Celtics seek top pick, Lakers aim to keep theirs in lottery


It would not be surprising to see the two teams engage in a swap right on NBA Draft night, so stay tuned as the plot thickens for these two up-and-coming franchises.

This year's lottery comes with added intrigue thanks to a stacked incoming draft class and some dramatic storylines involving franchises with top odds to win the No. 1 overall pick.

"It was emotional", Taylor said of standing on the stage on national television that night as the Wolves' card was revealed as the lottery victor. We got a plan in place for that, and if we don't we've got a plan in place if we don't. "Karl has been just a terrific addition to our team". Let's review some facts to prepare you for the lottery.

Two former Kentucky players will get better insight into their professional lives Tuesday night when the National Basketball Association holds its 2017 Draft Lottery on ESPN. The Nets had the worst record in the league this past season at 20-62. Then, four balls are selected at random from the machine to determine the order of the first three picks. Failing to win in previous years does not increase your odds of winning this time around. "Sometimes they should be for you and sometimes they'll be against you". They haven't had the first overall pick since drafting Patrick Ewing in 1985, when Frazier's former teammate Dave Debusschere represented NY on stage. "I think overall we've accomplished quite a bit". Miami does not have a second round pick in this year's draft. But you'd be hard-pressed to find folks who haven't dreamed of how big a house or how fast a vehicle they'd buy if they ever did beat the odds.

It will be interesting to see where the Charlotte Hornets' pick ends up this year. He showed well in rebounding and energy, but he scored just five points on 2-of-7 shooting during a 5-on-5 session at the combine. Minnesota drafted Christian Laettner.

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The Sixers will be sending star center and process mascot Joel Embiid as the team's representative at the event. Hopefully he's be better luck on the presentation platform.

The Philadelphia 76ers are no longer a "best player available" draft setting. "We could get No. 1, but the odds are very low".

That will continue as the team waits for the Lottery results and begins bringing in players for individual and group workouts. They had the 3rd best odds at the number one pick, but they were not guaranteed the 3rd spot. Playing with Lonzo Ball, a top prospect in the draft, was obviously beneficial for him. "You can't camouflage it", said coach Brett Brown, who represented the 76ers on stage. He has largely been in charge of the Magic's college scouting for the last five years. They will now be in the seventh slot of the draft lottery with the Timberwolves being sixth. That's a lot riding on the bounces of a few ping-pong balls. Collecting young talent is nice, but Taylor said the Wolves need veterans to balance out a promising young lineup.

Nobody moved up in the lottery, which sets the top three picks.

The Lakers had a shot at bettering their chance for a top-three pick during the season.