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Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers second

19 May 2017, 11:41 | Gladys Abbott

Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers second

Boston Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers second

The model only gives Bradley a 31 percent chance of playing as a starter or better in the National Basketball Association, but now gives him a 78 percent chance of playing at least as well as a solid rotation player in the league. Fortunately for the 76ers, that shouldn't be too complicated.

CELTICS: When Boston sent Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn as part of a draft-night trade in 2013, the Celtics not only acquired the Nets' first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, but also the right to swap first-round selections in 2017. Even if the Sixers draft Jackson, my guess is the Sixers would still look to lock "Rock" up.

And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. And there is a value, if just a small one, in that higher position. The versatile 6-foot-8 forward from Detroit showed his biggest weakness wasn't a completely lost cause by hitting 38.5% of his 3-pointers in January, 47.8% in February and 40% in March. However, this night could be a fateful one for the franchise in more ways than one. Though the Celtics already have a top point guard in Thomas, Grousbeck said he expected they would make the pick.

The truth is, we're not sure.

It was pretty evident up to the draft lottery that the Lakers and the Ball family mutually felt like they would be a good fit.

Boasting a true shooting percentage of 56.6, Tatum displayed growing efficiency as the year went on. Plus, do they really want to deal with LaVar Ball? But they are at the point in their process where they can no longer pretend to be rebuilding. He said the club will begin workouts Wednesday.

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Had the draft order played out as planned, the Milwaukee Bucks would've been better off with a healthy Wiggins instead of a now-twice-injured Parker. But there is a certain draft rate of exchange, and if they can acquire anything while dropping down a few spots, they might as well add it to their stash.

"There's always something. I thought it would stop, but it won't ever stop", he said.

"I think any player that we pick for the Lakers has to fit our Lakers DNA, and that's players of high character, with diversified skillsets, versatility, team-first mentality and an obsession for the relentless pursuit of excellence", said Pelinka. So maybe he uses it as a creative lure to have someone take Jahlil Okafor.

While in Manhattan for Tuesday's draft lottery, Colangelo actually had the chance to sit down with Korkmaz's American representatives to discuss the 19-year old's potential options for next season. "That was definitely a goal of mine, and we got it, so it's on to bigger and better things".

In each of these availabilities, the general themes and talking points that Colangelo spoke of were relatively similar, especially in terms of his excitement over the spot the Sixers snagged in the first round of this year's draft. "It's just a matter of what degree of success". The Sixers could also just take the best available player, which arguably would be Duke's Jayson Tatum. There's a lot of talent. Some of it is more ready to step in and compete right away. "You have to build on this momentum", said Pierce. One of the things that's interesting about him is that you can coach him really hard. George and Kimmel talked about the speculation of him leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers, and PG did little to dismiss those rumors.

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