Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

The Boston Celtics have won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. But they added another wrinkle with the Celtics landing the No. 1 pick, while the Lakers finished at No. 2.

Some have hypothesized the Celtics won't have enough minutes available to keep any top pick happy. As mentioned, the Celtics had been rumored to be looking at All-Star players, including Jimmy Butler of the Bulls and Paul George of the Pacers.

Because of Boston's recent success, there has been less pressure for Ainge to deliver on his plan to turn the Celtics into championship contenders. That has been the biggest knock on Russell so far in his career, with a True Shooting Percentage under 51 percent his rookie year and only 52 percent as a sophomore. The league should not be handing No. 1 picks to teams who made the Eastern Conference Finals in a world where the Pistons can barely put a functional offense on the floor.

For seven years running, teams in the Eastern Conference have been chasing down LeBron James, in Miami and now in Cleveland. "How he can enhance and make your team better". Boston has now firmly established themselves as the frontrunner to challenge the Cavs for the next few years. They also have as much as $19 million in cap space entering free agency.

Draymond Green, for one, doesn't believe the Warriors will get anything easy when they arrive in San Antonio for Saturday's Game 3. The Hawks disappointed this season, and could go in either direction this offseason should they choose to rebuild or continue adding pieces to their current core.

"We haven't discussed any of that because you don't have the full picture until you have the lottery, the workouts, the rest of the season, then we get the full picture", Pagliuca told Bleacher Report. There's no one on the Lakers who can run an offense like Ball can. But it was with the NBA Draft Lottery in mind where, with one exception, they would have the advantage over every team hoping to land a top-three pick. "If you can get a really good guy with this pick, you've got him".

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Draft lottery night has become an annual celebration for Sixers fans (at a party on Tuesday, Sixers fans raised a banner for former general manager Sam Hinkie and one fan proposed to his girlfriend).

- The Sacramento Kings picked a fine time to move up in the draft lottery for the first time in franchise history. They would have had to surrender their pick to the 76ers if they had not landed in the top three. But, the way the Draft Lottery shook out could push Allen higher in the Draft.

The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, avoided losing their first-round pick and will select No. 2 overall. In a loaded draft, having two picks in the top ten would be reason for optimism for any franchise.

"We want a competitive person who has also been a victor and who loves to compete and also understands they can be an excellent leader and team player", Johnson said.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have never been very lucky when it comes the National Basketball Association draft lottery.

The Suns also had never jumped to the top spot, but fell from the second-best odds to No. 4. Another league source said Boston would be "crazy" to trade the No. 1 pick for players-in this case George or Butler-who this season couldn't lift their teams past the playoffs' first round. They are also averaging 113.8 points per game in their building, compared to 99.2 ppg on the road. If Magic had brought one the Lakers would somehow have ended up with the top three picks.

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