The Boston Celtics are playing in the Eastern Conference finals and following Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, are owners of the No. 1 pick.
Life couldn’t be much better for Boston basketball.
Question is, will team president Danny Ainge hold on to the pick? Will he draft Washington guard Markelle Fultz? Or how about ruin the Los Angeles Lakers’ day and nab UCLA’s Lonzo Ball?
Or will he ship it to some far off place for a notable veteran that could help the Celtics win right away? (Blake Griffin, anyone?)
When it comes to Ainge, it’s hard to tell. Hey, they don’t sometimes call the man “Trader Danny” for nothing.
Whatever Celtics do with No. 1, Danny Ainge will work to keep everyone guessing until draft night. Few run subterfuge like Boston's GM.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 17, 2017
Anyway, his old 1980s Lakers foe, Magic Johnson, is now in charge of the Celtics’ historical rival. It’s hard to know how badly Magic wants Ball and his, well, fun-loving father LaVar Ball.
But the Balls have made it pretty clear they want the Lakers.
The Philadelphia 76ers will pick third, and it’s hard to know where they might go. Word is, they too will explore dealing the pick for some veteran help.
The entire draft order is below. Stay tuned as AmicoHoops will have much more coverage of the draft, Celtics, and Lakers (and perhaps LaVar Ball) in the coming days.
2. L.A. Lakers
8. New York
20. Portland (via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Brooklyn (via Washington)
25. Orlando (via L.A. Clippers)
26. Portland (via Cleveland)
27. Brooklyn (via Boston)
28. L.A. Lakers (via Houston)
29. San Antonio
30. Utah (via Golden State)
31. Atlanta (via Brooklyn)
33. Orlando (via L.A. Lakers)
34. Sacramento (via Philadelphia)
36. Philadelphia (via New York)
37. Boston (via Minnesota) [36/37 may be swapped]
38. Chicago (via Sacramento)
39. Philadelphia (via Dallas)
40. New Orleans
42. Utah (via Detroit)
43. Houston (via Denver)
44. New York (via Chicago)
45. Houston (via Portland)
46. Philadelphia (via Miami)
49. Denver (via Memphis)
50. Philadelphia (via Atlanta)
51. Denver (via Oklahoma City)
53. Boston (via Cleveland)
54. Phoenix (via Toronto)
56. Boston (via L.A. Clippers)
57. Brooklyn (via Boston)
58. New York (via Houston)
59. San Antonio
60. Atlanta (via Golden State)