Boston Celtics draft lottery 2018: Mike Zarren, Celtics superstitious as lottery approaches

Lynette Rowe
May 16, 2018

Williams said he and Lil' Penny will sit in the room with the National Basketball Association lottery machine, hopefully bringing the team luck winning a top draft pick. Here are five teams that could be in a position to draft the five-star point guard.

New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York.

Where they draft will affect how much they pay those players, because of the rookie pay scale, and thus how much money they'll have available to spend on free agents.

To help understand exactly where each lottery team can end up, you will find a list with every pick and the teams eligible for that, or, if you prefer, below that each team's odds for every lottery pick. However, he could also help fill some needs for the Knicks on the court as well. But given that three of the four Eastern Conference semifinalists - Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston - all with a chance to get lucky and bolster their rosters even further, tonight's lottery could hold major implications for the future of both conferences. It may be enticing for another player to look at Philadelphia and think he is the missing link to a title. This would be a reward for the Hawks winning 60 games without a star in 2014-15, and showing other teams that such success is possible.

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Oh sweet Jesus if this actually happens again... it's either a league effort to keep LeBron James in Cleveland or a preemptive strike to protect the team from another down period after losing him. And after missing the playoffs by one game this season, they'll need a miracle to land the No. 1 overall pick. The Cavaliers also have a small chance of landing in the top 3 with a 3.9 percent chance at No. 3 followed by a 3.3 percent chance at No. 2 and a 2.8 percent shot at the top pick. Lue's coaching career has since led to his leading the Cavs to the first championship in franchise history in 2016 after being promoted from associate head coach to the top guy earlier that season when Cleveland dismissed David Blatt. Never forget, 10 years ago, the Bulls won the lottery with a 1.7% chance. Chance for top-three pick: 18.3 percent. The pick won't fall in slots 4-9. Chance for top-three pick: 2.5 percent.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Clippers have a 0.6 percent chance of being the first overall pick and a 2.2 percent chance at landing in the top three. Maybe they will get a stroke of luck and a top pick will fall into their lap. West will hopefully have luck on his side as the Clips have very little chance to net a top-3 pick in the draft.

Los Angeles Clippers (via Detroit Pistons): More market size shenanigans.

If the pick doesn't convey, it transfers to next year's Sacramento Kings selection, again protected top one.

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