Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

History Of Knicks Drafting From The No. 8 Spot

History Of Knicks Drafting From The No. 8 Spot

Nothing doing. The 33rd NBA Draft Lottery went off pretty much as predicted with the team with the league's worst record, the Brooklyn Nets, winning the first pick. Boston will select first for the first time since the lottery began in 1985.

The Celtics did not make a move, and ultimately took Brown, Guerschon Yabusele out of France, and Ante Zizic out of Croatia with their three first-round picks. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team.

"And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick", Pierce wrote on Twitter, following by some celebratory emojis.

The timing was ideal for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league.

The Nets went the opposite way.

This is Ainge's second major rebuild with the Celtics, and as we've witnessed they don't happen overnight. Garnett stayed for the start of the 2014-15 season, but was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves halfway through the year. In 2015-16, the Nets lost 61 games and fired King along with coach Lionel Hollins in January.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck told CSNNE that they are not taking their no. 1 pick lightly.

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball said, via "Now it's our turn 4 years later to take some benefits from the trade". To make matters worse the defending National Basketball Association champions, the Boston Celtics, had the 2nd pick, acquired in a trade with the Seattle Supersonics. At 7 feet, 230 pounds, he showed quite a lot of talent for Gonzaga in their run to the national championship game this season. And by that I mean the Celtics should absolutely let it be known that No. 1 overall is available for the right price.

Markelle Fultz is tipped to be the top overall pick. He is a tremendous guard and would be able to play well with fellow Washington alum Isaiah Thomas.

"You don't really want to necessarily trade a number one pick in a really good draft for somebody that's halfway through their career, already making max money". While there was luck involved (see: ping pong balls) in getting the first pick, you have to put yourself in position for that luck. Now, we have a better idea of where Texas Longhorns big man Jarrett Allen might land in the 2017 NBA Draft.

While three of the All-Time top franchises are seeing a rebirth of sorts, one member of that spectrum continues to slide. "We got fourth and personally, I'm good with it", McDonough added.

The Sacramento Kings rounded out the top five.

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

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