Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is pulling out all the stops again by assembling a star-studded entourage for a trip back to New York for the 2013 NBA Draft lottery which will be held Tuesday night.
Cleveland rap sensation Machine Gun Kelly, Cavaliers broadcasters, local talk show hosts – including 92.3 The Fan’s Andy Baskin – and a pair of fans, Gerry Burma of Brecksville and Tate Moore of Wadsworth, make up the traveling party.
Nick Gilbert will again represent the Cavaliers on stage, while Cavaliers Vice Chairman Jeff Cohen represents the team inside the actual lottery room where the ping pong balls will be drawn.
The Cavaliers finished the season with the 3rd worst overall record at 24-58 giving them 15.6 percent chance of winning this year’s lottery.
The lowest the Cavaliers can pick in the draft is 6th.
Orlando, which finished with the worst record at 20-62, has the best chance of winning – 25 percent – while Charlotte has a 19.9 percent chance to win.
Cleveland has wound up with the No. 4 pick in each of the last 2 lotteries resulting in the selections of forward Tristan Thompson and shooting guard Dion Waiters respectively.
Thanks to a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavaliers received the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 allowing the team to select Kyrie Irving.
The Cavaliers enter this year’s draft with 4 selections – their lottery pick plus an additional first round pick – No. 19 overall from the Los Angeles Lakers, and 2 of the first 3 picks in the second round (No. 31 and No. 33 overall).
The actual lottery will take place prior to the results being broadcast at 7:30.