Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Suns fall 2 spots, will pick 4th in NBA Draft

Suns fall 2 spots, will pick 4th in NBA Draft

The infamous Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Brooklyn Nets is the gift that keeps on giving for the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics have claimed the No 1 pick in the NBA Draft after winning the lottery on Tuesday night.

While the Celtics and Lakers were the big winners, it wasn't just those franchises that had a lot at stake last night. And on Wednesday night, the C's will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the East finals.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.

"I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens".

The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years.

Lakers president Magic Johnson previously said he didn't anticipate LaVar's outlandish comments about his son to affect the selection process. In exchange, along with some role players, the Celtics received the Nets' 2014, 2016, and 2018 first-round picks, with the right to swap picks in 2017.

The Philadelphia 76ers could draft Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

And it was Hinkie who drafted Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, and also traded Elfrid Payton for Dario Saric, while putting the Sixers in position to draft Ben Simmons last summer.

Amid all the conspiracy theories surrounding the NBA's lottery over the years, there hasn't been much room for shadiness and extracurricular speculation when it comes to the 12th lottery spot.

"We've got plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we would probably make the pick".

Fox went off for 39 points, outplaying Ball (10 points, eight assists) and leading Kentucky to an 86-75 win in the Sweet 16.

Speaking of the 76ers, there was another team that they were tied with in the draft lottery - the Sacremento Kings.

Their victory made it three consecutive years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. 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. Not only did the Lakers keep the pick, but they actually moved up a spot, to No. 2. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.

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