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

Lonzo Ball May Only Work Out For Lakers

Lonzo Ball May Only Work Out For Lakers

Less than 24 hours after a Game 7 victory that put them in the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics earned the right to choose first in next month's draft with the pick they received in the 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets.

The Knicks drew the 8th pick in Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery as the Boston Celtics took home the coveted first pick.

But if the Celtics call up and make an offer that includes that No. 1 pick and some of the intriguing players on their roster who could thrive elsewhere, the Pacers will have a tough decision on their hands.

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.

The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens took a brief break from Eastern Conference Finals preparation Wednesday night to watch his team win the NBA Draft lottery. The 76ers were also banking on their recent tank strategy to pay off with another top pick, while the Sacramento Kings were looking at 2 picks inside the top 10 to start rebuilding post-Boogie. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.

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Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks in the deal.

With the first overall pick a year ago, they drafted forward Ben Simmons out of LSU. NY received the eighth overall pick, which effectively starts the countdown clock to the Draft on June 22.

76er center Joel Embiid was in the place to be, accepting the lottery position on stage. The old adage "you can't teach size" could be the selling point on the still 19 year old Bryant. The logic here is that even if a younger player isn't ready to be a star in the National Basketball Association now the potential is still there to develop when it might not be with older players. Obviously, past year we picked Dragan Bender fourth.

He averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game in his freshman season. Wilson produced great percentages across the board last season shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from three-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.

Tatum and Jackson are both players who have proven they can score in bunches when given the opportunity.

'And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out No 1 pick, ' Pierce wrote on Twitter, followed by some celebratory emojis.

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