At next week’s NBA draft lottery, the Cavaliers will have a good luck charm on stage.
Per a press release from the NBA, Nick Gilbert, son of owner Dan Gilbert, will represent the team.
In the lottery room itself, the Cavs will be represented by senior director of basketball operations Brock Aller. Among the representatives from other teams are former Cavs GM, and new Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin.
2019’s lottery marks the fifth time Gilbert has been the Cavs’ representative. Famously, Gilbert was on stage when the Cavs won the draft lotteries in 2011 and 2013. When the team landed the top overall pick in 2011 — and ended up taking Kyrie Irving — he replied “What’s not to like?” when asked about the team’s lottery victory.
The Cavs have a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick and 52.1% chance of landing a top-four pick. This has Cleveland tied with the Knicks and Suns for the best odds. The team can fall as far as No. 6 overall under the lottery format, which would be an absolute disaster.
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery takes places 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 14. It will air live on ESPN.