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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Cleveland Cavs Hold First, Fourth Overall Picks

The Cavs took a little bit of a risk trading some valuable pieces to the Los Angeles Clippers and getting a lottery pick in return, but at least as far as the lottery process, it has paid big dividends.

Cleveland traded mid-season with Los Angeles, who finished with the 8th worst record in the NBA, and that resulted in lottery night victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will select first in the NBA Draft thanks to the Clippers.

Cleveland is now in the ideal situation I have talked about all offseason, and they are in great position to get two very good players. The Cavs will have their choice between Derrick Williams or Kyrie Irving, the consensus top two players available this year.

This is a big night for Cavs fans, who have not had the top overall selection since 2003 when they took LeBron James.

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