Cleveland Wins Draft Lottery
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Utah Jazz were all winners in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, in that order.
Utah’s pick originally came from the New Jersey Nets in the Deron Williams swap at the NBA trade deadline. The pick for Cleveland that moved up originally came from the L.A. Clippers, which they received for taking on the contract of Baron Davis for Mo Williams at the trade deadline.
The results have to feel like a sort of redemption for the Cavaliers. Losing LeBron James in free agency last summer isn’t something they can easily forget, but having two of the top four picks in any draft is a good start. Duke point guard Kyrie Irving – the top player available on just about every mock draft board – would fit in very nicely.
Here is the full lottery order:
1 – Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers)
2 – Minnesota Timberwolves
3 – Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)
4 – Cleveland Cavaliers
5 – Toronto Raptors
6 – Washington Wizards
7 – Sacramento Kings
8 – Detroit Pistons
9 – Charlotte Bobcats
10 – Milwaukee Bucks
11 – Golden State Warriors
12 – Utah Jazz
13 – Phoenix Suns
14 – Houston Rockets
What are your thoughts on the results? What should Cleveland do? Or Utah, who also has two lottery picks? Leave them in the comments below!