Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Phoenix Will Pick Fourth — Sun Burned

Phoenix Will Pick Fourth — Sun Burned

Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating. Allen was not interviewed during the ESPN broadcast, but he was in the background during interviews of other top Draft picks. Our opportunity could have been seventh, could have been tenth. We got Marquese Chriss eighth and Tyler [Ulis] at 34th.

Another talented player who will be coming out is freshman Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-8 small forward at Kansas. At 7 feet, 230 pounds, he showed quite a lot of talent for Gonzaga in their run to the national championship game this season. With the Cleveland Cavaliers still considered the top team in the NBA Eastern Conference, the Celtics need players that have produced, and will continue to do so. The Heat rounded out the draft lottery with the 14th pick. So I don't know.

Down in New York, Grousbeck, representing the team on stage while fellow co-owner Steve Pagliuca was in the draw room, laughed about being in the final three alongside Los Angeles' Magic Johnson and Philadelphia's Joel Embiid.

We're more than one month away from the draft and anything can still change but it sure seems likely that Lonzo Ball will be a Laker by July.

That's probably not going to convince many people the Sixers are better off picking three than two, but they could do a lot worse than landing the next Kawhi Leonard. I like action. But we have a good group of guys around us. Los Angeles has missed the postseason in each of the last four seasons.

The Suns finished with the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association this past season.

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"And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick", Pierce wrote on Twitter.

The third such occurrence took place during Tuesday night's lottery in New York City.

Meanwhile, the Lakers leapfrogged the Suns to get the No. 2 overall pick, despite finishing with a better record than Phoenix.

And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up.

The Raptors traded a first-round pick and a second this year to Orlando in the Serge Ibaka trade, but Toronto still owns the 23rd selection. "Otherwise, you see how he is health-wise for the season". And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. They had approximately an 18% percent shot of getting in the top three. The Kings will select fifth and 10th. 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.

There's going to be a great deal of debate between now and the draft on June 22, but Jackson should certainly be in the mix.

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