Pistons win NBA draft lottery and Cavs, Raptors beat odds to finish top 4
The Detroit Pistons are the big winners of the NBA's draft lottery, earning the right to make the first selection in the 2021 draft, a pick that's widely expected to be used on Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham.
Those teams will almost certainly make their selections from an elite group of five standout talents: the aforementioned Cunningham, USC big man Evan Mobley, Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, and guard Jalen Green and forward Jonathan Kuminga of the G League Ignite.
Here are the full results for picks 1-14:
|6||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|7||Golden State Warriors|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans|
|12||San Antonio Spurs|
|14||Golden State Warriors|
The draw affected three sets of outstanding pick protections linked to prior trades:
- The Rockets keep their No. 2 pick rather than sending it to the Thunder
- The Timberwolves send the No. 7 pick to the Warriors
- The Chicago Bulls send the No. 8 pick to the Orlando Magic
While the Pistons and the Rockets emerged as the biggest winners at No. 1 and 2, respectively, the Cavaliers and Raptors also beat odds to move up. Cleveland held a 45.1% shot to move into the top four, while Toronto boasted a 31.9% chance.
For the Raptors, the champions from just two years ago, the No. 4 pick is their highest slot since selecting Italian power forward Andrea Bargnani first overall in 2006.
The 2021 NBA Draft will be held July 29.