NBA Celtics get top draft pick, Lakers second

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with the Kings through terms of a past trade.

The 2017 National Basketball Association draft lottery was held on Tuesday, which means we're that much closer to the National Basketball Association draft on June 22nd.

If LeBron James misses his first 10 shots of Game 1, it's time to start wondering if the Celtics cut some kind of deal with a higher power or something. 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".

He could also mean that the Lakers feel Ingram holds more value right now than anyone they could draft in a month.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, it should not even be a question: the time is now.

In addition to the fourth overall pick, the Suns possess their own second-round pick (32nd overall) and Torontos second-round pick (54th). The Kings will likely go with a guard/wing combo with both picks.

Looking at how the Cleveland Cavaliers just sliced their way through their first two rounds of the playoffs like a hot knife to a stick of butter, it stands to reason that few give the Boston Celtics much of a chance to compete let alone knock off the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three. They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick previous year thanks to Brooklyn.

Fultz, however, thinks he deserves the honor of being selected first overall.

This year's pick in the 2017 NBA Draft should be a solid wingman to combine with Embiid, Simmons, Saric and the rest of the 76ers roster.

The first option would be to draft one of the great young players from this year's draft class. The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with point guards such as Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox. They could draft Jayson Tatum (Duke), a 6-foot-8 small forward but his ability to score in bunches and defend make him a coveted prospect. Russell averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. We haven't sat down with Josh Jackson yet, on and on and on. That may be where they have to trade the pick for a player who can help them immediately. Over the next several weeks the Lakers will be working tirelessly to presumably pick a top choice and a second choice on their draft board in case Boston selects their primary choice.

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