Boston Celtics win the NBA Draft Lottery

Colin Cowherd

Colin Cowherd

"It's a good time to be a Celtics fan".

The Suns have only drafted in the top four on six occasions previously, taking Bender fourth overall in 2016, Armen Gilliam second in 1987, Alvan Adams fourth in 1975, John Shumate fourth in 1974, Corky Calhoun fourth in 1972 and Neal Walk second in 1969. With the first overall pick previous year, they drafted forward Ben Simmons out of LSU.

Owner Wyc Grousbeck indicated the Boston Celtics are unlikely to trade away the top pick in June's draft.

"I think we'll receive more calls than we'll make", he said. Last night they entered the National Basketball Association lottery with a chance at the #1 pick, and a guarantee of a pick in the top four. You've got a young person you can help mold and grow with. And you get to max money eventually - five, six years down the road - but it's a totally different thing. Let's just hope he makes the right move with this pick. And that transformation continues with this draft pick.

With its most recent lottery pick, NY drafted power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who has since become a franchise cornerstone. The Ball family isn't interested in auditioning for any other teams. That would seem to place the Celtics, who already employ a franchise point guard in Isaiah Thomas, in a tricky spot.

"Markelle Fultz is the ideal pick for them", Ball said.

Many consider this year's draft to be very deep. Well, except for that one skill, the one the Sixers desperately need.

That's because throughout this season the conversation hasn't so much been about which team would come out of the East, as much as how much resistance any team could offer the Cavs.

"You see, you don't know what's been going on in L.A. They've been like, 'Oh my god, we blew it, ' " Johnson said. He would immediately strengthen the roster and give coach Brad Stevens the sort of weapon he craves. The 76ers will also receive the Lakers' 2018 first round draft pick and the Kings' 2019 first-rounder with no protections. The draft class is full of guards but the 76ers could use a versatile player to man the backcourt with Simmons, who is expected to run the point position. He is the most complete player in the entire draft class. "We're ready to take on whatever they bring".

This is one reason Boston should not trade the top pick. That kind of foresight is something 28 other teams wish they had, and only the Boston Celtics have shown.

Suddenly, the Boston Celtics' future looks a lot better than their present.

Still, something could open up for Boston. In the deal that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, the Kings received promising guard Buddy Hield and the Pelicans first-round pick.

This could be another enthralling offseason for Celtics fans.

"They hit us first".

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