Celtics hold pole position for National Basketball Association draft lottery


With the NBA Draft Lottery taking place tonight, eyes around this area will be on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The scenario is somewhat reminiscent of when the San Antonio Spurs won the '97 lottery and drafted Tim Duncan to a team that already boasted David Robinson, and would go on to win the championship the following season.

Fultz is the presumptive number one overall pick at this stage in the pre-draft process with a seemingly NBA-ready ability to put the ball in the hoop.

"We certainly don't have expectations for a No. 1 pick to come in and turn our franchise around and make us a better team than where we are right now in the Final Four". But the team with the ninth-best chance to win the lottery has had some luck in the past and moved up to take the top pick - the Bulls in 2008 and the Cavaliers in 2014.

In addition to landing the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft lottery, thanks to its swap of picks with Brooklyn, Boston has three second-round picks.

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This year's draft lacks the franchise-altering superstar like in 2003 when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined the league.

But what a top-three pick gives the Lakers is options. The Nuggets have a 2.2 percent chance of sliding into the top 3, and a horrendously low 0.6 percent possibility of earning the top overall pick.

The Philadelphia 76ers could be the big winners of the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night with a few lucky bounces of ping pong balls.

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The lottery always carries with it a certain sense of whimsy, as if anyone could be prince for a day, and teams that have banked so much on the outcome of this absurd process wind up struggling to accept how things didn't go their way. No one gets what they want, except the Pelicans, who don't even really need the pick with DeMarcus Cousins on board.

Depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce Tuesday night during the National Basketball Association draft lottery, general manager Danny Ainge and the Celtics could be celebrating. The 2017 NBA Draft itself is June 22.

The Los Angeles Lakers will get the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which is a fine return for a shit-filled season of tanking that very almost went up in flames thanks to an inexplicable five-game winning streak at the end of the year. How many of those top overall picks from this time can you name in six minutes?

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