Could Duke forward Jabari Parker be the Milwaukee Bucks' guy at No. 2 overall in the June 26 NBA Draft? Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks Drop To No. 2 In Draft; New Owners Stand By GM


The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t get the lucky bounces Tuesday night, as the Cleveland Cavaliers inexplicably jumped from ninth to first during the NBA Draft Lottery in New York.

The Bucks had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, but it was Cleveland—and its 1.7 percent odds—that jumped up to the top of the draft order.

Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond will oversee the 2014 NBA Draft for the team. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

It is the second straight year and the third time in the last four years that the Cavaliers have won the rights to the top pick.

Meanwhile, one of the Bucks’ new owners told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday night that general manager John Hammond will be the decision-maker during the June 26 draft.

Wesley Edens, while being noncommittal on Hammond’s long-term future with the franchise, said Hammond would remain in place for the near term.

“This is like Day 3 since we’ve been the owners of it,” Edens said. “We’re very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely.

“We’re very happy to have those guys working with us.”

The only player this likely scratches from the Bucks’ draft board is Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, who will likely be the top overall pick. If Cleveland keeps the pick, they could use the help at small forward. The Cavs traded for Luol Deng from Chicago in January, but Deng is set to become a free agent in July.

That would leave the Bucks with many options, including Duke forward Jabari Parker—seen by many as the safest pick, even if he has less of the so-called “upside” so many draft analysts prattle on about.

Other top prospects include Kansas center Joel Embiid, who has some red flags because of back problems; Kentucky big man Julius Randle or Indiana forward Noah Vonleh.

Cleveland’s lottery win marked 10 consecutive years that the team with the best chance of landing the top pick ultimately did not draft first overall. The last team to remain in the No. 1 overall position was the Orlando Magic in 2004.

The Bucks have drafted first overall four times in their history:

Fans at a lottery-watching party in Milwaukee weren’t disappointed by dropping one spot in the draft order.

“Everybody wants to be No. 1, but it could have been 3 or 4,” Jim Mueller of Waukesha told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m happy it’s not 3 or 4. There is a lot of optimism about this draft. We got No. 2 and I’m happy about that.”

The biggest losers Tuesday night were the Bucks’ Central Division rivals, the Detroit Pistons. Detroit had a top-eight protected pick and was in the eighth slot entering the lottery. But Cleveland’s rise from No. 9 to No. 1 dropped the Pistons to ninth and sent their first-round pick to the Charlotte Hornets as part of an earlier trade that sent Ben Gordon to Charlotte.

Here is the draft order that emerged Tuesday:

  1. Cleveland
  2. Milwaukee
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Orlando
  5. Utah
  6. Boston
  7. L.A. Lakers
  8. Sacramento
  9. Charlotte (from Detroit)
  10. Philadelphia (from New Orleans)
  11. Denver
  12. Orlando (from New York through Denver)
  13. Minnesota
  14. Phoenix
  15. Atlanta
  16. Chicago (from Charlotte)
  17. Boston (from Brooklyn)
  18. Phoenix (from Washington)
  19. Chicago
  20. Toronto
  21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas through Houston and the Lakers)
  22. Memphis
  23. Utah (from Golden State)
  24. Charlotte (from Portland)
  25. Houston
  26. Miami
  27. Phoenix (from Indiana)
  28. L.A. Clippers
  29. Oklahoma City
  30. San Antonio

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