There is a strong feeling around the basketball world that the Celtics will take Fultz with the first pick and the Lakers will take Ball and his $500 Kobe-ripoffs.er.
Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.
The Celtics will then still have the Nets' unprotected first-round pick next season, giving them further potential trade ammunition or just the ability to add another young piece to go with Jaylen Brown, last year's No. 3 overall pick, and the top pick in this year's draft.
"This is about the youth", Knicks team President Phil Jackson told a group of reporters following the lottery.
This leaves the Sixers with many options at three including the possibility of selecting the third best player in most mock drafts, Josh Jackson.
Overall, the Suns finished 24-58, the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association, thus earning them the second-best odds, 19.9 percent, at the No. 1 overall pick and a 55.8 percent probability of landing in the top three.
Now, fresh off a Game 7 semifinal win over the Washington Wizards, the Celtics in many ways find themselves playing with house money as they prepare to host a LeBron James-led Cleveland team carrying all the expectations into tonight's Game 1 in Boston.
Popovich was left perplexed and downright disgusted that his team got dominated in such embarrassing fashion without Leonard, who re-injured his tender left ankle in Game 1 after stepping on Pachulia's foot.
76ERS: The winners of last year's lottery will really "Trust the Process" if they win even bigger Tuesday. "I'm going to keep talking about it until it happens". "It's pretty awesome", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage. They fell to the eighth spot as the Sacramento Kings jumped into the top-three. "I think that they can add to our team and help us in some capacity, but I think it's unsafe to think that a 19-year-old's going to come in and transform our franchise".
Boston acquired the Nets' 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks in the deal.
After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick". Sacramento was drawn third in the lottery Tuesday, but the 76ers had the right to swap picks with the Kings by virtue of a 2015 trade.
"We'll get a talented young player, hopefully someone that can contribute this next year", he said. I don't see the Lakers trying to move outside of the top-five in any trade situation, but this is a deep draft and netting any additional picks would be a huge help.
The Celtics had the best of odds or receiving the No. 1 pick at 25 percent, and the ping-pong balls bouncing Boston's way completed a memorable two-day stretch for the storied franchise. The Nets had the worst record in the league this season and thus had the greatest chance at getting the No. 1 pick.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who used the top overall pick to land Ben Simmons previous year, will select third.
While Ball is the most likely selection with the no. 2 pick, the Lakers may end up with point guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington. "I think there are four, five guys that are well-suited to be [drafted] at the top", General Manager Rob Pelinka said. "Two games, now we're going back home so there are still a lot of reasons to believe". The Kings will select fifth and 10th.
The event that every New York Knicks fan has been uncomfortably anticipating has finally passed.
Miami Heat: There is literally no outcome less desirable when you start a season 11-30 than winding up with the No. 14 pick. But their biggest move of the summer will come on draft night (June 22).
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