The Cleveland Cavaliers have not been the same since Lebron James left the team via free agency. Well that may be changing as for the second time in three years the Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association Draft Lottery.
According to ESPN, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert hopes that this is the last time that the team will win the NBA Draft Lottery.
“We were hoping regardless of what pick we got that this would be our last lottery,” Gilbert said. “We thought originally after everything had to be reset that it would be a three-year process. You never know. It could be four. We thought three years, but having No. 1 and 19, we’ve got a pretty good chance of this being the last one for a while.”
In addition to the first and 19th picks, the Cavaliers also pick 31st and 33rd. So, that gives new head coach Mike Brown, who was rehired by the team after being fired in 2010 for failing to win an NBA Championship after they went to the NBA Finals in 2001, plenty of talent to build a solid team.
The Cavaliers NBA Lottery win in 2011 is already paying off. That year the team selected Duke Blue Devils guard Kyle Irving who won the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, named to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge and was unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. If that wasn’t enough, Irving was also selected to the 2013 NBA All-Star game.
In addition to Irving, in the 2011 NBA Draft the Cavaliers had the fourth overall pick as well. They used that pick on power forward Tristan Thompson who was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Rookie second team and has improved in every single category besides blocks per a game.
So, come the 2013-2014 season the Cavaliers will have three top five picks on their roster with two of them being the first overall pick. That means if all three work out, the Cavaliers would have one of the best young triumvirates in the NBA for the next decade.
In the end, it looks like James bolting for the Miami Heat was the best thing for the team in the long run.