Boston Celtics get top pick in NBA draft thanks to Nets trade

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers

Who won big and who left disappointed? "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now".

When Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie to be their general manager in 2013, he immediately embarked on a three-year quest to dismantle the team and acquire as many premium draft picks as possible.

There was no losing on this night for the Celtics. Though they had one of the league's most explosive offenses, particularly after making Nikola Jokic the starting center in December, their biggest downfall was an anemic defense that ranked 29th in the National Basketball Association, ahead of only the Lakers.

A month later, they were traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive deal that involved multiple first-round picks going to Boston. They could use a big to pair with Al Horford, but not with the top pick. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012. The Sixers, at first, drew the fifth overall pick in the lottery, but, because of the trade, managed to swap picks with the Kings to take the third overall pick instead.

Sacramento now has the 5th and 10th picks in the upcoming stacked draft. I'm not sure if IN goes for it, but man would this be a good deal.

Rarely does a playoff team have the top pick in the NBA Draft. It's different when you can sit down and get a feel for the person and have them all in. It's more about them not losing than winning.

The first option would be to draft one of the great young players from this year's draft class. Five is a better pick than eight. It would have converted into a second round pick.

"Getting the No. 1 pick is very fun".

Sure, it could have been better. The only problem the Kings have is they need to hit on these picks because they don't have their own in 2018. There's no reason to complain.

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. He may be on track, but there's no guarantee he gets there. "So you've got to send more guys along, so this guy coming back had better be the second coming".

The Celtics will be followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Sixers will participate in the Utah Jazz Summer League from July 3-6. Another case where tanking didn't necessarily equate to the way it was intended. Phoenix will get the fourth overall pick.

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