Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the National Basketball Association lottery

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

Last year, it was Jaylen Brown at No. 3 overall.

On Tuesday, the Celtics reaped the ultimate reward of acquiring a first overall pick by winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery. 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. Magic Johnson could barely contain his excitement in keeping the pick because he knows it's going to make his job of building a better team in LA that much easier. "I think I have everything to be the No. 1 pick", he said. "So we'll see how it all shakes out".

I think this could have been fixed, but with owners upset that the New York Knicks acquiring Patrick Ewing in the previous draft, I doubt it. The New York Knicks are in the midst of a unsafe game with their top players, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis but after Tuesday, that black hole got wider. Comment and let us know!

Although it was never necessarily confirmed, there were several rumors around the trade deadline this past season that the Celtics had arrived to the point where both of the Nets picks - the 2017 and 2018 first rounders - were on the table for the right price. Or will they trade it for a proven All-Star who might help them surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference?

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The Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft and will have the selection for the third consecutive year.

While adding another asset is certainly a major win for the Lakers, Tuesday's lottery result also brings certainty to the ammunition that they will have moving forward. But the Celtics are in the driver's seat right now.

Thomas is 28 and becomes a free agent after next season. I wish the draft were today. His speed in transition allows him to get to the basket at will, but Fultz can also beat you from the perimeter with his deadly outside stroke, as he made 42 percent of his pull-up jumpers last season at Washington.

But I don't want to trade Thomas. "If you're going to trade these picks for an established star making max, you've got to send max money out the door as well", he said. That would mean the Celtics would have to move a few rotational players to make the numbers meet, along with a potential franchise player.

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