- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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The fans in Cleveland were jumping for joy once again.
For the second straight year and third time in four years, the Cavaliers got the top pick in the NBA draft by winning the lottery. This time it came at incredible odds, drawing the top pick with just a 1.7 percent chance.
Last year, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had his son represent the team at the lottery, and he proved to be a good luck charm. This time, it was GM David Griffin who celebrated the stunning announcement.
The team stunned everyone by picking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV last year. That choice did not work out very well, as Bennett was plagued by injuries.
This time around, the Cavaliers have the top choice, but also the pressing matter of finding a coach. Mike Brown was fired after one season in his latest stint with the team.
We have to wait for more than a month until we hear commissioner Adam Silver announce Cleveland's first choice. Will it be Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle of Kentucky, or another shocking selection?
My friends, if I were Cleveland, I would go with Parker. I feel he is the most NBA-ready player of the elite possibilities. He can score inside or outside, he can rebound and he can defend.
Throw him in with Kyrie Irving and company, and there is a lot of talent. The chemistry has to blend together to win in Cleveland.
For now, Cavalier fans have reason to celebrate.