Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Willis Reed

Willis Reed

The Los Angeles Lakers have one of the most storied histories in the National Basketball Association.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot.

Phoenix had the second-best odds (56%) of landing in the top three. For a team trying their best to run their star player out of town, they needed to get within the top 3 to get one of those impact players that K.P. turned out to be.

"A lot may change once you interact with them", Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson said. While there was luck involved (see: ping pong balls) in getting the first pick, you have to put yourself in position for that luck.

While the Lakers have made it clear that the elder Ball won't influence their decision either way, it appears as though Lonzo feels as strongly about playing for the franchise as his father.

As expected, Denver did not move up during the lottery.

The Purple and Gold own the second pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

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Numerous top prospects are fully committed and won't be a worry. "We got fourth and personally, I'm good with it", McDonough added.

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

"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever", LaVar told Lakers Nation about the purple and gold choosing his son. Let us first point out that he's already got on a purple and gold Big Baller Brand hat. Those things will try to be addressed in the draft and moving into free agency and trades. It seems unlikely that Ball's people would want a head-to-head workout with Fox, considering what happened when the two matched up in the NCAA Tournament.

Needing some more size inside, Boston could use their 53rd pick on IN center Thomas Bryant. Hornets; 12. Pistons; 13. Last night's lottery produced the following draft order.

Armed with the eighth overall pick, Jackson and the front office should take solace in the fact that 15-of-24 players that participated in the 2017 All-Star game were drafted seventh or later.

"Thanks to a standout freshman season at the University of Washington, the 6'4" point guard prospect has been labeled as the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft, according to many experts' predictions. "So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier". This also allows for them to keep the 2019 first-round by instead sending their second-round selections from 2017 and 2018 as part of the multi-team deal that had originally landed Dwight Howard in Los Angeles in August 2012.