The NBA's most decorated team earned the right to lose to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals with a Game Seven victory over the Washington Wizards, and they received the first-overall pick (thanks to the Brooklyn Nets) in the 2017 NBA Draft at the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night.
It is the second time the Celtics will pick first. In return, the Nets sent several players and first round draft picks that are now converting. I personally would keep the two picks unless there is some great deal that the Kings front office just can't say no to.
The playoffs might still be going on, but for the teams no longer vying for an NBA Title, the attention has shifted to the NBA draft. On April 5, with the No. 1 seed in the East up in the air, Cleveland won by 23.
Having earned the right to pick first on June 22, however, the Boston Celtics are in a position where they nearly can't go wrong.
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This wasn't necessarily surprising as the Nets finished with the worst record in the league, meaning that the Celtics, who owned their pick, had the best chance of any team to finish with the number one selection (25 percent odds).
It wouldn't be that surprising if the Hornets chose to move their pick considering that they traded the 22nd overall selection in the first round (Malachi Richardson) to the Sacramento Kings a year ago.
By landing the No. 2 pick in the National Basketball Association draft for a third season in a row, the Lakers not only will keep their pick in what is a talent-laden draft, but also ensures the Lakers will also keep what would have been an unprotected pick in 2019 - the last vestiges of the Dwight Howard trade in 2012.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who used the top overall pick to land Ben Simmons previous year, will select third.
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Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics.
The Pistons used the eighth overall pick in 2015 to basically take a player that would mostly serve as a reserve.
While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery. We learned later that they jumped five spots to the No. 3 pick, but ultimately had to go back two spaces to Philadelphia as a part of a past trade that allowed a Sixers pick swap.
LaVar predictions aside, Lakers have an interesting choice at 2. We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core.
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On Tuesday night, the official 2017 NBA Draft order was revealed in NY and the second-likeliest scenario unfolded for the Knicks. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.
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