CLEVELAND - Ten years ago Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers sat on the eve of a franchise changing moment, the NBA Draft Lottery that turned their 22.5 percent chance of landing Akron's LeBron James into reality.
While the Cavs had the most lottery balls that night, history has shown that's a combination that quickly has turned the favorite into the long shot having only paid off one other time in the last 22 years.
So as they enter Tuesday night's draft with the third most lottery balls -- giving them a 15.6 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick -- they do so with an "anything goes" attitude.
Remember as recently as 2011 the Cavaliers had a 19.9 percent chance of landing the top choice, the second highest percentage in the lottery, but they landed the No. 1 pick and Kyrie Irving with the selection acquired by the L.A. Clippers, which had only a 2.8 percent chance.
No team understands the ups and downs of all this more than the Orlando Magic. The Magic have the greatest chance of landing the No. 1 pick tonight with 25 percent.
The superstitious, which in case you haven't noticed sports fans tend very much to be, might say the Magic's string of good luck has to end sometime, considering they are both the last team to land the No. 1 pick with the highest odds. That came in 2004 when they drafted Dwight Howard while also one of the few that won the lottery in a year where they had the smallest chance, 1.5 percent in 1993.
It was a feat matched by the Chicago Bulls in 2008 when they converted a 1.7 percent chance into the top pick and another franchise player in Derrick Rose.
Between the Cavs, who are guaranteed no lower than the sixth pick this year and the Magic Tuesday night are the Charlotte Bobcats with a 19.9 percent chance.
For the third year in a row, the team is hosting what fans hope will be their last NBA Draft Lottery watch party at Bar Louie on W. 6th Street in downtown Cleveland. The Cavs also have the 19th pick in the first round and two of the first three picks in the second round, giving the team four of the top 33 picks.
The actual NBA Draft is June 27.
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