When Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie to be their general manager in 2013, he immediately embarked on a three-year quest to dismantle the team and acquire as many premium draft picks as possible.
Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, left, Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, center, and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, react after the learning they will get one of the first three picks as the NBA basketball draft lottery is announced, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.
Boston has yet to beat the Cavs this season with Cleveland at full strength.
"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said after the draft lottery results were revealed. But right now, it's just good to have clarity as to where everybody is in the draft.
I think they should at least consider it.
Once the game started, there was little to get excited about for Boston. In an interview with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father, said, "Oh, he's going to be a Laker".
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WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The Boston Celtics have a No. 1 seed and the No. 1 pick.
Earlier in the day, the first paragraph of his page included the line, "He is best known for destroying the Nets in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade".
After all, it was Hinkie who orchestrated a trade with the Sacramento Kings - a heist, rather - obtaining Nik Stauskas, a protected first-rounder, and swap rights to the Kings' first-round pick this year just to absorb the salaries on Carl Landry and Jason Thompson.
The Sixers could also trade down in the draft, or they could even trade the pick away. And having the No. 1 pick this year, and potentially the No. 1 overall pick again next year with Brooklyn's pick again, he doesn't have to take that kind of a risk.
Now, the Celtics get their choice from a guard-heavy field of talent. With Phoenix now picking fourth, they will lose out on top point guard prospects Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.
If the Suns are to keep the pick however, they could look at drafting De'Angelo Fox or Jayson Tatum as they look to rebuild a young side to compete long into the future.
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First things first, the Los Angeles Lakers will have the second pick in the draft for the third straight year.
The Phoenix Suns, who had the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association this season, dropped to fourth overall.
Fultz, out of Washington, and Ball, out of UCLA, are the draft's top two point guards. We have a lot of decisions to make before we get there.
The 2017 draft is June 22, and Thursday's lottery set the order.
The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.
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