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Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick (copy)

Ben Pena | 17 May, 2017, 21:48

The Boston Celtics won the draft lottery Tuesday night and will have the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Technically the Brooklyn Nets won the lottery, but the Celtics own the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets.

As a result, barring an unexpected trade, instead of choosing among the likes of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball or Kansas forward Josh Jackson at the top of the process, the Heat will be left to select from the middle of the first-round pack, where the options could include IN forward OG Anunoby, North Carolina forward Justin Jackson and Wake Forest forward John Collins, among others.

The Los Angeles Lakers meanwhile discovered they will get second pick.

That bold move paid off on Tuesday as the Celtics earned the top spot in the draft, giving them their first first pick since the introduction of the lottery in 1985.

The Nuggets finished 40-42 last season, their best mark in four years, and missed the postseason by two games.

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"We can't expect to be a team on the rise this year", Connelly said. Not only is the team in the driver's seat to pick Lonzo Ball, whose dad expressed a very strong preference for him to stay in L.A., but they dodged a bullet in the process. "But it comes down to we have to study, we have to prepare and we have to determine what will fit us best ..."

"I still hate them", Johnson told reporters after the lottery was conducted at a New York City hotel. The T-Wolves will pick seventh. The fact that a team anxious about how a trade of such significance will be evaluated after the draft picks included in the trade are worked out landed potentially "in range", it could open the door on a deal just enough for the Hawks to target a specific player at that spot.

The Celtic's situation is a bit different, as most teams will probably watch the lottery drawing, Boston will not.

"We're going to evaluate the players and who they are as players", Pelinka said. "So we know what we need".

This year, the Magic won't have the benefit of the No. 1 pick to draft a transformative talent. Kentucky coach John Calipari called Monk "special". He's only 18 and he came off the bench for his French team so he may not be able to help immediately. Among players who could be available for the Timberwolves at No. 7 are Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac and Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen. But Frazier thinks the Knicks should take a point guard with the eighth pick. "And luckily in this draft there are a lot of point guards".

The fact that the Kings ended up with the 10th spot was potentially good for Hawks in terms of the likelihood of making them a potential trade partner; had the pick landed 11th or later it would have become property of the Chicago Bulls.

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