On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the second straight year which landed them the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but they weren’t the biggest star on the night. That honor belonged to Mallory Edens, the 18-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens.
The Bucks earned the No. 2 pick in the draft, while Mallory earned more than 20,000 new followers on social media.
It was really quite stunning.
As it turns out, Mallory Edens didn’t actually think she was going to be the Bucks representative for the lottery. When her father first mentioned the possibility to her, she thought that it was all a joke.
“He sort of brought it up in passing one time and I though he was joking and then here I am, so I suppose it wasn’t a joke,” Mallory told JSOnline.com.
“I was really nervous but really happy to get the second pick. I was extremely nervous, but it was really fun.”
The last time we saw this kind of reaction over a woman on social media was Katherine Webb. If Edens can flip her Internet stardom into more opportunities in her personal life, that is great for her.
“She’s definitely the more photogenic one, so I was happy to give it to her,” Madison Eden, Mallory’s older sister, said. “I could not be up there. She was amazing. … What a great way to start.”
In the meantime, we will all have to just sit back and be thankful that Wesley Edens let his younger daughter on the stage because it brought us some fantastic memes like the one below.
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) May 21, 2014
You can watch Mallory and others who were attending the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery for the Bucks discuss how everything went down in the video below: