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

As the National Basketball Association draft lottery concluded, predictions about where many players would land started to come to fruition, including Gonzaga's Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss.

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

In addition, keeping their first round pick meant that the Lakers no longer owed the Orlando Magic the 2019 first round pick in relation to the Dwight Howard trade from the summer of 2012. Each team entered the night with hopes of snagging the No.1 overall pick, but in the end, it was the Celtics who got the top prize.

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, left, Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, center, and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, react after the learning they will get one of the first three picks as the NBA basketball draft lottery is announced, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. Thanks to an awfully lopsided trade concocted by Lord Sam Hinkie in 2015, Philadelphia had the rights to swap picks with the Kings.

Not only that, but Philly also got the Lakers' 2018 first round pick - unprotected - since LA kept their pick this year.

Neither of those scenarios happened as LA kept their pick, but the Sixers did still luck out: Sacramento jumped up into the top three. Allen was not interviewed during the ESPN broadcast, but he was in the background during interviews of other top Draft picks. Tanking the season for the fourth overall pick is not exactly what they had in mind.

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76er center Joel Embiid was in the place to be, accepting the lottery position on stage. However, either way, there is still a growing number of players under 20 who are deciding to declare for the NBA Draft each season. The second-year point guard could likely be replaced by either Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz, the two highly touted floor generals that headline this year's draft class.

"Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team". Williams-Goss scored in the double digits twenty times this season and also shot a West Coast Conference-best 65-percent from the floor.

Another player possibly on the 76ers' radar is Josh Jackson (Kansas).

Although, things could get concerning when it comes to small forward T.J.

I asked McDonough if he had a preference between Jackson or Tatum.

Twenty one times before they have been in this situation and just once had they moved up. The Philadelphia 76ers should be in good shape come draft night on June 22 with the third overall pick.

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