It's not luck: Celtics earn top pick in National Basketball Association draft

Lakers Land No. 2 Pick in 2017 Draft

A general view of the podium and stage before the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. "If you're going to trade these picks for an established star making max, you've got to send max money out the door as well", he said.

The Boston Celtics, in my opinion, will keep the #1 pick and select Fultz. The rest of the league was intently watching because with those 2 franchises landing on top, it increases the likelihood of a blockbuster trade this summer involving someone such as Paul George or Jimmy Butler. "My staff and I will continue to support him in any way possible and wish him the best in the future".

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball said, via LakersNation.com.

Also, the superstar will be paid a lot of money, which means the team will hit the luxury tax if the money is counted against the cap. However in 1997 the ping pong balls didn't fall the Celtics' way and the San Antonio Spurs got the top pick, which they used on Tim Duncan.

"That guy better be pretty good because if you're drafting No. 1 and you make the pick well - you do really draft a transcendent player - you've got that player for five or six years as they build up before the max money even kicks in". Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, De'Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk are just some of the headliners the mock drafts have identified as top picks.

A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick.

It is the second time the Celtics will pick first. 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. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane".

Sacramento will pick fifth and 10th.

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. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.

It sounds like the organization is split on what to do leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22.

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