Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

Boston Celtics win 2017 NBA Draft Lottery

After his single season with the Nets, Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards the very next summer and spent the following two years in Los Angeles with the Clippers before calling it a career after a first-round playoff exit against Utah earlier this month. You've got a young person you can help mold and grow with.

Danny Ainge doesn't smoke, but he should've pulled out a Cuban cigar after the Celtics copped the No. 1 overall pick at the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night and started puffing away. Beyond providing an opportunity to add an elite young player to the mix, picking second should force the overhauled front office to evaluate their entire roster with fresh eyes. After all, success is the by-product of that preparation. They moved up one spot to No. 2.

So far, Nets traded away Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Enes Kanter, Damian Lillard, Jaylen Brown, Markelle Fultz, and a 2018 1st round pick. However, all the Knicks need is for one of those players to fall to them. On Sunday, the Boston Celtics, the top team in the NBA Eastern Conference, won Game 7 and moved on to the Conference Finals.

The 76ers, who used the top overall pick in Ben Simmons past year, will select third.

Here are five teams, specifically, that should be calling right now.

The legendary duo even pushed the Nets past the Raptors in the opening round of that year's playoffs, a victory that may have eluded them if Pierce had not stepped up and blocked Toronto guard Kyle Lowry's bid for a game-winning basket as time expired. But at the third pick, it also feels irresponsible to pass on the prospect that the team believes has the best chance of becoming an All-Star level player. Even so, just being on those calls opens the door for something beneficial. First of all, you have to match the money in the trade, so you've got to add significant additional players on our side to go just to sort of match the money, so it's three or four guys going and one guy coming back.

Orlando has been a mess over the past few seasons, and falling to pick No. 6 only makes things worse. It had been speculated for quite some time that Boston might trade that No. 1 draft pick away prior to the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The Kings can get a really good player at No. 5 with their own pick or use it as a trade asset in a deal to get something else.

State of the Franchise: Setting the table. Jordan Bell may have a lot of room to improve offensively, he still has the mold of a player any team would want.

Celtics get the FIRST overall pick.

The Lakers played Russell at both point guard and shooting guard this past season, but aren't convinced that he's part of the future with the team. Fortunately, his extension can be settled later in the off-season and it is often easier to make a forward combination work than two point guards.



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