The 2013 NBA draft lottery has come and passed, with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the rights to the first overall draft choice.
The Cavaliers entered the draft with 15.6 odds to win the rights to the No. 1 selection. After 13 teams found their location, however, only one number was important.
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|1.||Cleveland Cavaliers||15.6%||Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky|
|2.||Orlando Magic||25.0%||Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas|
|3.||Washington Wizards||2.8%||Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown|
|4.||Charlotte Bobcats||19.9%||Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana|
|5.||Phoenix Suns||11.9%||Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV|
|6.||New Orleans Pelicans||8.8%||Trey Burke, PG, Michigan|
|7.||Sacramento Kings||6.3%||Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse|
|8.||Detroit Pistons||4.3%||Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA|
|9.||Minnesota Timberwolves||1.7%||Alex Len, C, Maryland|
|10.||Portland Trail Blazers||1.1%||C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh|
|11.||Philadelphia 76ers||0.8%||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia|
|12.||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors)||0.7%||Cody Zeller, C, Indiana|
|13.||Dallas Mavericks||0.6%||Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville|
|14.||Utah Jazz||0.5%||Dario Saric, SF, Croatia|
|15.||Milwaukee Bucks||N/A||Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State|
|16.||Boston Celtics||N/A||Mason Plumlee, C, Duke|
|17.||Atlanta Hawks||N/A||Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh|
|18.||Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)||N/A||Glen Rice, SG, NBA D-League|
|19.||Cleveland Cavaliers (via Suns, from Heat)||N/A||Allen Crabbe, SG, California|
|20.||Chicago Bulls||N/A||Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga|
|21.||Utah Jazz (via Warriors)||N/A||Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany|
|22.||Brooklyn Nets||N/A||Rudy Gobert, PF, France|
|23.||Indiana Pacers||N/A||Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia|
|24.||New York Knicks||N/A||Jeff Withey, C, Kansas Jayhawks|
|25.||Los Angeles Clippers||N/A||Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky|
|26.||Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies)||N/A||Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece|
|27.||Denver Nuggets||N/A||Shane Larkin, PG, Miami|
|28.||San Antonio Spurs||N/A||Alex Abrines, SG, Spain|
|29.||Oklahoma City Thunder||N/A||Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina|
|30.||Phoenix Suns (via Cavs, from Lakers)||N/A||Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico|
Orlando Misses Out
Entering the 2013 NBA draft lottery, the Orlando Magic had the highest odds of any team at 25.0 percent. Once the process had transpired, the odds proved to be irrelevant, as it was the Cleveland Cavaliers earning the right to select first.
The Magic will now pick No. 2 overall.
For Orlando, the options are varied, as it could land any player that doesn't go first overall. That could be Ben McLemore, the shooting guard out of Kansas, or Trey Burke, the point guard out of Michigan.
All we know is this—losing the No. 1 pick in this weak draft may be a blessing in disguise.
Top Pick Contenders
The 2013 NBA draft is unlike any in recent memory, as no individual has emerged as the prize of the process. In other words, the No. 1 pick has not yet been determined, as countless players are in the running for that honor.
The question is, who might go No. 1 overall?
Nerlens Noel of the Kentucky Wildcats is the most common name being thrown around, as his upside is perceived as higher than the rest of this class. His physical gifts are a major reason why, as he stands at just under 7'0" tall with a 7'4" wingspan.
It doesn't hurt that he's an elite defensive prospect with dominant shot-blocking skills and the athleticism to pick up the ball-handler off of the pick-and-roll.
Another option at No. 1 appears to be Kansas Jayhawks shooting guard Ben McLemore. McLemore, who stands at just under 6'5" with a 6'8" wingspan, is viewed as one of the premier shooters of this draft class with deep three-point range.
The question is, would Cleveland take McLemore after landing Dion Waiters in 2012? The odds are stacked against that transpiring.
Then again, the odds were against the Cavaliers to win the top pick.
With enticing athleticism and strong ball-handling abilities, one scout has referred to him as a "better version" of Ray Allen—a stretch, but the praise is noteworthy.
If not McLemore or Noel, the options appear to be limitless. Trey Burke of the Michigan Wolverines is the draft's top point guard, Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers may have the highest upside and Otto Porter of the Georgetown Hoyas is as well-rounded as any.
Until the pick is made, there's a strong probability that no one knows who goes first but the team picking.