Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

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20 May, 2017

Coming into the Tuesday evening the Suns entered the draft with a 19.9 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft and had a 55.8 percent chance of a top-three selection.

Kelly Olynyk, the hero of Game 7 against Washington with 26 points, was held scoreless in the opener against Cleveland until Boston's last shot of the game. Or any other team in the lottery for that matter? I hope it happens. "It's pretty fantastic", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.

Lonzo Ball may only provide one team with a private workout before the NBA Draft - the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rookie center Joel Embiid was the Philadelphia 76ers' representative as things got going last night in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.

Magic Johnson, the team's president of basketball operations, pumped his fists and bounced his shoulders in celebration - or maybe relief - once the Lakers were assured of staying in the top three. "We are not going to jump ahead of ourselves".

The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft.

The first 10 picks could feature as many as five point guards being selected, dropping some of the premier big men to the next 10 and letting teams with serious needs in the frontcourt get their pick of some of the best frontcourt players.

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As it relates to Jarrett Allen, the intriguing part of the draft order starts with #9.

Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor's request after a plea agreement. I think Jackson is probably the best guy available, but we'll see. The Kings will likely go with a guard/wing combo with both picks.

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, front left, shakes hands with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick at the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. But the Lakers already have a young point guard in D'Angelo Russell, who they drafted with the No. 2 pick two years ago. Sacramento was drawn third in the lottery Tuesday, but the 76ers had the right to swap picks with the Kings by virtue of a 2015 trade.

The Lakers, meanwhile, can breathe easy.

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

Boston can select no lower than fourth in the June draft.


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