Cade Cunningham -- er, whomever the Pistons (20-52) draft on July 29 -- will join a pair of All-Rookie team selections in Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart. Dare I say things are looking up in Motor City?
Another team that might have just significantly improved its post-James Harden-era circumstances is the Houston Rockets (17-55). H-Town locked down the second pick -- an outcome that was never in doubt once I saw Hakeem Olajuwon was representing for the franchise.
Detroit winning (weird, I know) and basically every other revelation from Tuesday night's draft lottery had the internet's full attention:
👀👀👀— Hamidou Diallo (@hamidoudiallo) June 23, 2021
Hamidou Diallo said so much without saying anything at all when his Pistons got the top spot.
😎— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) June 23, 2021
Cleveland on the come up? Even Kevin Love -- who has hid his desire to be traded about as well as Madison Square Garden hid its disdain for Trae Young in the first round of the playoffs -- couldn't help but smile when the Cavaliers were awarded the No. 3 overall pick. Meanwhile, Larry Nance Jr. was downright thrilled ...
Fred VanVleet, who was on hand to represent the Raptors on Tuesday, took a second to reflect on his individual journey while acknowledging his team's good fortune.
Undrafted to the Draft lottery 🎲 🎲🎲 Top 4. Back to work— Fred VanVleet (@FredVanVleet) June 23, 2021
Forgot my good luck charm 😕— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 23, 2021
Cade to Detroit— JJ Redick (@jj_redick) June 23, 2021
Tankathon lied to me this morning!🤣— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) June 23, 2021
But the moment of the night easily goes to Pelicans vice president of business operations Swin Cash, who couldn't conceal her disappointment when New Orleans was awarded the 10th pick.
Pels fans everywhere felt this in their soul.