The 10 Worst Top-5 Picks in the NBA Draft's Lottery Era


Only Louisville's Donovan Mitchell and Syracuse's Tyler Lydon came from a school that joined the conference after 1991. It contained the name of the No. 3 overall pick - the first, and most substantial, selection that the Celtics would be making Thursday night. We know now that it'll be Tatum in green, with Jackson going to Phoenix at No. 4. "This has always been a dream of mine". "Went at a high tempo, but when he missed a shot he never showed anything but resolve to make the next one".

The Dallas Mavericks have taken North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

Kennard, a consensus second-team All-American, led Duke in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game while shooting.489 from the floor, .438 from outside the arc and.856 from the free throw line.

Ainge fueled the Jackson-to-the-Celtics speculation by saying, "There is a good chance the player we take at No. 3 will be the exact player we would have taken at No. 1".

Tatum set a Duke single-season record with six games of at least 10 points/5 rebounds/3 assists/2 steals/2 blocks; those six occasions are also the third-most in Duke history for a career. He becomes the third Duke player in as many years to be taken in the top three - Brandon Ingram went No. 2 last year and Jahlil Okafor was selected No. 3 in 2015.

"I feel that way 100 percent", Jackson said.

"It was a tough choice to leave Duke". "I just can't wait to go out and prove it". After missing the first eight games of the year with a left foot sprain, the 6-foot-9 forward turned into an elite scorer in his lone season of college, averaging 16.8 points per game.

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Some people just love to steal the spotlight for themselves.

Jackson will be unable to play in the Summer League because of the foot surgery, but Demps said he expects him to be ready for the start of training camp.

The Sixers are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick.

You can cross off Philadelphia at number 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers at number 2.

On the other hand, they might take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Kentucky freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox or Josh Jackson.

In the meantime Ainge has much more to look forward to, starting with the first round of 2018 draft, when he holds the rights to the final Brooklyn pick in his satchel, a Lakers first-rounder if it falls between the second and fifth picks, and his own. Frank Ntilikina, an 18-year-old from France broke that streak when he was selected No. 8 overall by the New York Knicks.