NBA Draft Lottery: 5 scenarios that could impact the Pacers

Knicks take another loss at the lottery.


On Tuesday, the recently retired future Hall of Famer took to Twitter after the Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery for the first time and earned the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick.

"I'm sure we'll hear in the next little while", Ainge said. "We've got to get better in close games".

The actual process of drawing ping pong balls is a complicated one. They have been in 14 Lotteries, including picks they've traded away. "A lot of times for these meetings, they call it speed dating". Or Philly could wind up with two top four picks.

The Celtics, thanks to a trade with the Nets, won the lottery.

Cleveland, on the opposite end of a Wiggins-like deal, traded former All-Star Mo Williams to the Los Angeles Clippers for a first-round pick in 2011, which later became Kyrie Irving.

Most draft boards have three players at the top, in some order: Markelle Fultz from Washington, Lonzo Ball from UCLA, and Josh Jackson from Kansas. There was a 96 percent chance the Nuggets would land the 13th pick, and that is now where they are officially scheduled to select during the draft on June 22. In theory, it's a loss, especially when the Knicks and their beleaguered fan base were hoping to defy the odds and crack the top three.

"I don't know too much about the triangle", Fox said. "It just didn't work".

The Hornets finished the season with the 11th worst record and had a 90% chance to stay in that spot and that's what happened. They won 44 games and lost in the second round to the Miami Heat in the only season Pierce and Garnett played together in Brooklyn. The T-Wolves will pick seventh. "I think they're better than any of the four times we played them (in the regular season), including the last one where they smashed us (a 114-91 Cavs romp in Boston on April 5)".

After about the 10 pick this year the thinking is there are about 10 or more players who are pretty evenly grouped.

But they will likely have to pick among a group of players that include: Gonzaga big man Zach Collins, North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard, French point guard Frank Ntilikina, Indiana forward OG Anunoby and shooting guard Terrance Ferguson. "I think they're doing a good job of trying to find out their culture and who they are". There's a group of players we think that are probably going to be all in similar talent ranges that we'll be able to add to our team.

"We have a guard need, we have a wing need". Because we don't know what another team might offer, we don't know how cheaply a veteran might be had, and we don't even know where Dallas is picking. Michael Pinkerton, 34, was charged with aggravated robbery, while Billy Ray Johnson, 58, was accused of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and with tampering with evidence involving one of the items taken during the holdup, sheriff's Sgt. Darrell Coslin said.