Celtics win NBA lottery, Lakers get No. 2 pick


With the 7th pick, Dennis Smith Jr., D'Aaron Fox and Frank Ntilikina will all likely be available if they want to select one.

The Los Angeles Lakers had a lot riding on the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.

"I'm glad we didn't trade it, you can write it down", Boston managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said.

It's all fun and games for the Grousbeck, Ainge and the Boston Celtics.

The timing was flawless for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. But there is a small, small chance Miami could end up with a top-three pick.

The Nets went the opposite way. In 2015-16, the Nets lost 61 games and fired King along with coach Lionel Hollins in January.

While this trade would have been great in 2007, it's hard to imagine what the Nets were thinking, but apparently, the front office believed that a bunch of 36+ year old future Hall of Famers could bring a championship to Brooklyn immediately. Plus, do they really want to deal with LaVar Ball? They had a 25 percent chance, the best of any team, to receive the No. 1 pick.

With the Celtics winning the lottery via a trade with Brooklyn, consensus No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, a point guard from Washington, likely will be gone.

Tatum and Jackson are both players who have proven they can score in bunches when given the opportunity.

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While the draft itself is not until June 22, rumors and mock drafts have already hinted that the Lakers may be thinking about selecting UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball with their pick.

The Sixers did get the number three pick (the Kings took the number five spot in the swap), while the Lakers and Celtics got the second and first picks respectively, and now that the draft order is set, the Sixers have a few interesting routes to take. They moved up one spot to No. 2, but if the pick had fallen outside the top three, the Philadelphia 76ers would have received the selection.

The Knicks won't get one of the top point guards but can still land a quality one.

The Philadelphia 76ers got lucky during the National Basketball Association draft lottery.

New team president Magic Johnson evaluated Lonzo Ball multiple times in person and said during the NCAA Tournament that his father's outspoken nature was not a negative. We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core.

"We also now have clarity that we'll have a 2018 unprotected pick from the Lakers". The no. 1 pick should give plenty of grease for the talks to push through and come up with a win-win solution for the teams involved.

PhoenixSuns guard Devin Booker listens as the results of the NBA basketball draftlottery are announced, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in NY.

The Dallas Mavericks are ninth and the New Orleans Pelicans are 10th. The assets they acquired in the DeMarcus Cousins trade have turned out pretty solid.