Celtics win draft lot­tery, Lak­ers sec­ond

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS ANGELES: Four years ago, Paul Pierce and Kevin Gar­nett played their fi­nal games for the Celtics. A month later, they were traded to the Brook­lyn Nets in a mas­sive deal that in­volved mul­ti­ple firstround picks go­ing to Bos­ton.

On Tues­day, the Celtics reaped the ul­ti­mate re­ward of ac­quir­ing a first over­all pick by win­ning the NBA draft lot­tery. It is the first time Bos­ton will se­lect first since the lot­tery be­gan in 1985.

The Celtics ob­tained the pick from the Nets in 2013 and had a 25 per cent of get­ting the top pick. The Nets fin­ished with the league’s worst record at 20-62.

Be­sides get­ting the first over­all pick a night be­fore they opened the East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals at home against the Cleve­land Cava­liers, the Celtics also got an­other first-round choice in 2018 from the Nets. Bos­ton al­ready ob­tained first-round picks from Brook­lyn in 2014 and 2016.

Markelle Fultz is pro­jected to be the top over­all pick in the June 22 draft, and the Celtics could use the pick to pair him in the back­court with Isa­iah Thomas. Thomas was the last over­all pick by the Sacra­mento Kings in the 2011 draft.

While Bos­ton were go­ing to get a top­four pick, the Los Angeles Lak­ers had to sweat out the lot­tery. They moved up one spot to num­ber two.

The Philadel­phia 76ers, who used the top over­all pick to land Ben Sim­mons last year, will se­lect third. Phoenix will get the fourth over­all pick.

The Sacra­mento Kings rounded out the top five. The Or­lando Magic and Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves are sixth and sev­enth while the New York Knicks are eighth.

The Dal­las Mav­er­icks are ninth and the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans are 10th.

The Char­lotte Hor­nets, Detroit Pis­tons, Den­ver Nuggets and Mi­ami Heat will get the fi­nal four lot­tery picks. Reuters

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