CLEVELAND — Despite being tied for the best odds at winning the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ number combination did not come up, and instead, they are slated to make the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in June.
Led by former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, the New Orleans Pelicans won the lottery, despite having just a six percent chance of doing so, and now, they hold the No. 1 overall selection.
Reaction was swift on social media, and most fans were less than excited about the outcome after suffering through a 19-63 season in 2018-2019 following the departure of LeBron James for the Los Angeles Lakers, who had some luck in the lottery and earned the No. 4 pick in the draft.
Frustration was the overarching theme of many of the posts.
But then, there were some fans were optimistic despite the Cavaliers falling out of the top three.
And then, there were others, including former Cavaliers small forward Richard Jefferson, who were happy for Griffin because of the fond memories he helped create by constructing a championship-winning team.
Currently, the Pelicans have a star player, Anthony Davis, who let the organization know last season that he did not intend to sign a max contract extension, and instead would like to be dealt to one of a short list of teams that he would accept a long-term deal from.
Griffin got a nice boost in his quest to do keep Davis in the form of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery for just the second time, and ironically enough, their previous No. 1 overall selection was spent on Davis out of the University of Kentucky.
WATCH | Jim Donovan and Dave "Dino" DeNatale react to the Cavaliers getting the No. 5 pick in the NBA Draft on the Donovan Live Postgame Show: