The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery was mildly eventful. However, there are a few winners and losers from the fallout.
There was no real shocker on the night’s reveal of NBA lottery selections Tuesday. The Boston Celtics, with league-best odds, won the lottery, securing the No.1 overall pick. The Los Angeles Lakers landed second and the Sixers, via a pick-swap, finished third. Here are your winners and losers from lottery night.
Yeah…the #1 seed in the East and gearing up for the conference finals has the number 1 pick. The Celtics are already equipped with good young talent and players in their prime, and have a bevy of options for how to carry the most historic franchise in NBA history back to the mountain top.
Of course, they could always trade the pick. If so, premium players Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George or Jimmy Butler could be had. George would be ideal, as he isn’t ball dominant and could play next to Isaiah Thomas while giving the team another go-to scorer.
Markelle Fultz, Ball, Dennis Smith, De’Aaron Fox and Jawun Evans are all first rounders and all have solid chance of going high. Philly needs a point guard and their landing at No.3 presents opportunities, even if Fox lacks the shooting they need. The Kings at No. 5 seem likely, and neither seems likely to fall past the Knicks. It worked out well.
With the Lakers securing the second overall pick, Ball’s wish appears to be coming into fruition. Lonzo’s father, LaVar, has already stated that Lonzo will only workout for the Lakers ahead of the draft and the Lakers have not been shy about their affection for the UCLA product.
Ball’s up-tempo style and name recognition would make for a good fit in L.A. However…
Magic Johnson’s Ears
The Lakers are all set to select Lonzo and have to deal with LaVar’s mouth for the next decade.
The Kings secured the third overall pick , but have to swap with Philly. The poor Kings not only gave up Nik Stauskas in this deal, they only acquired Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic Yeah, that trade was executed to clear cap space, which they then used to sign no one. And, of course, the Kings now miss out on the opportunity to nab young, high-end talent in one of the better drafts in recent history.
New York Knicks
The Knicks came in with the seventh best odds in the lottery. They ended up with the eight pick. While the fall one spot may not seem like much, it may push them just out of range for one of the top point guards in this draft. It may also take them out of Malik Monk range, who may be a better fit in the triangle offense than the traditional point guards. That’s IF Phil Jackson wants to keep the triangle in New York.