Celtics to pick first overall in 2017 National Basketball Association draft

Barclays Center to host 2017 NBA Draft for fifth-straight year

Barclays Center to host 2017 NBA Draft for fifth-straight year

Four years ago, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played their final games for the Celtics.

The victor of Tuesday's draft lottery was the Boston Celtics, as they secured the number one overall pick in this year's draft; followed by the Lakers at number two and the 76ers at number three. 'Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team.

After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick".

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery. The Los Angeles Lakers took second and the Sixers came in third. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

And as part of the same Sacramento deal that landed the No. 3 pick in Philly this year, the 76ers will also receive the Kings' 2019 first-rounder. Williams-Goss scored in the double digits twenty times this season and also shot a West Coast Conference-best 65-percent from the floor.

Rookie center Joel Embiid was the Philadelphia 76ers' representative as things got going last night in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.

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Someone more probable that the Celtics could trade for could be someone like Kenneth Faried or Thaddeus Young . Fultz is considered the most talented player in the draft and could be the "most ready" to contribute.

Amid all the conspiracy theories surrounding the NBA's lottery over the years, there hasn't been much room for shadiness and extracurricular speculation when it comes to the 12th lottery spot. "I feel every comfortable with where we are, and I think we'll get a very good player at No. 4". He's going to thrive with the ball in his hands. Hinkie knew it would not be easy for the team's diehard fans to endure such a painful rebuild, but he famously implored them to "trust the process".

That right to swap picks is just the latest reward for the Celtics. "This team is a lot of fun to be around this year". The hope for the Suns is that 76ers take Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox, giving the Suns the possibility of selecting Josh Jackson with the number four pick.

The Los Angeles Lakers have had an anxious couple of months leading into the 2017 NBA Draft.

Furthermore, if the Lakers had fallen out of the top three, they would have had to give their 2019 first-round pick to the Orlando Magic, a fallout of the Dwight Howard trade shortly after the Nash trade.

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.

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