CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers hoped to go back to back in the NBA Draft Lottery Wednesday evening.
Just not as high as they hoped.
For the second consecutive year the Cavaliers won the No. 4 overall selection in the NBA Draft.
The New Orleans Hornets leapfrogged Cleveland and ended up winning the No. 1 overall selection.
The Cavaliers won a tie-breaking coin flip over New Orleans last month to claim the third best overall odds – a 13.8 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats will pick second and the Washington Wizards third.
Technically the Cavaliers did not win the lottery in 2011 even though they held the No. 1 pick.
The Los Angeles Clippers did but Cleveland had acquired the rights to their pick in a trade deadline deal which they used to select the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year – Kyrie Irving.
The Cavaliers’ actual lottery pick as a result of a 19-win season was the No. 4 selection which they used to draft forward/center Tristan Thompson.
Browns cornerback Joe Haden, receiver/returner Josh Cribbs and legendary quarterback and current Gladiators adviser Bernie Kosar joined owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cavaliers contingent in New York – just like they did a year ago in the hopes the ping pong balls would bounce their way once again.
Cavaliers Vice-Chairman Jeff Cohen represented the team in the lottery room where the ping pong balls were drawn and the combinations matched.
Gilbert’s 15-year old son Nick, who coined the phrase “What’s not to like?” a year ago, represented the team on stage.
The Cavaliers have four of the top 34 selections in the draft which will be held June 28.
They also have the No. 24 pick acquired in March from the Los Angeles Lakers for Ramon Sessions in addition to the Nos. 33 and 34 picks in round two. The 33rd overall selection was acquired from the New Orleans Hornets via the Miami Heat as part of the 2010 LeBron James sign and trade deal.
The first round will look like this from pick 14 to pick No. 1: No. 14 Houston Rockets, No. 13 Phoenix Suns, No. 12 Milwaukee Bucks, No. 11 Portland Trail Blazers, No. 10 New Orleans Hornets, No. 9 Detroit Pistons, No. 8 Toronto Raptors, No. 7 Golden State Warriors, No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers via Brooklyn Nets, No. 5 Sacramento Kings, No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers, No. 3 Washington Wizards, No. 2 Charlotte Bobcats and No. 1 New Orleans Hornets.