Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery
Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery
18 May, 2017, 22:47
The Celtics entered the Draft Lottery with the greatest odds - a 25 percent chance -of earning the top selection in the Draft. But make no mistake: this night was all about the Lakers, once again dodging what would have been a crippling blow to one of the league's flagship franchises.
The Philadelphia 76ers will select third.
While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery.
There was no luck at No. 13 for the Nuggets on Tuesday night. New Orleans traded the pick to Sacramento in the deal involving DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline. Adding that it's been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles".
The Celtics won Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery, earning the right to select University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz or another player of their choosing at next month's draft in New York City. The former UCLA star and his outspoken father LaVar have made it no secret that they want to be drafted by the Lakers.
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Some will cry collusion or trickery, given the Lakers have had such unbelievable luck three years in a row, but that won't matter to Johnson. They beat Washington in Game 7 of the second round on Monday and open the Eastern Conference finals at home today against Cleveland.
It has been a insane 24 hours for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics won the lottery tonight to continue another incredible basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.
The 76ers, who used the top overall pick in Ben Simmons a year ago, will select third. "Makes a lot of sense to keep these picks". Though they had one of the league's most explosive offenses, particularly after making Nikola Jokic the starting center in December, their biggest downfall was an anemic defense that ranked 29th in the National Basketball Association, ahead of only the Lakers. As now constructed, the Lakers have Russell, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson as their prominent backcourt players - with Russell and Clarkson being two of their brightest prospects on the roster. The Heat rounded out the draft lottery with the 14th pick. "Happy for our organization, happy for our team, happy for our fans".
"I was very excited and happy", Johnson said on the Lakers' Twitter feed. "But I think that it's going to be a tough choice for us where we sit at No. 1". Then, when it was announced the Kings would have the fifth pick, Embiid clearly was trying to work through exactly what that meant. Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.
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The Lakers, meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot. "Happy for our organization, happy for our team, happy for our fans". The former UCLA star and his outspoken father LaVar have made it no secret that they want to be drafted by the Lakers.
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