Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Nothing doing. The 33rd NBA Draft Lottery went off pretty much as predicted with the team with the league's worst record, the Brooklyn Nets, winning the first pick. "I'm going to say it again, in English, speak it into existence".

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics' ownership of the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft would make a trade for either superstar unlikely.

Phoenix had the second-best odds (56%) of landing in the top three.

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 first 10 picks could feature as many as five point guards being selected, dropping some of the premier big men to the next 10 and letting teams with serious needs in the frontcourt get their pick of some of the best frontcourt players.

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"We've got plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we would probably make the pick".

It was a blessing that the ping pong balls bounced their way, yet, we may see them trade their pick. One would be that there's a new GM with an idea of building for the future and not wasting any time.

"We can't expect to be a team on the rise this year", Connelly said.

Markelle Fultz, a point guard out of Washington, is another player the Lakers will likely workout, although he is considered the favorite to end up with the Boston Celtics at No.1. The former UCLA star and his outspoken father LaVar have made it no secret that they want to be drafted by the Lakers.

Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics.

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From the Lakers' perspective, if they move Russell and draft Ball, they could possibly add some good frontcourt pieces to their promising young core that includes guard Jordan Clarkson and forwards Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram. "We've got to get better in close games". "We're not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we're going to.We're just going to take care of business as we go".

The pick comes courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets, who sent the Celtics a boatload of picks in exchange for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

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.

Miami Heat: There is literally no outcome less desirable when you start a season 11-30 than winding up with the No. 14 pick.

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