Tuesday, May 16, 2017

N.B.A. Draft Lottery 2017: Celtics Got 1st Pick, Markelle Fultz?

NBA Draft Lottery 2017, Boston Celtics, Markelle Fultz

The Boston Celtics got the top pick on Tuesday night in the 2017 draft lottery. They had acquired the pick as part of a trade with the Nets in 2013. The Los Angeles Lakers got the No. 2 pick, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3. The Knicks, who had a 5.3 percent chance of getting the top pick, received the No. 8 slot.

Boston had a 25% chance to get the 1st seed and the opportunity to build an Eastern Conference giant. It was part of the payoff for a 2013 trade in which the Nets sent the Celtics their 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks, along with the right to swap picks this year, for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

While Garnett and Pierce are now retired and the Nets were the worst team in the league this season, the Celtics have continued to build a contender with those assets. They took Jaylen Brown with the third overall pick last June and now have the No. 1 pick to leverage.

Here's my mock draft for 2017:

1st Boston Celtics : Markelle Fultz is an easy top pick, Danny Ainge will be an idiot to pass on him.
2nd Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball
3rd Philadelphia 76ers: Jayson Tatum
4th Phoenix Suns: Josh Jackson
5th Sacramento Kings: De’Aaron Fox

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