In the end, the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery came down to the league’s two most accomplished good-luck charms: Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams and Nick Gilbert, the 16-year-old son of Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert.

Then, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver ended the suspense.

“The second pick will be made by . . .,” Silver said, pausing as he opened an oversized envelope, “the Orlando Magic.”

Magic CEO Alex Martins, GM Rob Hennigan and Coach Jacque Vaughn, seated in the front row, smiled politely as one younger member of the Cavaliers’ contingent directly behind them yelled, “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yeeaah, Nicky! Attaboy, Nicky!”

“It’s exciting for us,” Hennigan said later. “It’s especially, I guess, a relief now to know where the draft order lies and what the landscape looks like. So we’re excited. We feel like we have a chance to improve our team.”

On June 27, barring a trade, the Cavaliers will have the top pick of a draft class commonly thought to lack a player destined to become a superstar.

Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel, who is recovering from an ACL injury, and Kansas Jayhawks shooting guard Ben McLemore are widely considered to be the top two prospects.

The Cavs already have a talented backcourt that includes the 2011 top overall pick, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, and 2012’s fourth overall pick, shooting guard Dion Waiters.

But the Cavs don’t have a long-term solution at center. If Cleveland chooses to select Noel, then McLemore would be available for the Magic.

Other top prospects include Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr., Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, Michigan point guard Trey Burke and UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett.

“As everybody knows,” Dan Gilbert said, “this year is a little bit different than most years where there’s a clear No. 1 pick. This year can go several ways.”

At last week’s NBA Draft Combine, the Magic conducted introductory interviews with Noel, McLemore, Porter and Oladipo.

Team officials plan to bring each of them and others to Orlando for additional interviews and, in the case of the healthy players, on-court workouts.

Hennigan would not rule out trading down in the draft.

“We’ll have to decide who to pick, when to pick, if to pick,” he said.
The Magic have won the lottery three times, with Williams on stage in each instance.

For a few suspenseful minutes Tuesday, it looked like it could happen again.
The Magic entered Tuesday with a 25.0 percent chance of winning the lottery, the highest possible odds. The Cavs had a 15.6 percent chance of winning.

“No question, my heart was pumping,” Williams said. “My toes were curling. Believe me, there’s a ton of adrenaline, and I thought we had it.”