Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

Celtics Lakers 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

Celtics Lakers 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

But with the third overall pick in this June's draft, the 76ers expect to get a baller and a potential future all-star.

The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another unbelievable basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

One night after taking credit for the Celtics landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has already revealed what he believes the club should do with the pick. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team.

Ball is considered a top-notch point guard prospect and his talent certainly justifies him being taken with the second overall pick. I don't know what's happening here. In all, the Sixers would give up a good amount of players and picks, but they would manage to draft Washington's Markelle Fultz, a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere on the floor and play off the ball as well. Nearly all the other draft projections have Washington's Markelle Fultz taken No. 1 by Boston and Ball chosen second by the Los Angeles Lakers. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

When another team was called for fourth place, Johnson was relieved. "I didn't know where we were going to land from there, but I was like 'OK, I can breathe now"'.

"You're a 50-win team, you're the No. 1 seed".

The timing was flawless for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. What the no. 1 pick offers, however, is leverage. The 2 most storied franchises in National Basketball Association history took the top 2 spots in the lottery, Boston first and LA second. With a third overall pick, a healthy Embiid, and a healthy Ben Simmons, will this team finally be able to get over the hump and get into the playoffs? Either way, it's going to be an interesting month leading up to the draft, and the Celtics are in a very enviable position. The Nets finished with the league's worst record at 20-62 under first-year general manager Sean Marks, who replaced Billy King in February 2016. It had not gone that way for five years and the team was due some luck. It marked the second time in the last three years that the Lakers have moved up in the draft lottery. Will older players benefit from the rookie season of Malcolm Brogdon?

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

The Magic did not get the ideal scenario for sure, even if they got the statistically probable one. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.

And when it first happened, I couldn't help but think that this could be yet another major success for the Celtics that could make it appear all the more appealing for Hayward to depart from the Jazz to join an apparently soon-to-be powerhouse Boston team. "So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier".

Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.

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