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No luck for the Utah Jazz in NBA draft lottery

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Posted at 6:26 PM, May 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-20 22:02:21-04

After losing 57 games this past season, the Utah Jazz were hoping the odds would be in their favor in the NBA draft lottery — but luck was not on their side.

Instead of moving up in the draft the Jazz fell from the fourth pick to the fifth.

It will be the fourth highest pick in Jazz history.  The Jazz picked Darrell Griffith with the number two pick in 1980.  The Jazz have had three number three picks, selecting Dominique Wilkins in 1982, Deron Williams in 2005 and Enes Kanter in 2011.  The Jazz traded the rights to Wilkins for John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash.

The Jazz will have three picks in this year’s draft with the fifth, 23rd and 35th picks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers went in with the ninth pick and a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery, but they won the number one pick for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years.

The NBA draft will take place on June 26.