Celtics and Lakers Big Winners on Lottery Night

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Celtics and Lakers Big Winners on Lottery Night

The Boston Celtics are in a great place right now.

The NBA's most decorated team earned the right to lose to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals with a Game Seven victory over the Washington Wizards, and they received the first-overall pick (thanks to the Brooklyn Nets) in the 2017 NBA Draft at the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night. Coming off of two championships in three seasons and three straight Finals appearances, The Celtics had the second pick in the 1986 draft. They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick past year thanks to Brooklyn.

Fortunately for the Lakers, they landed the No. 2 pick, meaning they keep their 2019 first-rounder and next year, their 2018 pick, will be unprotected and go the 76ers.

While Brown made an impact this season with his athleticism and high basketball I.Q., the other two could be far removed from their chance to play on an NBA roster.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery.

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"We've been counted out since I've been here so that's nothing new", said Boston's Isaiah Thomas. However, the Sacramento Kings ended up swapping their pick with them, allowing Philadelphia to pick up the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22. It's different when you can sit down and get a feel for the person and have them all in. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later. The Lakers only get to keep the pick they dealt to Phoenix as part of the deal if it lands inside the top three on Tuesday — and there's about a 53 percent chance it won't. The Kings will likely go with a guard/wing combo with both picks. Underclassmen who have not signed an agent have until May 24 to pull out of the draft.

Asked if he's concerned that any of the projected top-10 point guards, such as Ball, Fox, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina of France fitting with Ben Simmons, Colangelo replied, "I think any of the guards on the board could complement Ben Simmons". Many believe the Celtics will take him. While he has the ability to play off the ball as well, his size and skill set are better suited at point guard.

Markelle Fultz will nearly surely be the first player taken in the draft. Fans may not like that.

Many consider this year's draft to be very deep. One area of need is in the paint.

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