If you follow the Cleveland Cavaliers, here are the numbers you want to avoid hearing in regards to your team at the NBA Draft Lottery tonight in Chicago:
Eleven, 10, nine and eight.
For if the Cavs get past that point, that means the Ping-Pong balls bounced their way (again) and they will have a top-three pick in the upcoming draft on June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Odds are, though, Cleveland will end up right where it sits going into the lottery, which will tip off at 7:30 p.m. — eighth. The Cavaliers sit in that spot via owning the No. 1 pick of the Brooklyn Nets, acquired form the Boston Celtics as part of the Kyrie Irving trade on Aug. 22.
The Cavaliers have a 2.8-percent chance receiving the No. 1 overall pick tonight and a 9.9-percent shot at a top-three selection.
Cleveland will be represented at the lottery once again by Nick Gilbert, 21-year-old son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Still recovering from brain surgery in February, Nick is using a wheelchair.
“Any time you have a situation where someone’s going through something that’s life-threatening as that is and for him to be able to come to some of the home games and be at the lottery tonight representing our franchise, it’s a blessing,” LeBron James said.
When the Cavaliers won the lottery in 2011, Nick Gilbert was there representing the franchise. Cleveland utilized that No. 1 overall pick to select Irving. Cleveland also improbably won the lottery in 2013 and 2014, using those picks to select Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, respectively. Ironically, Cleveland then packaged Bennet and Wiggins to send to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for All-Star forward Kevin Love in the summer of 2014.
The Cavaliers traded forward Roy Hinson to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 1 overall pick in 1986 and selected center Brad Daughterty, who became a cornerstone of the Lenny Wilkens-era Cleveland teams.
“I’m happy for Gillie,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said of Nick. “He’s brought ’em luck before, getting a No. 1 pick.
“Hopefully, he brings us luck again tonight.”
Phoenix, which finished a league-worst 21-61 during the regular season, has the best odds at snaring the No. 1 pick tonight, 25 percent.
Next in line are the Memphis Grizzlies (20 percent), the Dallas Mavericks (14 percent) and the Atlanta Hawks (14 percent), followed by the Orlando Magic (9 percent,) the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings (5 percent), the Cavaliers (2.8 percent), the Knicks (2 percent) and the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets (all at 1 percent).
A random, weighted draw will be held to decide the top three draft picks. Picks four to 14 will then be doled out in reverse order of the teams’ records.