Originally written May 21, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
The Cleveland Cavaliers will select first in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Cavaliers had a 15.6 percent chance of winning the top spot, and have now won the lottery for the second time in the last three years. Before the lottery results were revealed, Cavs representative Nick Gilbert stated that this would be the team’s final visit to the lottery and that a playoff push was in the immediate future. Cleveland general manager Chris Grant is widely considered to be coveting an upgrade to either the small forward or center positions, but has gone on record to say that they are going to take the best player available (per their draft board) rather than reaching for need. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is forecasted to be the first player off of the board in many mock drafts. “It’s a great organization and I’m really looking forward to the possibility of playing in Cleveland,” said Noel following the lottery. The 2013 NBA Draft will be held on June 27 in New York City. [Related: Dear NBA Lottery, I think we should see other people]
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