Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/27/13
On Thursday night representatives from the NBA’s 30 franchises and 13 of the world’s top basketball prospects will gather in New York City for the 2013 NBA Draft. In basketball, more so than any other major team sport, a single draft pick can completely change the fortunes and identity of a franchise. Top NBA draft picks have been known to turn perennial lottery teams into perennial contenders in just a few years. For this reason, the first overall selection in the NBA Draft is the most coveted draft pick in sports. The Draft Lottery, the event that determines which under-performing team from the previous season will win the right to pick first, is televised during primetime. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, and his sharply dressed entourage, erupted into a raucous celebration last month when the Cavs won the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Time will tell if the player Gilbert and the Cavs select on Thursday—whether Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Ben McLemore, or someone else—was worth
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