CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman will be the team’s on-camera representative at Tuesday’s virtual NBA Draft Lottery, sources tell cleveland.com.
The lottery, which determines the order for the first 14 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft, will be televised on ESPN starting at 8:30 p.m.
After finishing 22-50, tied for the league’s fourth-worst record, the Cavaliers lost a pre-lottery drawing with Oklahoma City. Both teams have an 11.5% chance of picking No. 1, slightly below Houston, Detroit and Orlando — all of which enter with a 14% shot. Statistically, Cleveland’s most likely landing spot is No. 7, having a 25.5% chance of landing there. The Cavs also have an 18.2% chance of choosing No. 6. Overall, the math shows a 45.1% chance of moving into the top 4 and a 52.9% of falling out of the top 5. They can drop as low as No. 9.
Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is considered the top prospect — and likely No. 1 pick.
Last year, Cavs legend Brad Daugherty appeared virtually on behalf of the organization, hoping he would help change their fortunes. Cleveland hasn’t won the lottery since 2014. The Cavs have fallen to eighth, fifth and fifth the last three years.
Can’t wait until Tuesday night? You can test out the lottery odds for yourself and get to know some of the top prospects in this year’s draft with Tankathon.com’s lottery simulator.
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