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

According to the team's general manager "I think it is a great draft & if we don't get lucky, we will get someone very good at #11".

In an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" on Wednesday, the 10-time All-Star expressed his belief that the Celtics should trade the No. 1 overall pick. Boston will select first for the first time since the lottery began in 1985. "If you're going to trade these picks for an established star making max, you've got to send max money out the door as well", he said. Ainge didn't make the one mistake his mentor, Auerbach, made when he kept Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish long after their primes, getting nothing in return. While Washington guard Markelle Fultz seems most likely to go first, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (and his annoying father) could also come up in discussions.

To get an idea of the type of player who could be on their way to Madison Square Garden in June, here's a look at the last 10 players to be drafted with the eighth pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel. The Hornets could still end up trading up or down in the draft depending on which player they want to go after. While Brandon Ingram still has the potential to develop into a game-changing player for the Lakers, both Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell - the two other lottery picks already wearing the purple and gold - look like they'll be solid players, but not the kind of difference-makers the Lakers are accustomed to having. Given the second-highest odds (19.9%) of landing the number one pick, Phoenix fell into the fourth spot. Considering that they find themselves in an nearly pleasant predicament, the purple and gold will select second overall for the third straight year. "Makes a lot of sense to keep these picks".

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It turned out they didn't, but Embiid still stole the show.

Someone like Terrance Ferguson or Justin Jackson could be there when they pick but with so many holes on the roster the Bulls need to hit on a first rounder. The NBA Draft is the unofficial beginning of the NBA's trade season.

Bill Burt is executive sports editor for CNHI Sports Boston. you can email him at bburt@eagletribune.com. The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are 6th and 7th while the New York Knicks are 8th.

He may not be the splashy pick at No. 5, but could be a good fit there trying for a Sacramento Kings team trying to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins. To be honest, while I'd like to optimistically buy in to my own silver lining that I've proposed here, I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if the Celtics forego moving the pick.

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