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What the No. 2 pick means for Lakers

20 May 2017

One night after taking credit for the Celtics landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has already revealed what he believes the club should do with the pick.

Boston won by beating out the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel.

On Tuesday, the Celtics got the No. 1 pick in the draft at the draft lottery, via a pick swap with the Brooklyn Nets. Magic Johnson could barely contain his excitement in keeping the pick because he knows it's going to make his job of building a better team in LA that much easier. The only other occasion occurred in 1950.

The Sixers could also attempt to trade with the Boston Celtics for the first pick in the draft, but the Sixers would probably have to give up a lot to get that pick. On Monday night, the Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in a Game 7 at TD Garden to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Nets meanwhile have declined, getting progressively worse results since the deal.

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It comes as no surprise then to see the Lakers selecting with the second overall pick for the third time in as many years. They had a 25 percent chance, the best of any team, to receive the No. 1 pick. "Now it's our turn four years later to take some benefits from the trade".

The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". "It's a good time to be a Celtics fan".

Markelle Fultz will nearly surely be the first player taken in the draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers have had an anxious couple of months leading into the 2017 NBA Draft. So basically when because the 76ers' logo was drawn first, they acquired the first pick and so on.

Colangelo, the Sixers' president of basketball operations, is hoping the player they add will fit well with the team's uptempo pace.

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"The pain that we've all gone through, the pain of losing is real". The draft class is full of guards but the 76ers could use a versatile player to man the backcourt with Simmons, who is expected to run the point position.

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball said.

In addition to the fourth overall pick, the Suns possess their own second-round pick (32nd overall) and Torontos second-round pick (54th).

For instance, the team can try to trade for someone like New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee. Fultz also has a fairly high floor, making him less of a risk than most top prospects.

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What the No. 2 pick means for Lakers