Winners and losers of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery

Mar 8, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert speaks during the jersey retirement ceremony of former player Zydrunas Ilgauskas (not pictured) at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert speaks during the jersey retirement ceremony of former player Zydrunas Ilgauskas (not pictured) at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Fun is far often never used to describe the NBA Draft Lottery, but the word applies in last night’s case. In a night where expectations were high thanks to unfamiliar fan bases having a chance to nab the top pick in what is assumed to be an all-time group of talent.

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Tanking teams were excited after a season of despair, hoping a franchise-changing talent would be the reward for their badness.

Since the 2003 NBA Draft, a lottery hadn’t been surrounded with this kind of anticipation. After a season of hyping up the collegiate talent that would, one day, run the NBA, the moment that decided who would pick where and subsequently, who would be picked where.

It all isn’t predictable at first, but over time it sets the framework for the future of several NBA teams and the future of the NBA.

And with every event there is the good and the bad, so we’ve decided to look at the winners and losers of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.