Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the National Basketball Association lottery

The lottery basically determines the first 14 picks in the draft and includes the teams that did not qualify for the postseason. Wojnarowski said. "Boston could possibly know closer to the draft where they stand with Hayward, but I think Danny Ainge has not gone "all in" with this group yet". It's hard for me to be patient. "We don't want to make any mistakes, and so far, we've been pretty good".

On Tuesday night inside a NY hotel, the ping-pong balls smiled upon the Lakers once again.

There was a tiny sting of moving two spots back, but overall this was a great night for the Kings. Ten years ago they dropped to #5 and missed out on Kevin Durant.

Most experts believe point guard Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball will be off the board in the first three picks, but the Suns could have a shot at the draft's top wing players - Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum.

As unfathomable as it may seem, the Sixers could be seen as a "win now" team beginning this year.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

The Boston Celtics had the top seed in the East. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options.

While the Celtics and Lakers were the big winners, it wasn't just those franchises that had a lot at stake last night. "We're in a situation where with the knowns with our roster and with our team, it probably affords you more of an opportunity to talk about fit. And now there's certainty and clarity".

Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant. He is a tremendous guard and would be able to play well with fellow Washington alum Isaiah Thomas.

Once the game started, there was little to get excited about for Boston. Imagine a bench group of that Fultz, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.

The Raptors traded a first-round pick and a second this year to Orlando in the Serge Ibaka trade, but Toronto still owns the 23rd selection. The first nine picks are projected to be freshmen. In exchange, along with some role players, the Celtics received the Nets' 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks, with the right to swap picks in 2017.

Still, James respects not only the Celtics, but also their hallowed history.

  • Julie Sanders