Now we get to the 2017 pick in a top-heavy, talent-rich draft that could be first overall and an upcoming 2018 selection to look forward to.
Without a first-round pick previous year, Jackson tried to fortify his team by trading for Derrick Rose and spending $72 million of free-agent money Joakim Noah.
The Celtics had the best of odds or receiving the No. 1 pick at 25 percent, and the ping-pong balls bouncing Boston's way completed a memorable two-day stretch for the storied franchise. The Nets must settle for the Celtics' No. 27 pick, and they picked up Washington's No. 22 pick in a trade deadline deal that sent Bojan Bogdanovic to the Wizards. That is a special moment for each player, and when they get their name called they'll be handed that team's draft hat to put on before going up to shake the commissioner's hand and take some pictures. Oh, and the Celtics also wrangled from the Nets the option to swap first-round picks in 2017, a move that set them up for a celebration Tuesday when Brooklyn finished with the league's worst record. (Next year's Lakers first round pick unconditionally goes to the Sixers, and they owe the Magic two second rounders but not a first). If he is still available during the second round, which is a pretty big if, Charlotte may look to pick the Oklahoma native.
Philadelphia selected LSU star Ben Simmons first overall in 2016, but he missed his entire rookie season due to an ankle injury. "So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier". And the team has yet to make the Playoffs since Howard's departure.
The team that owns the first four-ball combination that's drawn will get the No. 1 pick.
Drafting fourth overall was actually the Suns' highest probability of any single pick at 31.9 percent.
The fifth pick is the Kings' own while the 10th pick comes from New Orleans as part of February's trade of DeMarcus Cousins. "Obviously, we would've loved to be in the top two or three, but it was what I expected", GM Ryan McDonough said.
Whether he's sitting across from Magic Johnson or Phil Jackson during a pre-NBA Draft interview or working out with Phoenix guard Devin Booker, Luke Kennard is preparing for life in pro basketball. Hopefully this is the last time we'll be doing this. He averaged 23.2 points per game (26 per 40) on 50.2 percent shooting inside the arc and 41.7 percent outside of it, all while being the focal point of every defense. The Lakers' future remains uncertain and it is realistic that pick falls in the top five once again.
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