Celtics to pick first overall in 2017 National Basketball Association draft

He told Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times after the lottery festivities had taken place about he and Magic Johnson's day, which included a supportive call from Kobe Bryant, a Facetime from Jeanie Buss and plenty more.

Boston's basketball operations staff will look to strengthen the organization even more in late June by using their top draft pick, which they acquired in a trade with Brooklyn during the summer of 2013. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. 4 pick to add to a team that had the best record in the East this season behind All-Star Isaiah Thomas. After having the best odds for the No. 1 pick in 1997, Boston missed out on the chance to get Tim Duncan; in 1986, the Celtics landed the No. 2 overall pick and used it on Len Bias, who died two days later of a cocaine overdose.

"I think we have a good chance of taking that pick", he said, leading Johnson to turn and exclaim, "Wait, what?" They beat Washington in Game 7 of the second round on Monday and open the Eastern Conference finals at home today against Cleveland.

Just four years into their rebuild, the C's have already risen to be among the top tier of teams in the National Basketball Association.

The Celtics also get another first-round pick in 2018 from the Nets. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.

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We're more than one month away from the draft and anything can still change but it sure seems likely that Lonzo Ball will be a Laker by July. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.

The Lakers also would have owed its 2019 first round pick to Orlando had it not finished in the top three.

Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade.

The Lakers, meanwhile, can breathe easy. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.

Hill played in just 47 games for the Knicks before he was shipped to the Rockets as part of the trade that brought Tracy McGrady to NY. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.

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