Fate at Fourteen

Cavaliers Lottery Luck Goes as Expected, Land 14th Overall Pick

by Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG)
5/18/22 | Cavs.com

The biggest surprise from Tuesday’s NBA action was the bus that hit Boston in the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The second-biggest surprise was the Kings moving up into the No. 4 spot in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery.

Almost everything else went chalk on a drama-free Tuesday night in Chicago – as the Cavaliers went into the drawing with a 97.6 percent chance of pulling the No. 14 pick and did exactly that.

Anderson Varejao barely got airtime.

The night’s big winner was the Orlando Magic, who took the top pick for the fourth time overall and first time since 2004, when they grabbed Dwight Howard No. 1 overall. Former Cavaliers assistant Jamahl Mosley was on stage for last night’s announcement as the Magic, who finished with the Conference’s worst mark at 22-60, will go into his second season ready to mix the top player from this year’s class to pair with Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs, the team’s two Lottery picks from a season ago.

One of the two head coaches (along with Byron Scott) that Mosely was as assistant with in Cleveland, Mike Brown, got a nice surprise as the new bench boss of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday – leapfrogging Portland, Indiana and Detroit to land the 4th overall pick.

The Wild Thing represented…

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