Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick (copy)

Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick (copy)

In Ball, however, Magic must see possibly the Lakers' greatest point guard since he last looked into a mirror, right?

The Boston Celtics secured the No.1 overall pick and as much as Magic Johnson hates coming in second to the Celtics, he was all smiles and seen mouthing, "I'm good", while fist pumping as the National Basketball Association announced the order of the first three draft picks.

In terms of the draft, the Celtics own the No. 1 overall pick in a top heavy draft with a talented rookie crop. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". A few other playoff teams have landed the No. 1 pick, but those all came in the pre-lottery era.

Now that the lottery is over, we enter into serious draft speculation season. "I don't know how much it will carry over Game 2 to Game 3 going back to their place", Curry said.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery.

The Celtics will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. "Obviously, we would've loved to be in the top two or three, but it was what I expected", Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options. Since the additional picks the Hawks have added appear very unlikely to land in the top half of the first round of any future draft, it seems unrealistic that they have what it takes to move into one of the Top 9 selections or so of this year's draft. Boston also got the Nets' first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Look at it this way - of the six National Basketball Association teams playing in the largest TV markets (New York, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia), they won a combined 0 playoff series.

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Magic was leaving the New York Hilton Midtown hotel right after the ping pong balls bounced his way - and asked if he was eyeing anyone in particular with the #2 pick. The Nets finished with the league's worst record at 20-62. "I think that they can add to our team and help us in some capacity, but I think it's unsafe to think that a 19-year-old's going to come in and transform our franchise".

It's not almost that simple, with the Lakers front office determined to approach predraft workouts with an open mind toward Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz and Josh Jackson for that No. 2 pick, according to league sources.

Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics.

"I think we're in a pretty good position, as there is some turnover on the horizon (on the part of the conference's top teams), to ultimately be a power in the East", he said.

"With the talent that's available in the third spot in this draft, we're going to have a choice that we're going to arguably take what I would say is a combination of both the best player and the best fit", Colangelo said. He also thinks that partnering with Thomas "would be the craziest backcourt". Hornets; 12. Pistons; 13. The 2017 NBA Draft will be held on June 22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. (Phoenix time).

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