The Boston Celtics have actually won the NBA draft lotto, profiting from a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets 4 years back.
The Los Angeles Lakers were other huge winners, going up one area to 2nd to keep their choice. If it fell outside the leading 3, they would have had to trade it to Philadelphia.
The Celtics will go from No1 seed to No1 choice after their 25% opportunity of winning came through Tuesday night. They open the Eastern Conference finals in the house on Wednesday versus Cleveland.
Brooklyn completed with the worst record in the league however the Celtics deserved to switch choices with them from the 2013 draft-night trade that sent out Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.
The 76ers will select 3rd, while Phoenix fell 2 areas and is 4th.
The Celtics were going to remain in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. They were ensured no even worse than the No4 choice to contribute to a group that had the very best record in the East this season. And they still get another first-round choice next season from the Nets, who likely will miss out on the playoffs once again.
Boston obtained the Nets 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round choices in the offer.
Their success made it 3 straight years the group with the very best chances has actually won the lotto, after going the previous years without a success. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting ultimate Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.
The draft is thought about a strong one, filled with point player such as Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and DeAaron Fox.
And the Lakers will get an opportunity to take among them after beating the chances to go up in their very first year with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as their group president. They had about a 53% opportunity of falling out of the leading 3, which would have set off a trade of the choice as staying payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.
Not just that, however they would have needed to trade their 2019 first-round choice to Orlando if that took place, so Johnson was all smiles after ending up behind the competing Celtics.