The Cleveland Cavaliers will select fourth in the 2012 NBA Draft, per the outcome of Wednesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery held in New York, New York.
Finishing the 2011-12 season with a record of 21-45, the Cavs — represented by Nick Gilbert, son of team owner Dan Gilbert, as well as a variety of Cleveland sports celebrities — had a 13.8 percent chance of landing the top overall spot, won by the New Orleans Hornets under their new ownership. The Cavaliers, winning a coin toss earlier this spring, were afforded the position to be no worse than sixth-overall. New Orleans was on the losing of said coin toss.
The Cavaliers were winners of the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, despite having only 3.5 percent odds of doing so via a draft selection acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers, and decided on using said pick to acquire Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year. With the fourth-overall pick that very year, the Cavs selected Texas power forward Tristan Thompson.
Selecting fourth, the Cavaliers will be faced with the decision of addressing their weaknesses at the shooting guard and small forward positions with the best-remaining player or bolstering their front court with UConn’s Andre Drummond. DraftExpress currently pegs the Cavaliers with Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal. The team has already begun the workout process and will likely play host to a variety of top-tier players in the coming weeks.
“With the draft picks and flexibility that we currently have, this is an exciting time for our franchise,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “Tonight was a very positive step in the process and we are going to add more good players to our foundation.”
The Cavaliers will also draft 24th, 33rd and 34th.