ninth best odds to having the top overall pick, once again having unreal luck in the lottery. Also, the 76ers acquired the 10th pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in the Jrue Holiday trade and the Hornets acquired the ninth pick from the Detroit Pistons in the Ben Gordon trade.
One of the interesting things about this draft is that the top three prospects could all go number one and all three prospects could fill a need for almost any of the teams picking at the top of this draft. There’s no telling where the trio of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker will each end up individually, but they could all seemingly fit a need for teams that have a lot of them.
This draft class has long been billed as one full of game-changing talent. Not only are the top three prospects potential stars in this league, but you could make an argument that at least six-to-eight players that are projected to go to the lottery have the chance to develop into All-Star level talent in this league.
You always have to look out for surprises when it comes to the NBA Draft. You need not look any further than the 2013 NBA Draft when the Cavaliers shocked everyone by taking Anthony Bennett with the first-overall pick. We can almost certainly say that the Wiggins, Parker or Embiid will be the first guy off of the board, but we don’t know which of the three and there’s always the chance for a wildcard selection, especially with Cleveland selecting there again. What we do know for sure now, though, is that the Cavaliers will be making the pick.