On May 17, the NBA held their annual draft lottery where the 14 teams that didn’t qualify for the playoffs are given a chance to win the first selection of the draft which will be held on June 23. The purpose of the NBA lottery, where the team with the worst record is given approximately a 25% chance of picking first and so forth down the line, is to prevent teams from tanking games in order to obtain the number one selection.
Without further adieu here is the lottery order as determined by the May 17 drawing,1. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Clippers) 2. Minnesota Timberwolves 3. Utah Jazz (from New Jersey Nets) 4. Cleveland Cavaliers 5. Toronto Raptors 6. Washington Wizards 7. Sacramento Kings 8. Detroit Pistons 9. Charlotte Bobcats 10. Milwaukee Bucks 11. Golden State Warriors 12. Utah Jazz 13. Phoenix Suns 14. Houston Rockets.
This article will examine the winners and losers of the draft lottery with analysis. The article will also look at the top 10 prospects in the upcoming draft.
Cleveland won lottery with the pick they received from Los Angeles Clippers along with Baron Davis (15 games, 13.9 points, 42.1% FG,41.4 3pt% and 6.1 APG ) in exchange for guard Mo Williams ( 22 games,15.2 points,5.6 APG, 3 TO, 42.2 FG% and39.3%3PT) and forward Jamario Moon (3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 42.5% FG and 39.3% 3pointers). The Cavaliers are also picking fourth in the draft as a result of finishing the season with the second worst overall record at 19-63.
What truly made Cleveland, who hasn’t had the first overall pick since 2003 when they selected LeBron James, winners was the pick they received from Los Angeles Clippers only had a 2.8% chance of turning into the first selection. The Clippers finished the season32-50 which was the eighth worst record overall.
Utah is a winner in the lottery because they got two picks, the number three pick which they obtained from the New Jersey Nets along with last years third overall pick Derrick Favors (8.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks with the Jazz) and point guard Devin Harris (15.4 points, 5.4 assists. 41.3 FG% and 35.7% three-pointers with the Jazz) in exchange for point guard Deron Williams (15 games, 15 points, 12.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds with the Jazz) plus the Jazz have their own pick at number 12. New Jersey finished tied with the Sacramento Kings for the fifth worst record at 24-58.
Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings
Minnesota, who had a 25% chance of securing the number one overall pick, does not make the loser list because they finished the season with a NBA worst 17-65 record. Minnesota, who picks second in the draft, makes the list because the Timberwolves have never won the first selection in 14 appearances in the draft lottery. Toronto (22-60), Washington (23-59), and Sacramento (24-58) dropped two spots apiece despite having the third, fourth and fifth worst record in the NBA.
Top 10 prospects in draft
Kyrie Irving- 6’2 180 lbs. PG 11 G, 17.5 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 TO, 52.9 FG%, 74.6% FT, 56.8 3PT%
Irving, who is considered to be the top prospect in the 2011 draft, is a 19-year old point guard from Duke University. Irving, who suffered a right toe injury that caused him to miss the majority of his freshman year, was extremely electrifying when he was able to get on the court as he proved against Michigan State and Arizona (in the NCAA tournament). Irving with experience has the talent to develop into an elite point guard at the NBA level. Irving dumped in 31 against Michigan State on 8 of12 shooting and posted 28 points against Arizona on 9 of 15 shooting in what proved to Irvings last collegiate game.
Derrick Williams- 6’8″ 241 lbs. SF 19.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.6 TO, 1.1 APG, 59.5 FG%, 74.6 FG%, 56.8 3PT%
Williams, who is 20-years old, stock really rose during Arizonas NCAA tournament run where Williams averaged 23 points and 9.3 rebounds. In addition, Williams increased his numbers across the board from his freshman to his sophomore year. Williams produced 11 double-doubles and helped eliminate Duke in the NCAA Tournament by pouring in 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds including six on the offensive end.
Enes Kantner- 6’10” 255lbs. PF/C
Kantner, 19-years old, was declared ineligible to play at the University of Kentucky because Kantner was determined to have received payment of inexcess of $33,000 while playing for a club team in his native Turkey. The NCAA allows foreign players to collect a stipend while playing oversees as long as the payment is at or below the amount to cover necessary expenses. Kantner is a strong, high-skilled big- man whose game is well polished on both ends of the floor.
Brandon Knight- 6’3 188 lbs. PG 17.3 PPG, 4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 3.2 TO 42.3 FG%, 79.5 FT%, 37.7% 3PT%
Knight, who went to Kentucky as one of the most highly publicisized recruits out of high school, had an up-and-down freshman year. Knight scored decently but needs to improve his shot-selection and cut down on his turnovers. A positive for Knight is that Knight left it all out the floor against North Carolina and UConn in the NCAA regional final and the Final Four semi-finals. Knight didn’t shoot well in either game combining to go 13 for 41 from the floor, however Knight did score 22 points while hitting five three pointers against North Carolina and then valiantly put up 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds versus UConn. The most impressive statistic about those games is that Knight turned the ball over just six times in those two games.
Kawhi Leonard- 6’7″ 225 lbs. SF 15.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.4 STL. 44.4 FG%, 75.9 FT%, 29.1 3PT%
Leonard, who is 19-years old, put up good numbers against Mountain West competition at San Diego State where he averaged a double-double. Leonard is an extremely athletic defender who has a strong work however, Leonard will have to work on his outside shooting especially if he is going to play out on the wings in the NBA. Leonard is also an excellent and relentless rebounder.
Bismack Blyombo ‘” 6’9″ 243 PF/ C 17 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 2 PFG, 56.1 FG%, 55.3 FT%,
Blyombo, who is 18 years old from the Republic of the Congo, played the 2010-2011 season in the ACB which is Spains top league. Blyombos offensive skills are still raw, Blyombo is very athletic and an excellent shotblocker.
Kemba Walker- 6’3 PG 23.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.5 APG, 2.3 APG, 1.9 STL, 42.8 FG%, 81.9 FT%, 33 3 PT%
Walker, who is an early draft entrant, led the University of Connecticut to a national championship in 2011. Walker, known as a scorer, really came through big-time for UConn in the Big East and NCAA Tournaments scoring 24 and 23.5 points respectively. In addition, Walker scored in double-digits in 40 of the 41 games he appeared in posting a triple-double and three double-doubles.
Jan Vesely- 6’11” 240 SF/PF 23.5 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 61.1 FG% 54.2 FT%, 28.2% 3pT%,3.2 PF (Adriatic League)
Vesely, who is from the Czech Republic and 21-years old, played for a Belgrade team in both the Adriatic League and Euroleague. Although Vesslys minutes increased in Euroleague play, Vesslys numbers dipped to 9.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG and 51 FG%. Vesely is extremely athletic but will have cut down on his fouls and be more consistent beyond the arc.
Tristan Thompson- 6’8 225 Forward 13.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.3 APG, 2.4 BLK, 54 FG%, 48.7 FT%
Thompson, who is 19 years-old and is entering the draft after just one year at Texas, is extremely athletic and a good rebounder. Thompson though will have to improve his range and free-throw shooting to be an effective NBA player. Expect it to take Thompson two or three years before he reaches his full potential.
Jonas Valancius-6’10 230 PF 14 MPG, 7.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.1 PF 70% FG, 91.7 FT%
Valancius, who is 19-years old and from Lithuania, played in the Lithuanian first division league and also in the Euroleague during the 2010-2011 season. Valancius is a good sorer and excellent rebounder that will have to avoid getting into foul trouble
“Top 100 Prospects” – Draft Express