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2013 NBA Draft Picks – complete first-round order Cavaliers No.1 Pick

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For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the odds, winning Tuesday night’s Pre Draft lottery and locking the No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft.

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The Orlando Magic entered the lottery with 25% chances of securing the first pick, but fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards leaped five spots, jumping from eighth to third in the lottery selection. The Charlotte Bobcats, who will retake the Hornets moniker starting next season, fell from the second to the fourth spot in the lottery. The Phoenix Suns will pick fifth, followed by New Orleans, Sacramento, Detroit, Minnesota, Portland, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Utah. Meanwhile, the OKC Thunder will use Toronto’s pick as payment for a previous trade because it didn’t move into the top three.

Winning the rights to the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft could deal the Cavs the talent and balance they’ve been looking since Lebron James’ departure to Miami in 2010. Ten years after picking James in the first round of the 2003 draft, the Cavaliers will take the chance to bring new blood, rebuild their team and finally get back to victory lane after three losing seasons. With James leading the team, the Cavs won two Central Division Championships (2009 2010) and an Eastern Conference Championship in 2007. But right after James’ departure, Cleveland dropped to the bottom of the league, scoring disappointing seasons records in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Following a 61-21 winning record achieved in the 2009-10 season, the Cavs won only19 games in the 2010-11 season, setting a record for the biggest single-season drop in NBA history. The team lost a total of 63 games, including a 26-game losing streak that set an NBA record and tied the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in any U.S professional sport league. Cleveland finished the regular season with a 21 wins and 45 losses, improving their previous record and finishing in 13th place in the Eastern Conference.

The potential No. 1 pick this year, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, who could be a nice addition for the Cavs once he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee sustained last season. Guards Ben McLemore of Kansas and Trey Burke of Michigan, 2013 Big Ten and National Player of the year, and Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. are also amongst the top players available at this year’s draft.

Here’s the complete first-round order for the coming 2013 NBA Draft:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
    2. Orlando Magic
    3. Washington Wizards
    4. Charlotte Bobcats
    5. Phoenix Suns
    6. New Orleans Pelicans
    7. Sacramento Kings
    8. Detroit Pistons
    9. Minnesota Timberwolves
    10. Portland Trail Blazers
    11. Philadelphia 76ers
    12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Raptors)
    13. Dallas Mavericks
    14. Utah Jazz
    15. Milwaukee Bucks
    16. Boston Celtics
    17. Atlanta Hawks
    18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets)
    19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
    20. Chicago Bulls
    21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)
    22. Brooklyn Nets
    23. Indiana Pacers
    24. New York Knicks
    25. Los Angeles Clippers
    26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)
    27. Denver Nuggets
    28. San Antonio Spurs
    29. Oklahoma City Thunder
    30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat)

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