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NBA Draft Lottery: Suns will pick 14th in 2014

Grantland’s Bill Simmons ranked the Phoenix Suns No. 1 in terms of karma heading into the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, but karma wasn’t on their side.

There was a 1.8 percent shot the Suns would move into the top three. Instead of those odds coming through, it was the 1.7 percent shot of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by longtime former Suns employee David Griffin, moving into the first overall slot that won out.

The Cavs were the ninth most-likely team to win the draft lottery, and they leapfrogged their way up the lottery over teams including the Milwaukee bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who came in second and third in the final draft order selection process.

Phoenix, which was represented by Markieff and Marcus Morris, will keep its 14th pick in addition to the 18th overall choice via the Washington Wizards and the 27th pick coming from the Indiana Pacers. For now.

If the Suns had moved into the top three, they would then have acquired the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 14th draft pick. The T-Wolves owed Phoenix a draft pick that is top-13 protected in 2014 and the pick now conveys to a top-12 protected first-rounder in 2015. Next year, should the Timberwolves again keep their pick due to the protections, the Suns would then receive Minnesota’s second rounders in 2016 and 2017.

Another slight bit of good news for the Suns came with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers coming in sixth and seventh in the order. Both teams are considered potential landing spots for the much-coveted Kevin Love, and if either moved into the top-3 spots it may have helped their chances by enticing the Timberwolves to trade their forward.

2014 NBA Draft Lottery order

1 – Cleveland Cavaliers
2 – Milwaukee Bucks
3 – Philadelphia 76ers
4 – Orlando Magic
5 – Utah Jazz
6 – Boston Celtics
7 – Los Angeles Lakers
8 – Sacramento Kings
9 – Charlotte Hornets
10 – Philadelphia 76ers
11 – Denver Nuggets
12 – Orlando Magic
13 – Minnesota Timberwolves
14 – Phoenix Suns

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