The Cavaliers and other NBA lottery teams' chances at leaping to the playoffs
Summary of 2 articles · Updated May 24, 2013
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery, giving them the right to select first in the NBA Draft on June 27. It’s our third year in a row in the lottery. It was made clear the other night that the Cavaliers do not want to be in the lottery for a long time, both owner Dan Gilbert and son Nick Gilbert made that statement. If they want to make the playoffs next year, they have some decisions to make. If that is the case, the Cavaliers will be sending out the same starting lineup that they began last season with: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. As The Point Forward’s Rob Mahoney noted Wednesday, the future appears bright in Cleveland thanks to two first-round picks this year, a clean salary cap sheet making them players in free agency, and a young core centered around All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.