Winners and losers in the National Basketball Association lottery

Russell paired with a first-round pick could bring in a pretty talented player to pair with Ball and the rest of the talent in Los Angeles. Perhaps Boston can make a bunch of threes in one of the first two games and potentially make this interesting, but the hunch here is that Cleveland stretches its postseason winning streak to 15 games in a row, dating to a year ago, and heads back to a third straight NBA Finals.

The Suns not only lost the lottery, but they dropped two spots from their pre-lottery position to No. 4. I really don't know that it would. As now constructed, the Lakers have Russell, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson as their prominent backcourt players - with Russell and Clarkson being two of their brightest prospects on the roster. It's not exactly rocket science pegging Fultz to the Boston Celtics and the Lakers going with the Inland Empire product who's been campaigning for LA to draft him.

The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another awesome basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

"We're going to evaluate the players and who they are as players", Pelinka said. LaVar Ball has maintained all along that his son will only play for the Lakers, saying as much on The Kevin and Mike Show in Arizona in late February. But the 2018 draft class should be significantly weaker than 2017's, although getting the No. 1 pick might mean getting Missouri signee and stud small forward Michael Porter Jr, who could fit even better with the Celtics' roster than Fultz. This is an exciting young team with a chance to make some noise in the postseason, so why not do at least something to improve its lot?

Chicago owns the 16th overall pick in the draft and will have the chance to try and land an impact player.

Unless they think Duke's Jayson Tatum is a better answer.

Phoenix will get the fourth overall pick in its eighth straight lottery appearance. Among the two that were present, Washington's Markelle Fultz only did team interviews and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox only did team interviews, measurements and media obligations.

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.

I think we can all agree.

Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. A hometown kid staying home and playing in front of his college and high school fans, then earning a new fan base in front of a rabid Staples Center crowd?

If not for former general manager Sam Hinkie, who fleeced the Kings back in 2015, the Sixers would be sitting with the fifth overall pick.

Up Next: The 2017 NBA Draft takes place Thursday, June 22 from New York City and will air on ESPN. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.

  • Julie Sanders