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2018 NBA Draft Lottery: Cavs earn eighth overall pick

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While the Cleveland Cavaliers were in Boston preparing to take on the Celtics in Game 2, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and his son, Nick, were in Chicago at the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery. It’s been somewhat unfamiliar territory for Cleveland. Ever since LeBron James returned to the wine and gold in 2014, the Cavs haven’t really used any first-round picks, let alone be involved in the lottery.

Due to the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, the Cavs had the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick this season. With the eighth-best odds in the lottery, the wine and gold ended up right where they should have, earning the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft this June.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, Nick’s good luck from both 2011 and 2013 seemed to have worn off this time around. Then again, the eighth pick will still provide a very good player for the wine and gold, if they indeed plan to use the pick rather than trade it. At least Nick had the best outfit at the lottery.l

With the lottery complete, the organization is all but certainly disappointed by what they received in the deal for Irving. The deal netted Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the eighth-overall pick. The first two aren’t even on the Cavs anymore and Zizic hasn’t played any meaningful minutes in the postseason. That means that the wine and gold essentially traded one of the best point guards in the league and didn’t get a star in return. Watching young stars like Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown play so well on the Celtics this postseason just makes the Irving deal hurt even more.

The Cavs have had the No. 8 pick five times in franchise history:

  • 1974: Campy Russell
  • 1986: Ron Harper
  • 1999: Andre Miller
  • 2000: Jamal Crawford
  • 2001: DeSagana Diop

In a draft that has plenty of top talent, the Cavs can still select someone that can make an immediate impact with the eighth pick. With that said, a top-3 pick would have been really, really good. Not only due to the talent, but because some believe there’s a good chance that if James stays in Cleveland, the Cavs will trade that first-round pick. The higher the pick, the more they could have gotten in exchange for it. Then again, who knows what will happen between now and June 21.

The results of the lottery:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers
  9. New York Knicks
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. LA Clippers
  13. LA Clippers
  14. Denver Nuggets