Celtics grab top pick in NBA draft

Celtics grab top pick in NBA draft

The Los Angeles Lakers avoided a catastrophe at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. "We can't allow a team of their caliber to build a lead like that in the first quarter". Which teams benefited and suffered the most?

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck smiles after the learning the Celtics were awarded the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. Now it's happened three years in a row.

The Celtics had a 25 percent chance to get the top pick, thanks to Brooklyn finishing with the worst record in the league. Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.

Now, General Manager Danny Ainge and company have a good problem on their hands.

Numerous top prospects are fully committed and won't be a worry. Boston can select no lower than fourth in the June draft.

But Pierce - nicknamed The Truth for his clutch performances - thinks the Celtics should trade the pick.

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Magic Johnson was visibly nervous as lottery slots were being announced, but his Lakers came up big at No. 2 overall.

The Philadelphia 76ers, who used the top overall pick to land Ben Simmons a year ago, will select third.

This was a huge hurdle to overcome in the long-term Lakers rebuilding plan. "You've gotta give it to Brooklyn for putting together a contending team, which they did". The bad news is Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov are owed over $100 million combined for the next three seasons. A team hasn't been this good and owned the No. 1 pick since the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982, when they won it all after a 57-win regular season and then selected James Worthy out of North Carolina. The main issue was that the Lakers needed to keep their pick in the upcoming draft. The odds were stacked against them with there being more than a coin flip chance of that selection landing outside the top three spots.

At No. 6, the Magic might miss out on all three of the top guard prospects. I'm going to speak it into existence.

Thomas is 28 and becomes a free agent after next season. Other guards like De'Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith Jr don't fit what the Sixers need from their guards because of the lack of shooting. That said, don't expect the Kings to pass up on him at No. 5. They could use a big to pair with Al Horford, but not with the top pick. "We're just trying to get ourselves past this lottery and the draft and see where we stand". The Carmelo Anthony drama continues to manifest. And now, NY has missed out on a top-3 draft pick.

The Knicks could have picked as high as sixth but lost a coin flip with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finished with the same record. That may be where they have to trade the pick for a player who can help them immediately.

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