Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox

Each team entered the night with hopes of snagging the No.1 overall pick, but in the end, it was the Celtics who got the top prize.

The Celtics had a 25 percent chance to get the top pick, thanks to Brooklyn finishing with the worst record in the league. The Philadelphia 76ers will select No. 3 in next month's NBA Draft.

"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said. It's hard for me to be patient.

With faith in D'Angelo Russell diminishing in LaLa Land, this year would be the ideal chance to take SoCal superstar Lonzo Ball. "We'll make sure it's different on Game 2".

It was a blessing that the ping pong balls bounced their way, yet, we may see them trade their pick. In 2016, the Suns selected Dragan Bender at the number four spot. Ten years ago they dropped to #5 and missed out on Kevin Durant. While Washington guard Markelle Fultz seems most likely to go first, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (and his annoying father) could also come up in discussions.

The team with the best odds has now won the lottery three straight years after a decade of that happening only once. Not only did the Lakers keep the pick, but they actually moved up a spot, to No. 2. But nearly all other draft projections have Fultz going No. 1 to Boston. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options. "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now". On April 5, with the No. 1 seed in the East up in the air, Cleveland won by 23. But the noise surrounding him might be too much for a contending team and the prospect of drafting someone so adamant about being a Laker might be enough to turn them off of Lonzo. "And now there's certainty and clarity".

Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft. You have the Celtics' present in the starting five, and Boston's future coming off the bench to put games out of reach. Imagine a bench group of that Fultz, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 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?

Here's a first look at how The News' Rod Beard projects the first round will shake out.

As for the Nets, they did not participate in the lottery but have two picks in the first round of the draft, to be held June 22 at (where else?) Barclays Center.

Boston may also land a big free agent star this offseason, so Celtics fans should be nothing but excited.

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