In the past 24 hours, Boston Celtics fans have gotten some big news. First, the franchise is headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Wizards, followed by news that they’ve landed the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Celtics were drawn during the NBA Lottery on Tuesday (May 16), landing the first overall pick in this summer’s draft. The pick came from the 2013 trade, which sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for three first-round picks, including the right to swap picks this year with the Nets, the worst team in the NBA this season.
By landing the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics became the first team to finish with the top record in a conference and get the first pick… since the the Lakers drafted James Worthy first in the 1982 draft. The team also own the Nets’ first-round pick next year.
“It felt just like winning Game 7 last night,” said Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, who represented Boston at the lottery. “There’s a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now. It’s great to be a Celtics fan right now.”
The Los Angeles Lakers landed the No. 2 pick in the draft, which is good news for the team’s fans… because they had a lot to lose.
According to ESPN, if the Lakers had not landed in the top three, they would have had to surrender their first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, due to a 2012 trade involving Steve Nash; and would have to give up their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando for the Dwight Howard trade in 2012.
Third was the Philadelpha 76ers, followed by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 4 pick and the Sacramento Kings landed the No. 5 pick.
Below is the full order of the 2017 NBA Draft, set to be held in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on June 22.
1. Boston (From Brooklyn)
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia (from Sacramento)
5. Sacramento (from Philadelphia)
8. New York
10. Sacramento (From New Orleans)
20. Portland (From Memphis via Denver and Cleveland)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Brooklyn (From Washington)
23. Toronto (From LA Clippers via Milwaukee)
25. Orlando (From Toronto)
26. Portland (From Cleveland)
27. Brooklyn (From Boston)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston)
29. San Antonio
30. Utah (From Golden State)