Ten players in the 2018 NBA Draft who fit the Cavaliers

Doug Mendoza
May 16, 2018

The 2018 NBA Draft could be a transformative night for a handful of fortunate franchises. Poor draft decisions save for Kemba Walker has impacted them greatly. But, the Cavaliers have a history of being extremely lucky with the ping pong balls. And while the Celtics aren't as deeply involved as they were previous year, when they held the Nets' pick and ended up with the No. 1 overall pick, there's still a chance that Danny Ainge ends up looking like a gluttonous basketball genius if the pingpong balls bounce a certain way. Even if James returns it will become more hard as he ages. And as these playoffs have shown, the Celtics and Sixers both have a ton of future potential, which would be greatly increased by adding a top three lottery talent. It would open up a number of possibilities, and they'd surely let LeBron (the true GM) have a big say on how it's handled. The Grizzlies, Mavericks, and Hawks all have at least a 13 percent chance of taking home the No. 1 spot on Tuesday as well.

With the depth of this draft, that's not a bad place to be. Chance for top-three pick: 29.1 percent. Chance for top-three pick: 18.3 percent.

14- Denver Nuggets. Denver is not a lottery team if they were playing the east but because they do not, they have a chance of moving up instead, even though the likelihood is very little. Some of this year's choices: The Clippers will be represented by special consultant (and Lakers legend) Jerry West; the Cavaliers by Nick Gilbert, the owner's son; the Kings by their top pick last year, De'Aaron Fox. The 14 non-playoff teams will remain the only ones in the lottery. They last had a.500+ season in 2005-06!

Kurucs was highly-regarded by a few scouts during last year's pre-draft process, but he withdrew and opted to head back to FC Barcelona for another season. Right now, the Sixers have around $25 million to give to free agents. Bulls fans know anything is possible and the stars seem to be aligning once again. There's only a 1.1 percent chance of it being No. 1. They will need some of the luck that has eluded them over the past 33 years to finally catch up with them. The pick won't fall in slots 4-9.

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The Suns have to be drooling at the thought of being able to draft Ayton at No. 1 or No. 2.

Another big stage for Sexton would be in Los Angeles as the athletic point guard could be an option for the Clippers who figure to have two picks in the lottery.

Atlanta Hawks: Like the Grizzlies, the National Basketball Association won't want the Hawks becoming a perpetual tanker (no matter how badly Travis Schlenk tries). However, when compared to other things, that is not all bad. The best odds are with the Magic securing either the No. 5 or No. 6 pick.

Nowitzki said: "Whatever pick it's going to be we've just got to find a really good player that can help us".

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