The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a very unlucky franchise. After LeBron James abandoned his home-state team for the sunnier climate of Miami, everything’s gone downhill for the Cavs. They’ve had terrible coaches, bad players, a general lack of basketball prowess, some terrible decision-making from the front office… whatever could go wrong has gone wrong for Cleveland. However, the Cavs are lucky in one very important area. The Cavaliers have dominated the NBA Draft in recent years, coming up successful on multiple occasions. After losing James, they got the first pick in 2011, the fourth pick in 2012, and the first pick again in 2013. After last night’s NBA lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers have landed the number one draft pick in back-to-back seasons.
The lucky charm has been owner Dan Gilbert’s son, Nick Gilbert, who was present for the 2011 and 2013 draft picks. This year’s draft wasn’t conducted by Gilbert, but by the team GM David Griffin, who was there to watch the ping pong balls bounce while holding one of Nick Gilbert’s famous bow ties as a lucky charm. Apparently, the luck turned out and Cleveland will get a second chance to rebound from last year’s Anthony Bennett mistake. This is the first back-to-back number one pick for a team since the Orlando Magic did it back in 1992 and 1993.
“It seems surreal. This is three out of four years and we had a 1.7 percent chance of coming up with the first pick and we pulled it off again,” said Cavs vice chairman Jeff Cohen. “This means everything. This is the deepest draft arguably since LeBron (James) and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony came out.”
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