May 17th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Cavaliers get first pick in NBA draft

One season after losing LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the first and fourth picks in the NBA draft on June 23.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick second and the Utah Jazz third. The draft order was determined Tuesday by lottery among the 14 teams with the most losses this past season. The draw was weighted to favor the teams with the worst records.

Cleveland and Utah got two places in the lottery through trades. The last time the Cavaliers had the first pick, in 2003, they used it to select James from nearby Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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The complete 2011 first-round draft order:

1. Cleveland
2. Minnesota
3. Utah

4. Cleveland

5. Toronto

6. Washington

7. Sacramento
8. Detroit

9. Charlotte

10. Milwaukee

11. Golden State

12. Utah

13. Phoenix

14. Houston

15. Indiana

16. Philadelphia

17. New York

18. Washington

19. Charlotte

20. Minnesota

21. Portland

22. Denver

23. Houston

24. Oklahoma City

25. Boston

26. Dallas

27. New Jersey

28. Chicago

29. San Antonio

30. Chicago

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Hameed Hemmat

    I really hope they get that franchise back on their feet and win a championship before Miami does!

    May 18, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Edgar Leon

      not looking good for you buddy...

      June 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game James

    Weak draft in the nfl just before a lockout season. Ditto for the nba. Conspiracy anyone?

    May 18, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    Man I wanted a higher pick for Phoenix. O well weak class anyway,they are guna be bad no matter what. They should of just gave Amare the 100 mil.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. t lo

    I forgot, why do the hornets not have a first round pick?? great.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tairice

    Dont look like a weak draft class to me i a cavs fan and a bull fan since lebron left but i dont know when kemba walker got weak

    May 18, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. DrManic

    Who cares! Bouncy ball is a racist thugs sport anyway.

    May 18, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big Game James

    Sombody got beat up in high school. Let it go.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
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