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

One night after taking credit for the Celtics landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has already revealed what he believes the club should do with the pick.

After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick". Standing alongside Lakers rep Magic Johnson and 76ers rep Joel Embiid, Celtics CEO, governor and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck smiled from ear-to-ear as it was announced that Boston drew No.1.

The No. 2 spot for the Lakers means they could be in position to select Lonzo Ball, the local star from UCLA who dazzled in his lone college season.

The good fortune belonged to two of the NBA's most-storied franchises. He's got to slow down at some point, the thinking goes, and there's no point in wasting future draft picks or locking up salary-cap space if the Cavaliers (or whatever team James chooses to play for) continue to run roughshod in the East.

On Tuesday night inside a NY hotel, the ping-pong balls smiled upon the Lakers once again.

As mentioned, the Celtics can add any player they want - Washington guard Markelle Fultz seems to be the consensus best player in the draft. "Number 2. I tell it like it is baby, here we come", LaVar said. This also allows for them to keep the 2019 first-round by instead sending their second-round selections from 2017 and 2018 as part of the multi-team deal that had originally landed Dwight Howard in Los Angeles in August 2012. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league. I think we're good at what we do.

It wouldn't be that surprising if the Hornets chose to move their pick considering that they traded the 22nd overall selection in the first round (Malachi Richardson) to the Sacramento Kings a year ago. "So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier". The Kings will select fifth and 10th.

On Tuesday night, the official 2017 NBA Draft order was revealed in NY and the second-likeliest scenario unfolded for the Knicks.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.

Despite the fact that NY has missed the playoffs in five of the past eight seasons, it's only had two lottery picks during that time. The other time was 1950 when Boston picked Chuck Share, who never played a game for the team.

All of these questions will be speculated about until answers are finally given at the end of June, but for now, here are my projections for the first round of the NBA Draft.

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