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

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Less than 24 hours after a Game 7 victory that put them in the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics earned the right to choose first in next month's draft with the pick they received in the 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets.

Never in the wildest dreams of the most passionate Celtics fans could this week have been expected.

Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-rounder in 2018 from the Nets.

The Boston Celtics received a timely boost on the eve of their Eastern Conference showdown with Cleveland on Tuesday, May 16 (Wednesday in Manila) after discovering they will command the first pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft.

Despite the fact that NY has missed the playoffs in five of the past eight seasons, it's only had two lottery picks during that time.

"I was very excited and happy", Johnson said on the Lakers' Twitter feed. The Lakers own No.

Of course, Boston could also explore trade opportunities if they feel like that helps to improve the team more than any player in this year's draft.

What Boston actually does with this pick will be anyone's guess.

Armed with the eighth overall pick, Jackson and the front office should take solace in the fact that 15-of-24 players that participated in the 2017 All-Star game were drafted seventh or later. 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. He's drawn comparisons to Dwyane Wade, John Wall and Russell Westbrook. He is a tremendous guard and would be able to play well with fellow Washington alum Isaiah Thomas.

That's where Ball comes in. Kings; 6. Magic; 7. They drew the eighth slot, not good enough for these Knicks who need so much. He's been compared to Jason Kidd.

Hardly anyone expects the Celtics to challenge the Cavs for the East title, let alone win the series. Brooklyn was desperate to contend, and Boston is still reaping the benefits.

According to the report, Jimmy Butler and Paul George have been on the radar of the Celtics for some time now. Ainge will undoubtedly be receiving constant calls from around the league. We're going to look forward to doing that.

While no Big Ten prospect is projected to get selected in the first fourteen picks, the draft order allows us the chance to speculate on the respective teams' later selections. "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now".