Boston Celtics land top draft pick while advancing

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck told CSNNE that they are not taking their no. 1 pick lightly.

"I would imagine we would probably make the pick", Grousbeck said the morning after the lottery. And no talk about the pick can come without wondering what direction this team will go. NY received the eighth overall pick, which effectively starts the countdown clock to the Draft on June 22.

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.

The Celtics arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, also have reason to celebrate tonight, as they ended up with the second-overall pick despite coming in with the third-worst record. Pick up the phone, listen to offers, make counter-offers, and send outrageous proposals to teams that inquire about players who are probably untouchable.

Fox had his best game of the season against Ball's UCLA team in the NCAA Tournament, recording 39 points and four assists in their Sweet 16 matchup. However, this night could be a fateful one for the franchise in more ways than one.

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About a month or so ago we took a look at potential trades the Lakers could receive if they were to keep their draft pick.

And when it first happened, I couldn't help but think that this could be yet another major success for the Celtics that could make it appear all the more appealing for Hayward to depart from the Jazz to join an apparently soon-to-be powerhouse Boston team. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.

"You see, you don't know what's been going on in L.A. They've been like 'Oh my god, we blew it,"' Johnson said. "So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier". The Kings will select fifth and 10th.

Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.

With the National Basketball Association draft lottery completed and all the first-round positions set, it's a good time to take a first pass at which players will be selected.

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