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

Vogel, who admitted to feeling "awkward" on the dais for the made-for-TV portion of the NBA Draft Lottery because of the tension of the teams, said there's no reason why the Magic can't mine the draft for an elite player with the No. 6 pick.

According to Grousbeck, it appears very unlikely that the Boston Celtics will shop their coveted draft selection.

If the Celtics feel they have a shot at the likes of Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, for example, they could simply draft No. 1 and then take a swing at a star in free agency without giving anything up.

The Boston Celtics received a timely boost on the eve of their Eastern Conference showdown with Cleveland on Tuesday, May 16 (Wednesday in Manila) after discovering they will command the first pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft. Boston is able to be in this position thanks to the heist from the Nets that shipped out an ancient Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Immediately after the lottery results came in Tuesday, multiple teams are already evaluating trade packages for Russell, according to Sports Illustrated.

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

Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-rounder in 2018 from the Nets. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick.

The lottery rewarded the Los Angeles Lakers with another No. 2 overall pick - the franchise's third straight.

ESPN lists Markelle Fultz, Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum as candidates to be selected first overall.

"I think point guard is obviously a priority, and luckily in this draft there are a lot of point guards, so they should get a good player".

Will the Celtics keep the pick? It's hard for me to be patient. "I like action", he said.

Russell has the versatility to play shooting guard should Los Angeles choose to move him off-the-ball alongside Ball, but the other option is to trade Russell considering he is a skilled, 21-year-old point guard with plenty of potential. What those routes are we will discuss, but quite frankly, all of which accelerate the Lakers rebuild back into a playoff team.

  • Julie Sanders