May 22 2013, 1:07am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
On Tuesday, the franchise clinched the first overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft which will be held on June 27. Nick Gilbert, the 16-year-old son of Cleveland owner Dan, was on stage as he was in 2011, the pick used to select eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. The teenager was enthused about his team's latest achievement.
"Kyrie is a hell of a player...but this also felt almost as good.That was the first time. This is the second time, but man does it feel good to get the first pick this last time. Get that last player to give us a push."
The younger Gilbert indeed proved to be a lucky charm for the Cavaliers twice over as he was handed the No. 1 pick, as per an NBA.com feature story.
Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats own the fourth pick. They are to be followed by Phoenix, New Orleans, Sacramento, Detroit, Minnesota, Portland, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Utah, in that order.
The official NBA website also mentions the potential No. 1 pick for Cleveland could be Kentucky Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel, who could be a nice addition for the Cavaliers as soon as he recovers from a serious knee injury. The report also says the team has the picks at 19, 31 and 33 for Mike Brown, the former Los Angeles Lakers coach who was re-hired by the team following Byron Scott's dismissal.
With this, owner Dan Gilbert said he's hoping this will be his team's last lottery.
"We were hoping regardless of what pick we got that this would be our last lottery. We thought originally after everything had to be reset that it would be a three-year process. You never know. It could be four. We thought three years, but having No. 1 and 19, we've got a pretty good chance of this being the last one for a while."
A May 21 story written by Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer also quotes Gilbert as saying there's no clear No. 1 choice.
"There's a lot of great players up top, but there's no clear No. 1. For us to have the choice I think is tremendous. It will give us not only a boost this year, but we're going to put together a young core of guys that are all under 22 years old."
Prior to snagging Irving with the top overall pick in 2011, the Cavaliers also had the luxury of picking first overall in 2003 when it selected current NBA MVP LeBron James. Cleveland also had the first pick in the NBA draft twice previously. The team selected Austin Carr out of Notre Dame in 1971 and Brad Daugherty of North Carolina in 1986 via a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first pick of that year's draft.
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