"We can't expect to be a team on the rise this year", Connelly said. Instead, the 90.7% chance they had of getting the 11th pick held true.
The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night.
It was the first time the Celtics had ever won the lottery.
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"I'm glad we didn't trade it, you can write it down", Boston managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said. "We look forward to a young player that we'll be able to draft next month". Also as part of the deal, Boston obtained Brooklyn's 2014 first round pick, 2016 first round pick, the option to swap 2017 first round picks, and the Nets' 2018 first round pick. The Lakers had the NBA's third-worst record in the league but are in danger of not having a lottery pick at all if the balls bounce the way the odds say they will.
Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory.
Now L.A. will have its choice of Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Kansas' Josh Jackson and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox - the top projected players in this year's draft. If they had fallen out of the top three, they would have lost their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando in addition to seeing their pick in this year's draft disappear.
The 2017 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 22 beginning at 4 p.m. Arizona time. What's more, he's going to be halfway through his career, whoever he is, and he's going to be paid a lot of money, which restricts you in other ways.
While teams like the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks failed to gain any ground, they can take solace in the fact that they are in a better position than the Knicks heading into the Draft.