Celtics seek top pick, Lakers aim to keep theirs in lottery

Javier Zarracina

Javier Zarracina

They haven't had the first overall pick since drafting Patrick Ewing in 1985, when Frazier's former teammate Dave Debusschere represented NY on stage.

"He goes hard because he wants to get better, so we (had) to create an environment where it's physical, it's mental and it's a challenge all the way around", Thomas said of Harris in March. "Karl has been just a terrific addition to our team".

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The Hornets can only end up in one of six slots during the lottery, which will be held at 8:30 p.m. Having finished 26-56, the third-worst record in the National Basketball Association, they have a 15.6% chance to get the first overall pick, a 15.74% chance to get the second overall pick and a 15.58% chance to get the third pick. The Knicks hope team legend Walt Frazier's style will improve their fortunes in the lottery.

We understand that the draft lottery and how it works can be confusing.

Nobody moved up in the lottery, which sets the top three picks. Cleveland took Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall that year, and Minnesota selected Derrick Williams. Johnson, Pelinka, and Walton have brought new direction to the franchise and would have the flexibility to move in a number of different ways with a roster full of young assets and a top-three pick in hand. The Wolves slid from No. 2 to No. 5 in 1993. They started 0-18, finishing a 28-game skid dating to 2014-15, en route to a 10-72 record that was just a game better than the all-time worst in an 82-game season.

The Lakers aren't the only team that needs lottery luck after mortgaging the future for an All-Star big man. The draft order for the teams that do not win one of the top three picks will be determined by inverse order of their regular-season record. "And in a couple of cases when you look back and see how (those players) performed, it really worked out that way, too". So the Celtics could enjoy the best of both worlds: the opportunity to compete for a title this season and the ability to add their choice of impact players when the draft takes place June 22.

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"They think it's a deep draft", Taylor said.

That's all getting ahead of things, though.

Who: Each of the 14 lottery teams will be accounted for by a representative who will sit behind their team's logo. The late Wolves coach and president tried "anything that was imaginable" for a little extra luck. With their lottery pick this year, Charlotte will be hoping to bounce back and get back into the postseason.

Markelle Fultz is the top prospect in a loaded draft class, and there's a good chance he'll head to one of the NBA's prominent franchises. Last year it was Towns; this year it's Wiggins.

The Sacramento Kings are the picture of dysfunction, and this draft lottery exposes that once again. That's a lot riding on the bounces of a few ping-pong balls.

All personnel in the drawing room will be required to relinquish cell phones and any other communication devices until the televised lottery results are announced. Do not expect much, if any, discussion on the Pelicans chances.

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