The Cleveland Cavaliers really have this NBA draft lottery thing down.
Every team held to its slot Tuesday as the names were unveiled from their envelopes — all of them, that is, except Cleveland. The Cavs, who had the ninth-best odds of winning the lottery at just 1.7 percent, nabbed the No. 1 overall pick and a chance to draft Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins.
The Boston Celtics, true to the odds, pick sixth. The Celtics had the fifth-best odds of getting the top pick but were most likely to land at No. 6 statistically.
This is the third time in four years the Cavs will pick first overall. They took UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1 last year and Duke’s Kyrie Irving with the top pick in 2011.
The complete lottery results are below.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Hornets (from Pistons)
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic (from Denver/New York)
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns