NBA: Draft Lottery Positioning with Updated Lottery Mock Draft

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the basketball world by coming away victorious in the NBA Draft Lottery for the sixth time in franchise history.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season with the ninth worst record in the league and had a 1.7% chance of coming away with the number one overall pick, but moved up eight spots in the lottery to win the 1st pick for the third time in the past four years and the second consecutive year.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the NBA Draft Lottery shaped out for the June 26th draft, including picks for the lottery teams (I will post a full first-round mock draft soon):

1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Cleveland has had some tremendous luck in the lottery selections since LeBron James left the Cavaliers, in which they have come away with three first overall picks and two fourth overall picks in the short four year span. PICK: C Joel Embiid, Kansas

2. Milwaukee Bucks- Milwaukee came into the lottery with a 25% chance of coming away with the number one pick, but slipped down one spot to the number two. This draft has a lot of potential future elite NBA players and they can’t do much wrong with any player (only time will tell) with this pick. PICK: SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

3. Philadelphia 76ers- Philadelphia will have another high lottery pick in this year’s draft in which they will attempt to add to their young roster with the defending Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams leading the charge next year. PICK: SF Jabari Parker, Duke

4. Orlando Magic- Plain and simple the Magic are in need of a point guard and the guy they should pick is 6’6”, has a great offensive game, and plays above average defense. PICK: PG Dante Exum, Australia

5. Utah Jazz- The Utah Jazz are stacked in the frontcourt with Derrick Favors and Enis Canter to go along with strong guard play consisting of Trey Burke, Gordon Heyward, and Alec Burks. The thing lacking from this squad is their defensive intensity and I know just the guy who would aid that void. PICK: SG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State University

6. Boston Celtics- The only proven player left on this roster is Rajon Rondo, so just about any player taken at this pick would be beneficial for Boston. The Celtics finished with the 4th worst offense in the NBA last season so I expect them to key in on a shooter for Rondo. PICK: SF Doug McDermott, Creighton

7. Los Angeles Lakers- The Lakers will be ecstatic if somehow Dante Exum is still available at the seventh overall pick, but if he doesn’t then I expect the Lakers to improve their frontcourt. PICK: PF Julius Randle, Kentucky

8. Sacramento Kings- Demarcus Cousins is one of the best centers in the NBA and if the Kings can get him a solid contributor to join him in the paint, Cousins would be a very happy man who wouldn’t have to carry the team on his back as much. PICK: PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana

9. Charlotte Hornets- Charlotte is back to having the Hornets as their team name and the first player to be drafted in this Charlotte Hornets’ franchise will be a great force in the paint, teaming up with former number one pick Anthony Davis. PICK: PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona

10. Philadelphia 76ers- Philly’s second pick in the draft comes at the tenth overall pick as they continue to grow their young core of players. I expect them to take a shooting guard with great range here. PICK: SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan

11. Denver Nuggets- The Nuggets will do the same thing as the Kings and Hornets with their lottery pick and bolster their frontcourt. The difference between the Nuggets pick and those listed prior, Denver will go for a seasoned collegiate player who played all four years under Tom Izzo. PICK: PF Adreian Payne, Michigan State

12. Orlando Magic- The Magic have two picks in the first twelve overall in this year’s draft and if they are able to land Exum with their first pick then they must target a power forward with their second pick. PICK: PF Dario Saric, Croatia

13. Minnesota Timberwolves- Minnesota has two things on their plate with their lottery pick and keeping the face of their franchise Kevin Love happy. Minnesota will go out and get a solid combo guard who can score, pass, and rebound. PICK: PG/SG Zach LaVine, UCLA

14. Phoenix Suns- Phoenix improved their record by 23 wins from the 2012-2013 to the 2013-2014 season, including 48 wins this year yet still missed the playoffs because of the competitiveness of the Western Conference. The frontcourt was a down part of last year’s squad and I expect the Suns to pick up a versatile forward with their first of three first round picks in this draft. PICK: SF James Young, Kentucky

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan is a sophomore and is currently studying journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up a fan of the Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, and the California Golden Bears. His favorite player growing up was ASU alum Barry Bonds. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @TheBKing4

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