Boston Celtics land top draft pick while advancing

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

We're looking for the best player at this point to fill what we need. "This is what Brooklyn wanted to do, wanted to go all on it, chase a championship". For a team completely lacking in guards and perimeter shooting, a very guard stacked draft is the ideal way for them to address their needs. "Now it's our turn four years later to take some benefits from the trade".

Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-round choice in 2018 from the Nets.

A general view of the podium and stage before the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

"This is pretty good", said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.

"It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Let's just hope he makes the right move with this pick.

The lottery basically determines the first 14 picks in the draft and includes the teams that did not qualify for the postseason.

Though there is plenty of posturing around the draft, keeping the pick certainly makes plenty of sense for the Celtics, even if the projected No. 1 pick, Markelle Fultz, is a point guard - the same position as current Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. "The mock drafters are already predicting the Knicks will end up with N.C. State's Dennis Smith or the 6'5" French product, Frank Ntilikina but with Jackson at the helm, everything is in play these days.

Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league but the Celtics had the right to swap picks with them from the 2013 draft-night trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012. The results allowed the Sacramento Kings to jump all the way up to the third pick, but they swapped picks with the 76ers.

The Philadelphia 76ers will select third.

"When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. 4 and he said it wasn't us, I said 'Um, that's it, that's all I care about, '" said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president.

"The pain that we've all gone through, the pain of losing is real".

While it wasn't the ideal scenario for Philadelphia, they still come out with a top 3 pick to add to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the rest of the young Sixers core.

The Sacramento Kings rounded out the top five. The New York Knicks are in the midst of a risky game with their top players, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis but after Tuesday, that black hole got wider.

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

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