Number 1 seed Celtics land first draft pick in 2017 draft

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Tuesday night was the most important night of the year for several franchises in disarray.

Like everything in sports, there were winners and losers. What if he and Wyc Grousbeck want the Celtics to win now? If the Lakers would have dropped outside of the top three, their pick would have gone to the Philadelphia 76ers (who will be picking third overall, thanks to a pick swap with the Sacramento Kings) as part of a trade from a few years back.

Fox had his best game of the season against Ball's UCLA team in the NCAA Tournament, recording 39 points and four assists in their Sweet 16 matchup. Luckily for them, they won big.

That point guard drafted two years ago is none other than D'Angelo Russell, and with Ball emerging as the Lakers' likely selection for this year, uncertainty has started to cloud Russell's future in Los Angeles.

Out of that group, Ball is the most likely to be a Laker next season. Now that they have kept their pick, they will have the chance to do that. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.

In addition to the fourth overall pick, the Suns possess their own second-round pick (32nd overall) and Torontos second-round pick (54th).

Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft. The Lakers managed to hold onto their pick for another season. But this is a draft loaded with talent, so Philly should come out well either way. But there is a clear appetite for picks in this draft that could lead to potential lopsided trades. That performance has helped solidify him as a top-five pick.

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It's easy to be negative with anything regarding the Kings, but there are positives to take away from this night. Seventeen go in the first round of this mock draft.

I have made a decision to put together a starting lineup of players that the Kings have lost in a transaction via trade or waiving. Or, they could have just stayed put. Grousbeck explained the importance of having picks, dismissing the idea of the Celtics potentially trading it. Their pick is only top-three protected, so if the Pelicans don't move up from the 10th spot into the top three spots, the pick goes to the Kings. I mean, the ZO2s, with the second pick. But those bad deals are in the past.

Editor's note: SportsDay's Eddie Sefko recently wrote a series of columns chronicling the Mavericks' NBA draft lottery picks. There's no reason to complain.

There was no luck at No. 13 for the Nuggets on Tuesday night. Another case where tanking didn't necessarily equate to the way it was intended.

Boston already obtained first-round picks from Brooklyn in 2014 and 2016.

It would have been great for them to jump into the top three. "They're going for a championship". I feel for you, Magic fans.

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