Danny Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

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After a controversial NBA draft in 1985, in which the NBA basically gave Patrick Ewing, the star Georgetown center, to the big market New York Knicks, the NBA needed to prove that they were not fixing the lottery. "But we have flexibility with the high pick". Which teams benefited and suffered the most? The Boston Celtics had the best chance to win the lottery, which seems nearly unfair considering the fact they are a #1 seed in this year's playoffs. The playoffs have been rather bland by comparison to previous years, and an Eastern Conference finalist had the best odds to win the top pick in the draft.

The Celtics had a 25 percent chance to get the top pick, thanks to Brooklyn finishing with the worst record in the league. We also can't forget the Kings trade that keeps on giving, after swapping picks this year, the Sixers will get the Kings' first round pick in 2019, which is also unprotected.

Speaking with ESPN on Wednesday, Pierce clearly believes it's time for Danny Ainge to make another blockbuster deal. The Mavericks start the night in the No. 9 spot and are hoping to move into the top three for the first time since taking eventual co-Rookie of the Year Jason Kidd in 1994.

Ultimately, Tuesday night was a big win for the Lakers' rebuild.

It marked the third straight year that the Lakers landed the No.2 pick in the draft.

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Fultz, out of Washington, and Ball, out of UCLA, are the draft's top two point guards.

This was a huge hurdle to overcome in the long-term Lakers rebuilding plan. They could then continue to pile on the assets that have put the franchise in a successful position once again, but that would likely mean dealing Al Horford as well. The bad news is Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov are owed over $100 million combined for the next three seasons.

The rights to the top two picks came down to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The acquisitions of Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo didn't result in a dominant front line, and the pieces on the roster weren't fitting well together at all. It is hard to see them passing on one of the fantastic guard prospects with their first pick, meaning they will definitely target a forward/center with at least one of their three second round picks.

At No. 6, the Magic might miss out on all three of the top guard prospects. "But at some point this summer, I'm going to be playing five-on-five".

Thomas is 28 and becomes a free agent after next season. The draft is chock of full point guards and the Knicks just happen to be in the market for one. That said, don't expect the Kings to pass up on him at No. 5. As the National Basketball Association draft lottery concluded, predictions about where many players would land started to come to fruition, including Gonzaga's Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss. And now, NY has missed out on a top-3 draft pick.

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