Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

Posted May 19, 2017

Their draft history includes three other No. 4 picks: Alvan Adams in 1975, John Shumate in 1974 and Corky Calhoun in 1972. They can always trade up to get a particular player they may have their sights on. But it's always nice to learn your team added the No. 1 overall pick.

A day after winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery and earning the right to the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics were reminded of the gap between them and the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers when Cleveland opened the Eastern Conference finals with a 117-104 victory on Wednesday night. Unlike many young scorers, Tatum already comes with a plan of attack: He knows his spots on the floor and how to get to them.

The Boston Celtics will drat first, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and then the Philadelphia 76ers will make their selection before Phoenix. Their pick is only top-three protected, so if the Pelicans don't move up from the 10th spot into the top three spots, the pick goes to the Kings.

Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to workout for". It is hard to see them passing on one of the fantastic guard prospects with their first pick, meaning they will definitely target a forward/center with at least one of their three second round picks.

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. They won 44 games and lost in the second round to the Miami Heat in the only season Pierce and Garnett played together in Brooklyn.

"For their last pick, the Celtics could take a flyer on MI 6'11" forward Moritz Wagner. Collins didn't start a game previous year for Gonzaga, but still averaged 10.0 points per game and won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, awarded to top center in men's college basketball.

However, the two prospective top picks in the draft are Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA. They could have had three teams jump them, pushing them from 8 to 11.

Not only that, but Philly also got the Lakers' 2018 first round pick - unprotected - since LA kept their pick this year.

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 Celtics could select him with the No. 1 pick or he could, in theory, slip ever-so-slightly in the lottery if the Lakers fall in love with another prospect within the next month.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.