Boston Celtics land top draft pick while advancing

Even more intriguing for Celtics fans, Ball is seemingly set on playing for the Lakers, who hold the No. 2 pick.

I think this could have been fixed, but with owners upset that the New York Knicks acquiring Patrick Ewing in the previous draft, I doubt it.

The Celtics missed 11 of their first 14 shots and trailed 22-9 with four minutes left in the first quarter. It would likely take something equivalent to a number one pick to woo either of those teams into trading their best players, so suddenly the idea that the Celtics could indeed move that pick to capitalize on a "win-now" window becomes a very real possibility.

One night after taking credit for the Celtics landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has already revealed what he believes the club should do with the pick.

He has a readymade National Basketball Association rivalry: Lonzo Ball, Fultz's another member of the 2017 draft class, has made no secret of his own belief that he (and not Fultz) should be selected first in June.

Although the Celtics have the first pick in June's draft and would have the first chance to take Lonzo Ball, many mock drafts including Sports Illustrated's project Boston to take Fultz first overall.

According to Shelburne, the Lakers are said to be considering several players with their second and 28th picks. I'm going to speak it into existence. Or will they trade it for a proven All-Star who might help them surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference? They put together really a heck of a team, a great team.

On Tuesday night, they received the top pick in a talented and deep draft headlined by guards Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. The Lakers need an injection of talent, and seem to be lacking at point guard as D'Angelo Russell hasn't developed at the rate some thought he would. Boston also got the Nets' first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Both the Celtics and Lakers have multiple selections in this draft and are in prime spots to select some of the Big Ten's top players. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in. We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core.

In all fairness, however, I can not explain why the New York Knicks dropped to eight overall behind the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being tied in odds.

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