Lottery Lands Legends

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NBA Draft LotteryIn this summer’s NBA Draft Lottery, the Wine and Gold will land anywhere between picks one and six with one of their first round selections. Since the NBA Lottery was formed in 1985, some great players and future/current Hall-of-Famers have landed within those first six picks. Here are the top three No. 1 through No. 6 picks in the Draft Lottery Era and the odds of the Wine and Gold landing those picks.



Tim DuncanNUMBER 1 PICK

13.8 Percent Chance1. TIM DUNCAN
2. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
3. DAVID ROBINSON


This towering trio has combined to win ten NBA Championships, appeared in 36 All-Star Games, earned 21 All-NBA First Teams honors and was awarded four regular season MVPs. Not too shabby. The Big Fundamental tops this list as he currently seeks his fifth title this season with his San Antonio Spurs playing in the Western Conference Finals.



Jason KiddNUMBER 2 PICK

14.3 Percent Chance1. JASON KIDD
2. GARY PAYTON
3. ALONZO MOURNING


Two prolific point guards from the Pacific Northwest and a Hoya top this list of number two picks in the Lottery Era. Kidd and Payton are arguably two of the top five point guards of all-time while Zo served as a dominate big man at both ends of the floor during a center-laden stretch in the NBA. This group has a combined 26 All-Star appearances and eight All-NBA First Team honors between them.



Pau GasolNUMBER 3 PICK

14.5 Percent Chance1. PAU GASOL
2. CARMELO ANTHONY
3. CHAUNCEY BILLUPS


I know what you are thinking. Although the three active NBA players listed here are all former all-stars and possible future Hall-of-Famers, there has to be a few better, retired legends that were picked third. You would be correct in your inquiry. A few notables picked third include: Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Kevin McHale to name a few. However, this list is from the Draft Lottery Era (1985) to present day. Point being, the third pick could land a top-caliber player for the Wine and Gold.



Chris PaulNUMBER 4 PICK

23.8 Percent Chance1. CHRIS PAUL
2. DIKEMBE MUTOMBO
3. CHRIS BOSH


If the Cavs land the fourth pick and have the potential to snag a perennial guard or forward, or a multiple Defensive Player-of-the-Year center, then one would think they would be very pleased with those results. Another notable fourth overall pick - selected prior to the Draft Lottery Era - was Cavs Head Coach Byron Scott in 1984 by the San Diego Clippers.



Scottie PippenNUMBER 5 PICK

29.0 Percent Chance1. SCOTTIE PIPPEN
2. KEVIN GARNETT
3. DWYANE WADE


The Wine and Gold have the best odds of landing the fifth overall pick at 29% and judging by some of the past No. 5 picks, that might not be a bad spot to pick. The top picks at five on this list are all NBA Champions, have combined to appear in 29 All-Stars and were selected to All-NBA First Team nine times. Another notable fifth overall pick - selected prior to the Draft Lottery Era - was Charles Barkley in 1984 by the Philadelphia 76ers.



Brandon RoyNUMBER 6 PICK

.046 Percent Chance1. BRANDON ROY
2. HERSEY HAWKINS
3. SHANE BATTIER


Not the most glamorous list of players at the 6th overall pick at first glance. However, all these players mentioned fit perfectly the Cavs' philosophy of drafting character guys who instantly improve your locker room. If it hadn't been for some unfortunate injuries which forced him into an early retirement in his prime, Brandon Roy was well on his way to becoming a superstar. Hawkins and Battier are the conssument professionals and models of consistent playing careers that every team needs. With some solid pieces already in place, landing a player similar to these three can only help the Cavaliers as they build for the future.