Two out of three ain't bad, right?
Nick Gilbert hit the jackpot in the NBA Draft Lottery for the Cleveland Cavaliers once again, giving the Cavs the first overall selection for the second time in the last three years. Cleveland had a 15.6 percent chance of snagging the top pick. The Orlando Magic, who had the best odds in the lottery, will pick 2nd, while the Washington Wizards turned the 8th-highest odds into the 3rd overall pick.
With the draft order now locked in, many mock drafts have been updated to reflect team needs and targets. Nerlens Noel still looks like the favorite to go first overall, though Cleveland's playoff aspirations may lead them to explore trade scenarios. They also own the 19th pick.
As for the Bucks? Projections for their #15 pick remain varied, which is pretty much how they were prior to the lottery results. Here's the latest predictions from a few of the top draft analysis sources:
DraftExpress: Sergey Karasev, SF, 19 years old, 6'7", 197 lbs., International
One executive reportedly described Karasev as a "better-shooting Andrei Kirilenko." Hard to think of a better fit for the Bucks than a versatile, sweet-shooting wing player. Of course, the other side of the "all-around" praise is that he might not do anything at a truly exceptional level. He also might be a bit undersized for an NBA small forward, and he's not the most athletic guy out there. But in a draft like this one, getting a relatively NBA-ready wing with terrific range is a solid win.
ESPN - Chad Ford (Insider Only): Allen Crabbe, SG, 21 years old, 6'6", 197 lbs., California
Ford also projects the Bucks to target a wing shooter, and Crabbe is likely to be one of the top shooters left on the board at this point. Crabbe hit 40% of his triples his first two seasons at Cal before falling to 35% this past season. He attempted so many that even somewhere in the upper 30s would be a great percentage. Crabbe has shown inconsistent effort at times and might not offer much more than scoring at first, but he's got ample size for the 2 and projects well defensively.
NBADraft.net: Steven Adams, C, 19 years old, 7'0", 255 lbs., Pittsburgh
Adams was a big winner at the draft combine, showing off his excellent athleticism and prototypical size while impressing scouts with nonstop hustle. But he is R.A.W. on the offensive end, showing very little scoring ability at Pitt and possessing little in the way of developed low-post skills. A team will draft Adams in the mid-first round based on his size, age, and potential, but he's very much a developmental prospect.
CBSSports.com - Jeff Goodman: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, 20 years old, 6'6", 204 lbs., Georgia
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, better known to me as KCP, is one of the best shooters in the draft with deep range and a quick, tight shooting stroke. He's also athletic enough to get to the rim and finish, and grades out as a good defender by statistics or scouting. He doesn't have a great handle for a 2-guard and can't hurt defenses off the dribble as well as he can in catch-and-shoot situations. Most importantly, the PR team from whatever club drafts him gets to use #KCP43 every time he nails a trey.