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

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Barring a surprise pick, the aforementioned five players expect to be the top five picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, though the order of picks could change. If the latter happens, the Lakers could absorb dealing a young player since the new prospect will take his place.

Fox will attend the draft lottery.

Here's how the drawing process works to collect the different four-ball combinations from the lottery machine: All 14 balls are placed in the lottery machine and they are mixed for 20 seconds, then the first ball is removed. It will definitely be important to the Mavericks to get the right player at the right pick, but drafting something like a center does not make a whole lot of sense for the team.

Another potential story is vindication for "The Process" in Philadelphia. They could select a college star and have their centerpiece for the future to pair with last year's top selection Jaylen Brown as well as another Brooklyn pick next year. Williams has brought the team plenty of luck in the past, landing back-to-back number 1 picks in 1992 and 1993, as well as in 2004. But this is a draft loaded with talent, so Philly should come out well either way. The Pelicans keep their pick if it's in the Top 3, but there's about a 10% chance of that happening.

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And for more fun, read up on the legendary conspiracy theory involving the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery in 1985. Unlike other major sports that reward the worst teams with the highest draft pick, the National Basketball Association uses a weighted lottery system to determine the draft order. If they can't get past the Wizards in Game 7, they could still score a huge win in the lottery, where they can finish no lower than No. 4 overall.

Los Angeles Lakers - There is no team more dependent on a favorable bounce of the ping-pong balls Tuesday night than the Lakers, who are entering their first draft under the new leadership team of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka.

"The pain that we've all gone through, the pain of losing is real".

Taylor prefers a recognizable face to represent the Wolves on stage. You want to know. "I think this validates some of the pain we went through". The Lakers will have a 46.9 percent chance of their pick remaining in the top three, meaning that the most likely scenario is the Sixers receiving a second first round pick this year.

The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. But that pick had protections which limited when that pick could be used. Jackson hinted if the Knicks are far enough back, he could swap the pick to get another body. That would have been disappointing. Maybe you don't. But you got to continue to make moves and turn it until you have that complete flawless picture. The Lakers jumped from fourth in the lottery standings to second by the kindness of the pingpong balls and selected D'Angelo Russell second overall. "We don't have to wait and see what someone else does".

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