Spurs win NBA Draft Lottery, expected to select Wembanyama

First, it was David Robinson; next, it was Tim Duncan; now, it will probably be 7-4 Frenchman Victor Wembanyama.

On Tuesday night, the Spurs got some more luck as they won the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, which was conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago

The Spurs will have the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft; the draft will take place on June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

For the third time in franchise history, San Antonio holds the top overall pick, with the previous two being Hall of Fame big men Robinson in 1987 and Duncan in 1997, who helped the Spurs start their NBA record 22-year Playoff streak from 1998-2019.

“The team and the city that sticks with us and put so much effort and love into the organization, it’s just amazing for them to get rewarded,” said Spurs Managing Partner Peter J. Holt immediately following the Lottery. “So many folks have been with us a long time, and now everybody can feel rewarded and excited. My joy was a ‘we’ type of fun and joy.”

Going into tonight’s lottery, the Spurs(22-60) held a 14.0% chance to land the No. 1 pick. Since the Draft Lottery was introduced in 1985, San Antonio has owned seven total lottery picks, the fewest in the NBA.

Gregg Popovich could get another star big man and a player the Spurs could build around for years to come. 

Happy times in San Antonio!

Below are the results from NBA Draft Lottery 2023:

1. San Antonio
2. Charlotte
3. Portland
4. Houston
5. Detroit
6. Orlando
7. Indiana
8. Washington
9. Utah
10. Dallas
11. Orlando (from Chicago)
12. Oklahoma City
13. Toronto
14. New Orleans

Below is the order for the remainder of the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft:

15. Atlanta
16. Utah (from Minnesota)
17. Los Angeles Lakers
18. Miami
19. Golden State
20. Houston (from LA Clippers)
21. Brooklyn (from Phoenix)
22. Brooklyn
23. Portland (from New York)
24. Sacramento
25. Memphis
26. Indiana (from Cleveland)
27. Charlotte (from Denver via New York and Oklahoma City)
28. Utah (from Philadelphia via Brooklyn)
29. Indiana (from Boston)
30. LA Clippers (from Milwaukee via Houston)

Note:  The draft order above assumes that a team with the right to swap one pick for another exercises such right only if it is favorable to do so.

Below is the order for the second round:

31. Detroit
32. Indiana (from Houston)
33. San Antonio
34. Charlotte (from Charlotte via Philadelphia and Atlanta)
35. Boston (from Portland via Atlanta, LA Clippers, Detroit, and Cleveland)
36. Orlando
37. Oklahoma City (from Washington via New Orleans)
38. Sacramento (from Indiana)
39. Charlotte (from Utah via New York)
40. Denver (from Dallas via Oklahoma City)
41. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City via New York and Boston)
42. Washington (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers and Washington)
43. Portland (from Atlanta)
44. San Antonio (from Toronto)
45. Memphis (from Minnesota)
46. Atlanta (from New Orleans)
47. Los Angeles Lakers
48. LA Clippers
49. Cleveland (from Golden State via Utah and New Orleans)
50. Oklahoma City (from Miami via Boston, Memphis, and Dallas)
51. Brooklyn
52. Phoenix
53. Minnesota (from New York via Charlotte)
54. Sacramento
55. Indiana (from Cleveland via Milwaukee and Detroit)
56. Memphis
— Chicago (from Denver via Cleveland; forfeited by Chicago)
— Philadelphia (forfeited)
57. Washington (from Boston via Charlotte)
58. Milwaukee

Magic win the NBA Lottery!

The Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery 2022, conducted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. 

Orlando, who had the second-worst record in the NBA this season, had a 14% chance of getting the number one pick.

The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23, at Barclays Center in New York City.

The last time the Magic won the Draft Lottery was in 2004 when they selected Dwight Howard.

Below are the results from NBA Draft Lottery:

1. Orlando
2. Oklahoma City
3. Houston
4. Sacramento
5. Detroit
6. Indiana
7. Portland
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio
10. Washington
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from LA Clippers)
13. Charlotte
14. Cleveland

Below is the order for the remainder of the first round of NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm:

15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
16. Atlanta
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
18. Chicago
19. Minnesota
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
21. Denver
22. Memphis (from Utah)
23. Philadelphia*
24. Milwaukee
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
26. Dallas
27. Miami
28. Golden State
29. Memphis
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)

Below is the order for the second round of NBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm:

31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
32. Orlando
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
36. Portland
37. Sacramento
38. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. LA Clippers
44. Atlanta
45. Charlotte
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
48. Minnesota
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
53. Boston
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)

[*] This pick may be conveyed to Brooklyn

Cavs’ Altman: ‘There’s some real game-changers at the top of this draft’

The Cleveland Cavaliers received the number three overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft as a result of the NBA Draft Lottery, which was conducted virtually on Tuesday night. 

The 2021 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, July 29th.

The Cavaliers’ 2021 lottery pick will mark the 22nd lottery pick the Cavs have owned all-time and their first time selecting third overall since the current lottery format was introduced in 1985.

This is considered a deep draft, and Cleveland, if they keep the pick, has a chance to get an excellent player.

“There’s some real game-changers at the top of this draft,” Cavs GM Koby Altman said after the lottery. “But it also puts us in a position to capitalize on different opportunities throughout the landscape of the NBA with this position.”

Altman also expects to get some calls from other teams about the third pick.

“We know what pick we have,” Altman said. “We know what calls we will probably get on it. We’ll figure out what we can potentially do with it.”

Coming into the lottery, Cleveland, who was in the fifth-place position, had an 11.5% chance of getting the number one pick, so they should be happy with three. 

Now, what they do should be interesting. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is probably going number one to Detroit. You have the Rockets at two, and many mock drafts have them grabbing USC’s Evan Mobley, so that leaves G League Ignite’s Jalen Green, Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, or maybe even a trade. 

Cleveland has options. Do they continue to add young players, or do they try to trade for an established veteran? We’ll find out in a few weeks, but Altman’s phone will be getting many calls.

The full results of tonight’s Draft Lottery are as follows:

1. Detroit Pistons

2. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

4. Toronto Raptors

5. Orlando Magic

6. Oklahoma City Thunder

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Orlando Magic

9. Sacramento Kings

10. New Orleans Pelicans

11. Charlotte Hornets

12. San Antonio Spurs

13. Indiana Pacers

14. Golden State Warriors

Listen below as Altman reacts to getting the third pick in this year’s draft:

Cavs GM Altman to represent team at NBA Draft Lottery

The Cleveland Cavaliers will need some luck to get the number one overall pick in this year’s draft.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held virtually this year on Tuesday(8:30 pm, ESPN); Cleveland GM Koby Altman will represent the team.

The Cavaliers finished the 2020-21 season with a 22-50 record, tied with Oklahoma City for the fourth-place position entering the lottery. A random drawing was held on May 25 to determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2021, with the Thunder winning the tiebreaker. 

Cleveland enters the lottery with the fifth-best odds for the number one overall pick and will land no lower than the 9th pick.

The Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery five times since the lottery format was introduced in 1985  (Brad Daugherty, 1986; LeBron James, 2003; Kyrie Irving, 2011; Anthony Bennett, 2013; Andrew Wiggins,  2014). Overall, Cleveland has held the #1 overall draft pick six times (Austin Carr, 1971).

Twitter reaction to the Celtics winning NBA Draft Lottery

Great time to be a Celtics fan! The Celtics are playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, and they won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.  Here is how Twitter reacted:

Who will represent your team at the NBA Draft Lottery?

Tuesday could be a special day for one of the 14 teams in the NBA Draft lottery. Some of the teams will be happy, while others will be disappointed.

Each team will have one representative at the draft lottery. Who will represent your team in New York City on Tuesday night?

Take a look at the list below: