For the third time in the past four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery. Even though they had a 1.7 percent chance of winning the first overall pick, the Cavs will be drafting first again. Ever since LeBron James spurned Cleveland in 2010, the Cavaliers have had two quality chances to rebuild their team, but their players haven’t gelled well and the Cavaliers are right back to where they were last year. In 2011, the Cavaliers drafted both Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson in the top five. Last year, the Cavaliers drafted Anthony Bennett out of UNLV.
With rumors going around that Irving may leave after next season in free agency, this makes it even more important that the Cavs select a star with the first overall pick. Luckily for owner Dan Gilbert and the Cavs, this year’s draft class is star-studded to say the least. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid all have the potential to be excellent NBA players. Each player could do wonders for this struggling franchise.
General manager David Griffin said after the lottery how important it is going to be to draft a player who fits their philosophy. The trio of Irving, Bennett and Thompson was a failure in Year 1, and the Cavs will need to find another face of the franchise, especially if Luol Deng leaves in free agency.
In the weak Eastern Conference, the Cavs will be a really formidable team with their top overall pick. While the Cavs could mess up and draft a bust like they did last year in Bennett, this draft class looks to be good and the talent at the top of it looks surefire to say the least. The 2014 NBA Draft is about a month away and it will be interesting to hear the rumors surrounding the Cavs in the coming weeks.