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2014 NBA Draft Order

Another NBA Draft Lottery is in the books and this year’s winner is the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will have their pick among the consensus top-three of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid on June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is the second consecutive year the Cavs will pick first and the sixth time in their history. However, as Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight reminds us, no team with the No. 1 overall pick has won the NBA title since 1998. Of course, Silver’s analysis indicates that a team would rather win the lottery than not, but it serves as an important reminder that the best pick and the highest pick aren’t always the same thing.

The Cavaliers were obviously the big winners on Tuesday night, as they possessed only a 1.7 percent chance of landing the top selection (not to mention only a 6.1 percent chance of landing in the top three). The Cavs leapfrogging eight teams dropped the Pistons down to the ninth pick, which they must now forfeit to the Hornets as a part of a 2012 trade involving Corey Maggette and Ben Gordon. Had Detroit stayed in the top eight, which had an 82.4 percent chance of happening, they would have retained their selection, undoubtedly making them the biggest losers of the night.

Here are all 60 picks that, barring trades, are officially set in stone for June 26:

Round One

  1. Cavaliers
  2. Bucks
  3. Sixers
  4. Magic
  5. Jazz
  6. Celtics
  7. Lakers
  8. Kings
  9. Hornets
  10. Sixers
  11. Nuggets
  12. Magic
  13. Timberwolves
  14. Suns
  15. Hawks
  16. Bulls
  17. Celtics
  18. Suns
  19. Bulls
  20. Raptors
  21. Thunder
  22. Grizzlies
  23. Jazz
  24. Hornets
  25. Rockets
  26. Heat
  27. Suns
  28. Clippers
  29. Thunder
  30. Spurs

Round Two

  1. Bucks
  2. Sixers
  3. Cavs
  4. Knicks
  5. Jazz
  6. Bucks
  7. Raptors
  8. Pistons
  9. Sixers
  10. Timberwolves
  11. Nuggets
  12. Rockets
  13. Hawks
  14. Timberwolves
  15. Hornets
  16. Wizards
  17. Sixers
  18. Bucks
  19. Bulls
  20. Suns
  21. Knicks
  22. Sixers
  23. Timberwolves
  24. Sixers
  25. Heat
  26. Nuggets
  27. Pacers
  28. Spurs
  29. Raptors
  30. Spurs
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6 thoughts on “2014 NBA Draft Order

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  2. Uriel Alessandro

    Does anyone else hate the draft lottery or is that just me?

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