Tonight's the night for hungry Cleveland Cavaliers' fans wanting to forget the LeBron James-era. The Cavaliers have two of the first four picks and need to hit a grand slam with both. Here's all the information you need to get your Draft fix this year.
OFFICIAL CAVALIERS NBA DRAFT PARTY: The Cavaliers Official 2011 NBA Draft Party on Thursday, June 23rd tips off at 6:00 p.m. for a night of fun and festivities with the Cavaliers Game Entertainment Team and draft night coverage with Cavaliers Legends Austin Carr and Campy Russell and play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod LIVE from the FOX Sports Ohio Stage at Quicken Loans Arena.
Starting at 6:45 p.m. and throughout the night, the insightful trio of Carr, Russell and McLeod will provide exclusive in-depth analysis on the 2011 Draft prospects. There will be live updates on Q Tube (the arena's four-sided center-hung video board) from Cleveland Clinic Courts where General Manager Chris Grant will be coordinating the draft.
Concession stands will be open with a variety of food and refreshment options, including $1 dogs and $1 sodas! Entertainment, interactive games and contests for the whole family will take place on The Q's concourse and arena floor - AND all fans who come out to the Draft Party will receive a numbered "lottery ball" for the opportunity to win prizes!
TV VIEWING: Can't make it down to The Q? No problem! ESPN will be handling TV duties for the 2011 NBA Draft and will get their coverage underway at 7:00PM. The first pick is schedule to be made at or around 7:30PM et, so be sure you have your eyes on who the Cavaliers believe can help carry them into the next era of Cavaliers basketball.
DRAFT ORDER: This is subject to change, of course, with all the talk of trades leading up to the Draft. When it all starts, however, this is the way the first round will look:
1 Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers)[a]
2 Minnesota Timberwolves
3 Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)[b]
4 Cleveland Cavaliers
5 Toronto Raptors
6 Washington Wizards
7 Sacramento Kings
8 Detroit Pistons
9 Charlotte Bobcats
10 Milwaukee Bucks
11 Golden State Warriors
12 Utah Jazz
13 Phoenix Suns
14 Houston Rockets
15 Indiana Pacers
16 Philadelphia 76ers
17 New York Knicks
18 Washington Wizards (from Atlanta)[c]
19 Charlotte Bobcats (from New Orleans via Portland)[d]
20 Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Utah)[e]
21 Portland Trail Blazers
22 Denver Nuggets
23 Houston Rockets (from Orlando via Phoenix)[f]
24 Oklahoma City Thunder
25 Boston Celtics
26 Dallas Mavericks
27 New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers)[g]
28 Chicago Bulls (from Miami via Toronto)[h]
29 San Antonio Spurs
30 Chicago Bulls