The Cleveland Cavaliers currently have a 1.7 percent chance of claiming the number one overall pick, the ninth best percentage of anyone in the league. The teams with the best shot of winning are Milwaukee (25 percent), Philadelphia (19.9 percent), and Orlando (15.6 percent).
The Cavs have held the ninth position pre-lottery once before, in 2004, and ended up with the 10th pick (which became Luke Jackson). However, the last several years have seen the Cavs slotted no lower than 3. The last time they were close to the ninth spot (projected number 8 in 2011) they emerged with the number one overall pick, Kyrie Irving.
There are three men currently projected as potential number one picks: Andrew Wiggins the SG/SF from Kansas, Joel Embiid the C from Kansas and Jabari Parker the SF from Duke.
The mock drafts, which have the Cavs slotted at number nine, have them selecting one of the following players:
1. Doug McDermott from Creighton
2. Aaron Gordon from Arizona
3. Jusuf Nurkic from Cedevita (international)
4. Dario Saric from Cibona Zagreb (international)
Moondog Landing has an affinity for McDermott, Gordon, and Nik Stauskus, the SG from Michigan.
Leading up to the draft, the ML staff will break-down each prospect, how they project at the next level, and how they might fit with other Cavaliers.