Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said after the draft lottery results were revealed.

"For their last pick, the Celtics could take a flyer on MI 6'11" forward Moritz Wagner.

Even if Markelle Fultz (Washington) or Lonzo Ball (UCLA) are off the board by the third pick, the 76ers will still have plenty of options to choose from.

Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft. Now they have the No. 1 seed, the No. 1 pick, and, since the Nets get nothing to help themselves, a good chance at another top three pick next season. It will be New York's second lottery pick since 2009-an odd reality given the fact it's missed the playoffs in five of the past eight seasons.

There are also other avenues Danny Ainge can explore here. On Monday night, the Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in a Game 7 at TD Garden to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. "I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn't saying he's only going to play for the Lakers". Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the right to swap in 2017. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Both the Celtics and Lakers have multiple selections in this draft and are in prime spots to select some of the Big Ten's top players.

The Lakers won the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, putting them in a position to draft Lonzo Ball.

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There is no debate that Fultz and Ball have risen above the rest as the consensus top two picks in the draft.

One trend, however, that has appeared over the last decade or so in the National Basketball Association is the desire for teams to draft younger players over older players. The Lakers only get to keep the pick they dealt to Phoenix as part of the deal if it lands inside the top three on Tuesday — and there's about a 53 percent chance it won't.

And therein lies the silver lining for the Jazz - if the Celtics make a blockbuster trade to bring a guy like George or Butler into the mix, it makes little sense for Gordon Hayward to join their ranks, either for him or for the Celtics.

In all fairness, however, I can not explain why the New York Knicks dropped to eight overall behind the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being tied in odds.

All of these questions will be speculated about until answers are finally given at the end of June, but for now, here are my projections for the first round of the NBA Draft.

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