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Tuesday night will be very important night for the Cleveland Cavaliers for more than one reason.
LeBron James and company will look to even up the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics at 8:30p.m. Before than owner Dan Gilbert, general manager Koby Altman and the rest of the organization will find out where they will select in June's NBA Draft.
Tuesday night, the NBA will conduct its annual Draft Lottery in Chicago. While, the lottery is usually for teams who do not make the playoffs, the Cavaliers will have a pick in the top 14.
The Cavaliers hold the rights to the Brooklyn Nets first round pick. Cleveland acquired the pick from the Celtics last summer in the big trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.
The chances Cleveland gets the number one overall pick are slim. The Cavaliers have just a 2.8 percent chance of winning the top pick. There is a 9.9 percent the Cavaliers will get one of the top three picks. If the Cavaliers don't get one of the top three selections, they will pick either eighth, ninth or tenth.
Their chances are small, but it is not impossible for the Cavaliers to win the top overall pick. It has happened before.
In 2011, the Cavaliers ended up with the first and fourth overall picks. Cleveland did have the best chance to win the top overall selection, and they did. However it was not with their own selection. Cleveland won the top pick in 2011 with a pick acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers took Irving with the number one selection. Tristan Thompson was the fourth overall pick in 2011.
In 2013, lottery luck hit again. The Cavaliers won the number one overall draft pick. It didn't work out too well though. Cleveland shocked everybody by selecting Anthony Bennett with that pick.
2014, luck fell the Cavaliers way again. Cleveland used the number one overall pick on Andrew Wiggins. He never played a game in a wine and gold uniform though. Wiggins and Bennett were part of the deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland from the Minnesota Timberwolves once LeBron decided to return home from Miami during free agency.
Speaking of LeBron, how can we forget 2003. That NBA Draft Lottery is the most important in Cavaliers franchise history. The hometown kid from Akron was the clear cut number one overall pick. The Cavaliers franchise may not be in Cleveland if lottery luck didn't go their way.
The Cavaliers will also have their lucky charm in attendance in Chicago on Tuesday night. Nick Gilbert, the son of the owner, was on stage in 2011 and 2013. It worked then, why can't it work in 2018. What's not to like about that.