Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

Celtics Lakers 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

Celtics Lakers 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

The Boston Celtics will drat first, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and then the Philadelphia 76ers will make their selection before Phoenix.

Those assumptions might be premature, however.

And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up in their first year with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as their team president.

The Lakers don't need to even take a player at second overall, there are different routes the franchise can take to bring in new talents.

Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant.

The Lakers have the second overall pick in next month's National Basketball Association draft and LaVar Ball says no other teams need to even bother asking for a workout. "We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core", he said.

That put them in the ping pong ball running for one of the top three picks alongside the Boston Celtics (who owned the Brooklyn Nets' pick) and the Lakers.

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The Lakers had a 15.6% chance of winning the lottery and a 47% chance of staying in the top three.

In what it believed to be the deepest draft in quite some time, the Lakers will have plenty of solid options to choose from with the second pick. I think we're good at what we do.

Phil Jackson and the Knicks will enter June 22 with the eighth, 45th, and 58th overall selections in the 2017 NBA Draft.

With its most recent lottery pick, NY drafted power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who has since become a franchise cornerstone.

DraftExpress has guards Markelle Fultz and Ball as the top two picks in its most recent mock, while backcourt playmakers De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Dennis Smith Jr. are also in the top 10. That performance has helped solidify him as a top-five pick.

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