Boston Celtics win the NBA Draft Lottery

Posted May 20, 2017

For a team completely lacking in guards and perimeter shooting, a very guard stacked draft is the flawless way for them to address their needs.

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.

Originally, the pick was not theirs to give or take in the first place.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Tonight, they are hosting the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, led by Lebron James...it's been a good week for The Celtics.

After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick". Both players went to the University of Washington.

The lottery results mean the Lakers not only have the No. 2 pick in the draft, but they also have the No. 28 pick, thanks to the mid-season trade of Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets, plus they keep their 2019 first-round pick.

And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. After their 15 championship in 1984, Red Auerbach had secured the pick by trading popular point guard, (and folk hero: "Henderson steals the ball"), Gerald Henderson, to The Seattle Supersonics for their first round pick in the 1986 draft. With a third overall pick, a healthy Embiid, and a healthy Ben Simmons, will this team finally be able to get over the hump and get into the playoffs?

"The pain that we've all gone through, the pain of losing is real". We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core.

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball said. Bringing in De'Aaron Fox at fifth overall would be a great acquisition, and with the tenth pick the Kings could bring in a big man such as Jarrett Allen out of Texas. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five.

For instance, the team can try to trade for someone like New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee.

The Dallas Mavericks are ninth and the New Orleans Pelicans are 10th.