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.

SI: No. 1 picks in the lottery era

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. Shawn

    Lmao twolves will never get first pivk I told all my co workers at work this I do live in mn from htown texas

    May 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnysotaboy

      I know!! We never get the 1st pick even tho we are the worst team! Thats why the lottery draft is BS

      May 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MK

    My God. I'm a Cavs fan but even I've gotta say: really? Breaking news???

    May 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    america is gonna fall to disaster relief. so i dont think the nba will be around for much longer

    May 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Huh? I cannot decipher your statement. I guess it's just nonsense.

      May 18, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Oh darn, why can't San Antonio be first?

    May 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Romeo

    Im DVRin this for sure.. 🙂

    May 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Romeo

    U fvck off ... 🙂 🙂 🙂

    May 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wilson Rawling

    since the cavs will have #1 draft choice for years to come..they will eventually draft La Brons illegitmate child,and then here we go again... .

    May 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Game James

    Cleveland set up to get knocked down again! Cleveland=Sports Hell! LOL!

    May 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dont Touch My Junk

    Yes the swordfighters (cavs) get another prodigy to ruin, who no doubt will not want to play for Cleveland, because his idol was treated like a God then a slave. Anyone ever notice the court looks like 2 opposing wangs? Lots of innuendo going on there.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vinny

    too bad this is one of the weakest draft classes ever

    May 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Should I be happy with the #1 pick in this class? Hmmm looks like a punishment than a privledge.

    May 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    Wolves are screwed... again..

    May 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph

    This is a weak draft.. Sorry Cleveland..

    May 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darryl

    Until they get another LeBron or two,draft lottery every year. Don't see any this year.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TimC

    Yeah, Cavs! Weak draft class or not, having a couple top picks to use (or trade) will hopefully speed up the rebuilding process.

    May 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
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