In the face of the frustration that came in the wake of The Decision, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally have their first piece of good news in the hopes of reversing their fortune: the No. 1 overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. Their number was called in tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery as the winner of the first overall choice after coming with a 19.9 percent chance of acquiring the choice.
The assumption at this point is that the Cavaliers will choose Duke point guard Kyrie Irving as the first overall selection given their need for a dynamic playmaker while, at the same time, taking a safe choice. Irving stands as the surest bet in the draft that also includes several intriguing foreign big men and Arizona’s Derrick Williams. The Cavs already have a solid low post presence in Anderson Varejao, so grabbing a young impact performer to lead the backcourt and play the point is key for future success. Irving is also the kind of unselfish, team and community oriented player the franchise can build around — serving as a solid citizen all around.
As for the rest, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the second overall selection and might take Williams to solidify their frontcourt, and the Utah Jazz now hold the third overall selection.