Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

Jackson, who played one year at Kansas and has a similar build to the Lakers first-round draft pick last year, Brandon Ingram, averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range in 35 games. He is also a 6-foot-8 small forward.

The first 10 picks could feature as many as five point guards being selected, dropping some of the premier big men to the next 10 and letting teams with serious needs in the frontcourt get their pick of some of the best frontcourt players. "He's a great kid and a great player, and we're going to see how he fits with this group". If the Lakers fall out of the top three, their pick goes to the 76ers, who would get it from Phoenix per terms of a three-team trade with Milwaukee at the 2015 deadline. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge seems as if he would have no qualms about continuing to explore a trade, although Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck seems more interested in the potential of a young talent who doesn't cost as much as an All-Star veteran would right now.

"Me and Isaiah Thomas would be a great backcourt", said Fultz. Let's take a look at some of the options Boston will weigh.

Many believe the lottery aims to benefit the teams the National Basketball Association want to succeed, namely the Los Angeles Lakers. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for". Either way, when paired with their young core of Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers have a lot to be excited about.

Nonetheless, this all comes back to what LaVar Ball said in February.

This is where things really get interesting for Jackson.

Numerous top prospects are fully committed and won't be a worry.

They haven't had that luck in a long time. The team held onto their high draft pick in last year's draft and opted for California's Jaylen Brown at the No. 3 spot, while also signing free agent Al Horford to the team from Atlanta. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five. "He's one of the best defenders in the class, physically ready to contribute, and a consistent jumper away from growing into a tremendous player".

Injuries are the main concern for teams considering Giles, as his health brings added uncertainty that our model can't directly account for.

The Philadelphia 76ers have done a terrific job of positioning themselves the right way for success in the lottery. One would think ownership and coaches would do backflips across the Sonoran Desert if Jackson fell into their laps. But most experts have the Sixers grabbing Duke forward Jayson Tatum with that pick. Ask the San Antonio Spurs, who took Manu Ginobili with the 57th overall pick in 1999.

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