Philadelphia 76ers land third pick in NBA draft lottery

Five burning questions ahead of Celtics-Cavaliers, and one rather stark prediction

In 1986, the lottery was not decided based on a team's record, but on what teams logo would be drawn first from a bingo-style bucket. The 76ers will also receive the Lakers' 2018 first round draft pick and the Kings' 2019 first-rounder with no protections. They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick a year ago thanks to Brooklyn.

Boston becomes the first team to finish with the top record in a conference and then pick first overall since the Lakers did so and made James Worthy the No. 1 pick in the 1982 draft. "It's pretty unbelievable", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage. But nearly all other draft projections have Fultz going No. 1 to Boston.

Of course, the Celtics don't have to oblige.

Ball not working out for the Celtics does not make it a given that they won't draft him.

"It's two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present", Celtics president Danny Ainge said.

A league source told Draft Express Wednesday that Ball is still the "heavy favorite" for the No. 2 pick, but the franchise also wants to look at Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox.

The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.

"I brought my best suit, my ring, my jive chain, my prayers...it just didn't work", he said.

In what it believed to be the deepest draft in quite some time, the Lakers will have plenty of solid options to choose from with the second pick. The Celtics, who begin the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, earned the No. 1 spot during the National Basketball Association draft lottery in New York City.

Additionally, the Celtics most likely received the first pick in an NBA-backed effort to break the Cavs monopoly over the Eastern Conference.

"I hate to see Boston wind up with that pick being in our division, but that's what we're dealing with", he said.

"We've been counted out since I've been here, so it's nothing new", Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth. And having the No. 1 pick this year, and potentially the No. 1 overall pick again next year with Brooklyn's pick again, he doesn't have to take that kind of a risk.

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