Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

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But (way) more than likely, the Kings keep their first rounder and the Bulls instead get their 2nd-rounder, which is locked in at 38th overall selection.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot.

Sure, he led an era of tanking, but the Sixers are now armed with draft picks aplenty and the ability to develop their young team even more with top talent in this years' draft.

"I'm excited", 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said. Fortunately they averted that disaster, but Orlando fans probably won't be happy with the final result.

Will Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball pan out as a title-winning player for this year's lotto victor?

During the combine, Terrance also met with the Chicago Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Sacramento Kings, the Atlanta Hawks, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Suns have twice drafted from the number two position, never higher.

Don't always count on the lottery to be straight forward though. After the first three slots are set, picks 4-14 will be determined by record. Pierce had been in the final year of his contract, and the Nets let him move on to the Wizards in free agency, then they traded Garnett to the Timberwolves the next season. Denver has a pick in the top 13 for the fourth consecutive season.

Nonetheless, it's clear that Jackson sees the first-round draft pick as an essential tool for team building.

Still, if we're going to play the hindsight game, it turns out it didn't end up mattering much anyway.

Playing for basketball powerhouse DeMatha, Fultz didn't join the varsity team until his junior year and spent most of that season unranked by the various scouting sites around the country. On the other hand, if the Magic decide he's not the best available player, they may look elsewhere despite the potential fit. The Knicks also project to have close to $19 million in cap space to spend in free agency and nearly certainly will be in trade discussions for Anthony in the coming weeks. "When you defend like we did there is a lot you have to improve, and we have to analyze every aspect". However in 1997 the ping pong balls didn't fall the Celtics' way and the San Antonio Spurs got the top pick, which they used on Tim Duncan. This pick was the result of the DeMarcus Cousins trade. The club that owns the second four-ball combination drawn gets the second pick, and the team owning the third four-ball combination gets the third pick.

Looking at those projections, it would probably be a reach for the Hornets to take him with their lottery pick. The Nuggets sent Gary Harris as their representative at the NBA Draft Lottery. The pick originally belonged to the Nets, but Boston was able to acquire it in a 2013 trade that has paid off enormously well for the Celtics. The Celtics defeated the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday and will now add the No. 1 pick - Washington guard Markelle Fultz, perhaps - to an already talented roster. The Lakers might be in a position to do the same given a little more patience.

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