Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery

Since the advent of the lottery for the 1985 National Basketball Association draft, the Pistons haven't had very much luck.

The Mavericks' youth movement is already paying dividends and players like Harrison Barnes, Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell had the best seasons of their careers. They wound up with the fifth overall pick.

Their best odds are to pick seventh (57.24) or drop to eighth (22.65). DeBusschere was on the dais when the Knicks won the first-ever lottery in 1985, earning the chance to select Patrick Ewing.

Yes, Ball qualifies as one of the entities with the most to gain or lose with how the lottery shakes out tomorrow. Why? The team is back in the lottery after making the playoffs previous year. And given their lottery history, they're probably more likely to move down than to move up.

Breaking up The Big Three might hand the Boston Celtics the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Having tried Russell off the ball some last season, the Lakers feel confident they could play him alongside a dynamic rookie point guard. Adding Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum to that mix could add the final pieces to the NBA's next dynasty. So, the Celtics via the Nets could get no worse than the No. 4 pick.

Two picks in top seven: 53.1%. They are in an interesting situation since they have yet to be eliminated from the playoffs. Those first fifteen minutes or so will be filled with talking, largely about the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

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"I think it depends on the pick", Ainge said.

But even so, Ford notes that it's unlikely that the Celtics would pass on a No. 1 talent because of the lack of a one-on-one workout. The Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance to receive a top three selection. "If that was the "must" situation, if you had to choose I'm choosing that No. 1 pick".

Tuesday night will mark the 19th time the Timberwolves have been in the draft lottery. That's in part because their pick is top-3 protected. If the pick is inside the top three, it becomes unprotected in 2018. UCLA guard Lonzo Ball goes to the Lakers, Kansas swingman Josh Jackson goes to the Suns and NC State point guard Dennis Smith goes to the 76ers at No. 4.

Charlotte had the 11th worst record in the league this past season. Los Angeles holds the third best odds at receiving the top spot, but there is a scenario that is absolutely terrifying for those in Laker land.

The Chicago Bulls are in a position where they need to hit on a few draft picks in consecutive years to turn around the franchise. They have a 57 percent chance of sticking at No. 7. The Kings have their own pick (No. 8) and the New Orleans Pelicans' pick (No. 10). Heat general manager Andy Elisburg will be working behind the scenes at the actual lottery before the picks are unveiled to the public on ESPN.

While the numbers above show a 0.0% chance the Pistons end up with the 14th pick, it is actually possible. However, outside of top three the pick will belong to the Kings.


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